Real Consumers to Test Self-Driving Volvo Fleet by 2017

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Self-driving cars appear to be one step closer to the average Joe. Volvo aims to put consumers — not engineers or professional drivers — behind the wheel of a test fleet of self-driving XC90 SUVs in Sweden by 2017. Part of the automaker's "Drive Me" initiative, the project will deploy 100 autonomous cars on select roads near Volvo's headquarters in suburban Gothenburg, Sweden.

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The company already has several self-driving prototypes on the road around Gothenburg equipped with its Autopilot technology. It's hardly the first foray into self-driving vehicles, but Volvo research and development chief Peter Mertens called the consumer deployment the "world's first large-scale pilot" of its kind.

By Kelsey Mays | February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

Semi-Autonomous Driving Systems Emphasize Safety

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There are those out there who fear that semi-autonomous driving technology will ultimately lead to lazy drivers. While I certainly understand the argument, the truth is I don't have laser eyes in the back of my head (don't tell my kids). In some instances, these systems can see more and react faster than humans can. And, while much of this technology is still in its infancy, if it prevents a tragedy on the road with my own family, it's hard to argue against it.

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Leading the way in autonomous and semi-autonomous driving is Volvo, which, believe it or not, has a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles on the road currently in Sweden. The automaker is taking what it's learning in that living lab and applying it to semi-autonomous driving technology in its cars here in the U.S.

The new XC90, for example, can completely avoid several different types of crashes without human intervention: front collisions with other cars, pedestrians and cyclists at certain speeds as well as intersection auto braking to avoid a crash from oncoming traffic while turning through an intersection. The XC90 also has autonomous steering that works in conjunction with adaptive cruise control to help fill in the blanks if, for example, a distracted parent turns to check on a child in the backseat. These systems are helping Volvo get closer to its safety goal of no human killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020.

By Kristin Varela | January 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

Does the World Need the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country?

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Not since the extinction of Subaru's Legacy Outback has an off-road-focused crossover sedan been so bold as to even exist. Until now. Volvo is betting on the new S60 Cross Country luxury sedan as yet another way to strut its Swedish quirkiness.

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So just who would buy an S60 sedan pumped up with an extra 2.5 inches of ground clearance? According to Joe Haslem, brand manager for Volvo's entire S60 range, "It's for someone who's grown up out of a Subaru WRX, but is SUV averse. They spend their weekends skiing or exploring wineries." They also might be wagon averse as Volvo revealed the V60 Cross Country late last year.

By Kristin Varela | January 13, 2015 | Comments (3)

Volvo Expands S60 Lineup With Inscription Model

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If a raised version of the S60 sedan isn't what Volvo sedan shoppers are looking for, then maybe it's an extra-long version. Volvo unveiled the S60 Cross Country ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the S60 Inscription will follow.

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The Inscription offers 3.4 inches of additional rear legroom, which Volvo says results in best-in-class space. Aside from the extra length, the model will wear premium materials, including linear Walnut trim and silk metal detailing, as well as Inscription badging. Power will come from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder T5 unit with front- and all-wheel drive.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (2)

Volvo Announces 2016 S60 Cross Country

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On the heels of Volvo announcing a Cross Country version of its new V60 compact wagon, the automaker said it plans to give the same treatment to its midsize sedan, the S60, calling it "the sole contender in the crossover sedan segment." The 2016 S60 Cross Country will make its debut on the Volvo stage next week at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Like the V60 Cross Country, modifications to the new S60 model include an additional 2.5 inches of ground clearance compared to the regular version and a more rugged-looking appearance hinting at its increased off-road abilities. Visual cues distinguishing it include front and rear skid plates, side scuff plates and fender extenders.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 9, 2015 | Comments (6)

2016 Volvo XC90 Video

Volvo's large SUV was last redesigned 12 years ago; for 2016 the XC90 — debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — is all new with a plug-in gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the new XC90 should be worth the wait.

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Inside, Mays says the new XC90 has a cabin full of high quality materials and one of the biggest touch-screens in the industry. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Volvo XC90 Photo Gallery (33 Photos)

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Save for the instantly identifiable diagonal crosspiece logo that is Volvo's trademark, the 2016 XC90 three-row crossover injects some new flare into the Swedish automaker's familiar design. Updated cues include a waterfall grille with vertical bars, T-shaped daytime running lights Volvo likens to Thor's hammer and slightly ridic 22-inch wheels.

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Also departing from garden-variety Volvo style, the seven-seat cabin has a horizontal, stacked dashboard. Other interior features include a crystal shifter, a leather-covered dash and a Bowers & Wilkins premium stereo with an air-ventilated subwoofer.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Volvo XC90: Up Close

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The 2016 Volvo XC90 is one of Volvo's first steps in reviving the Swedish brand in the U.S., which has seen declining sales during the past 10 years. Volvo's new XC90 — debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — could very well change how the general public views Volvo vehicles given the luxurious experience inside the all-new seven-passenger SUV.

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The seven-passenger XC90 is littered with high-quality materials that would look right at home inside a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, combined with technology including a massive touch-screen that wouldn't look out of place in a concept car — think Tesla-Model-S-touch-screen big.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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The version of Volvo's compact wagon that debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show may not look very different from the regular V60 but this is the V60 Cross Country

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Modifications to the compact all-wheel-drive wagon include an additional 2.6 inches of ground clearance compared to the regular V60, 18- or 19-inch high-profile tires and standard hill descent control.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volvo V60 Cross Country to Debut in L.A.

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Tall wagon fans, here's some good news: A year after it joined the lineup, Volvo is expanding its V60 offerings with a new Cross Country model that puts an emphasis on off-roading.

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Modifications to the compact, all-wheel-drive wagon include an additional 2.6 inches of ground clearance compared to the regular V60, 18- or 19-inch high-profile tires and standard hill descent control. The V60 Cross Country will initially launch with Volvo's 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine; no word yet on if it'll get the automaker's more efficient Drive-E turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

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