New to the Used Market: Volvo XC40

As the first used example of the Volvo XC40 arrives on CarGurus, we thought it was worth reflecting on just why this SUV has created such a buzz. After all, not so long ago the arrival of a new Volvo was greeted with all the anticipation of the opening of a bank statement, and yet here we all are seriously contemplating the switch to a Swedish motor not only for its sensible safety credentials, but because it’s – dare we say it? – one of the coolest cars around.

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With Volvo’s Comeback Complete, What’s Next?

Well, they did it.

Written off as a doomed automaker when Ford unloaded it to Geely Automotive in 2010, Volvo has defied the odds and roared back to life while keeping its Swedish charm under Chinese ownership.

That wasn’t supposed to happen.

While execs at Volvo remained confident through the transition that they’d bring the company back to life, we have to take a moment and point out that Saab’s executives once thought the same thing.

Sinking automakers rarely can find the cash—or the buyers—to become relevant again and—like Saab—tend to disappear into the night.

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Are Volvo’s Best Days Still Ahead?

Volvo XC90 R-Design - model year 2016

Growing up, Legos held a special place in my heart and a special corner in the toy closet. I kept them in one large, white-topped Rubbermaid storage bin (lest my parents find one underfoot at the wrong hour of the morning) and can’t fully fathom how many hours I spent digging through piece after piece to find a color-matching, 2×1-size brick. I took great pride in my creations, but even greater satisfaction in dismantling each, pouring the bricks back into my big rubber container, and starting the process all over again.

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Tesla, Autopilot, and the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Tesla AutoPilot

From the first press release outlining Tesla’s Autopilot technology, potential customers have wondered how the system works, what its limitations are, and whether it will be welcomed or shunned. Since Joshua Brown’s fatal crash while using Autopilot in a Tesla Model S, these questions have grown larger and more pointed. Without a doubt, popular opinion has shifted toward negativity. But should it?

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Yes, That’s a Volvo

2016-Volvo-XC90

Volvo is about to become more popular than ever.

The Swedish automaker gained a reputation for safety as early as the 1920s, when Managing Director Assar Gabrielsson said,

Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain, safety.

That’s a sentiment that remains with the company to this day. More recently, the principles of design, comfort, and performance have also played a large part in the company’s strategy.

With new models on the way, Volvo is evolving from the old days of “boxy-but-good” to a new era of innovation in technology and design.

The 2016 XC90 is a bit of an oxymoron because it’s the first all-new vehicle the company has introduced since being sold by Ford and picked up China’s Geely Automotive. Even under Chinese ownership, the XC90 is the most Swedish Volvo the company has built in decades.

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More Than Just Safety: Can Volvo Branch Into Performance?

2016 Volvo XC-90

2016 Volvo XC90

When my 2008 Audi Q7 needed to go in for repairs, the shop was nice enough to loan me a car for a couple of days. At first glance I thought it was nice, but once I sat behind the wheel, I knew I’d miss the comfort and luxury of my car.

The loaner 2004 Volvo S40 drove like a 1984 Honda Accord and put a bad taste in my mouth for all things Volvo.

Maybe it’ll take a Polestar to make things better.

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Volvo’s New Plan: Bad for the Buyer?

2016 Volvo XC90

By trying to be different, Volvo is enacting a plan that many have already tried.

In the past I’ve been in full agreement with the concept behind Volvo’s plan. It probably is time that the way we purchase cars begins to change. The thing is, the change suggested could actually end up hurting consumers financially.

News is making the rounds this week about Volvo’s new marketing plan, which cuts out most auto-show participation and introduces online car buying to customers. The theory of shoppers being able to build their ideal cars online, then order with the push of a button, makes sense. But is the convenience really a good thing?

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Volvo Redefines the Luxurious and Purposeful Interior

2015 Volvo XC90, Interior

I thought I had it good with my Q7.

I’ve embarked on road trips with 4 kids, I’ve taken it on a trip with 5 other full-grown adults, I’ve used it to pull trailer-loads of trash to the dump, I’ve hauled a 600-pound concrete fountain, and just this weekend I brought home 425 masonry bricks in the back.

The big Audi has done all this for me without a single complaint and in extreme comfort. I thought I had it good. Until, that is, I read about the interior of the all-new Volvo XC90.

I must have one.

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