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Volvo XC60 Recognized as Best Utility Vehicle

The North American International Auto Show is one of the largest meetings of the world’s best automotive and technology engineers and leaders. Held in Detroit, it sets a stage to debut brand-defining vehicles and this year marked its twelfth anniversary, bursting with even more concepts and industry-shaping announcements than in years past.


Three prestigious awards are up for grabs each year: Best Car, Best Truck, and Best Utility Vehicle. A panel of 60 American and Canadian journalist jurors were given 10 points to award in each of the three categories. The panel considered a variety of attributes to decide…

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Multiple Battery Sizes for Volvo EVs

Volvo has something in the works to meet the needs of all consumers. When their first electric car launches in 2019 it will be a compact model sporting a 100 kilowatt-hour battery and offering over 250 miles of range. But what’s most intriguing is that for each EV to follow, multiple battery sizes will be offered.

 

“For each electric car, we will typically have at least two different battery sizes on offer,” Volvo R&D boss Henrik Green stated in a recent interview to Auto Express. “The base variant will be more cost-efficient, but with a slightly limited range…

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Volvo Expands on Concierge Service

The Volvo Concierge app was created to make life a little easier and a recent expansion to its services is proving just that. Owners of 2015 and newer Volvo models are able to do things like order fuel and get their car washed even when it’s not being occupied.


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Through a smartphone app which is coupled with exclusive connected car platforms, your gas tank can be topped off or your car can get washed from the touch of a button whether it’s day or night, and no matter where you might be located (given…

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New Year’s Eve the Alamo Way

The countdown has begun and in just a few days, we will say goodbye to 2017 and ring in a brand new year. Nothing welcomes in the start of a new year like a good party and San Antonio is the place to be for all of the New Year’s Eve festivities. Check out our list of can’t miss events and say hello to 2018 in style!


  1. Howl at the Moon San Antonio: A New Year’s Eve package with HATMSA includes everything you need to have a howling good time with your friends and start 2018 on…

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Volvo Mitigating Turbo Lag

We’ve all experienced turbo lag. The delay between summoning acceleration from the car’s throttle and its (delayed) response from the engine. Volvo engineers have found a seemingly simple and effective solution for combating this challenge.


Volvo engines currently only offer four-cylinders. In order to achieve six-cylinder power, they have set their sights on turbochargers to achieve six-cylinder numbers from inline-four which can lead to significant turbo lag. But of course, leave it to Volvo to come up with clever solutions.

Technically, turbo lag can’t completely be eliminated. However, Volvo is, of course, coming up with some clever…

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Santa Would Drive a Volvo

If Santa didn’t already have a reliable means of transportation to get his job done every Christmas Eve, we are pretty certain he’d drive a Volvo. Between the incredibly generous cargo space, state-of-the-art technology, and highest quality safety features, Volvo’s XC90 SUV has everything he needs to accomplish his rounds in no time!


Volvo’s flagship SUV, the XC90, has been turning heads for a decade. Its bold, yet elegant design also…

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Volvo’s Drive Me Project

Special Volvo vehicles are being delivered to lucky families in a brand new initiative called the Drive Me project. Instead of relying on researchers alone, Volvo will obtain feedback from these families on specially outfitted XC90 SUVs. This valuable feedback will allow Volvo to make crucial adjustments to its self-driving system based on actual daily use.



For now the XC90s will be traditional vehicles, though equipped with Pilot Assist, Volvo’s system of semi-autonomous driver aids. In the future Volvo will slowly introduce the families to increasing levels of autonomy and they’ll receive special directions for operating the more…

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2018 Hybrid XC90 Bigger and Better Than Ever

It’s been three years since Volvo debuted the XC90 SUV which launched them into a new era. But the 2018 plug-in hybrid model promises to introduce more big changes to the flagship luxury SUV, making it even more impressive.



The most powerful version that is currently offered in the XC90 is the twin-engine T8 trim in the existing plug-in hybrid. The 2017 twin-charged engine and electric motor combine to produce 400 horsepower, a huge accomplishment for a 2.0-liter engine. But thanks to an increased battery capacity, the XC90 will become even better in 2018.


This increase in battery…

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Volvo is Crowned Car Tech Brand of the Year

For the second time Volvo was named Car Tech Brand of the Year by Carbuyer. The awards are the result of months of testing and analyzing the in-car technology launched over the previous year by an expert panel of judges. The latest models and their respective technology were put through a series of rigorous and real-world tests before winners were determined.


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It’s no surprise that Volvo came out on top of the most advanced, relevant, and user-friendly car technology on the market today. “It’s clear that car manufacturers are investing ever-larger sums to take the…

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Volvo Subscription Service Due Next Spring

We are finally learning more about the highly-anticipated Care By Volvo Subscription service debuting from Volvo next Spring. At this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Volvo announced more details of the new program, which features an all-inclusive, no-haggle subscription service starting at $600 a month.



The plan is rolling out with the debut of the 2019 XC40 compact SUV that dealerships can expect in Spring of 2018. With pricing starting at $600/month (excluding tax and registration), subscribers can expect insurance, telematics-based concierge service, roadside assistance, and maintenance including allowances for wheel and tire damage, wipers, brake coverage and…

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