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10. Volvo XC90
Shopping for a new car? Then chances are you’re not in the market for one of these ten vehicles. Unless, of course, you put a lot of value on the individuality of your vehicle.
The following list, compiled by TrueCar for 247WallSt details the Top 10 cars that sat on dealership lots the longest before being sold.
Coming in at tenth place is the Volvo XC90 which spends an average of 119 days in inventory, and has seen 4,705 units move off dealership lots so far this year. The XC90 starts at $40,615 and is a mid-size seven-passenger SUV and is the largest model in the Swedish automaker’s XC lineup. It might also be one of the safest SUVs on the market, but its traditional Volvo styling might be turning off buyers. The XC90 is powered by a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine with 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and gets an estimated 16 MPG city, 25 MPG highway rating in front-wheel drive form.
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The Volvo XC90 got a refresh for the 2013 model year, with the Swedish automaker boasting that it’s the most significant update to the SUV since it launched a decade ago.
The updated XC90 now has color-matched front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and wheel arches that gives it a sleeker appearance on the outside. New LED daytime running lights are now standard along with LED taillights. Accenting the SUV is a new silver front bumper bar, chrome taillight trim, matte rearview mirrors, and 18-inch ‘Thalia’ wheels. Two new color choices are also available for 2013: Twilight Bronze metallic and Flaminco Red metallic.
On the inside, the seven-passenger XC90 now has new luxury accents such as sanded aluminum inlays, white instrumentation lighting, and a leather strap on the tailgate. Higher models receive standard sovereign hide soft leather seating surfaces, red wood inlays and gearshift knob, and executive floor mats. Available as an option for all trim levels is a red wood steering wheel, while rain sensor windshield wipers and headlight washers are now standard fare.
The R-Design model features sporty 19-inch ‘Ixion’ wheels along with sport-tuned suspension and steering. In addition, the higher trim model also includes an R-Design grille, leather seating surfaces, R-Design steering wheel, watch dial instruments, and floor mats.
The XC90 is powered by a 3.2-liter inline-six engine with 240-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with all-wheel drive available as an option.
Pricing for the base XC90 3.2 starts at $39,500 while the base R-Design model is $42,300. The top-of-the-line R-Design Platinum is $45,400 excluding an $895 destination charge.
GALLERY: 2013 Volvo XC90
Volvo new U.S. CEO, John Maloney, is predicting nothing but good things for the company, and has released some details on how he plans to grow the Swedish brand.
Starting with new vehicles, Volvo has announced that in 2014 we can expect a flexible mid to large size platform that will be used to replace more than one vehicle, starting with the XC90 crossover. The following year, in 2015, Volvo says that we will see an all new S80 sedan.
A brand new four cylinder naturally aspirated or turbocharged engine will be unveiled in 2014 along with the new vehicle lineup that will replace the existing six-cylinder and V8 Volvo motors. Plug in hybrids are also expected from the Swedish automaker, but there have been no official announcements as to when we may see those in the U.S. market.
To prepare for the upcoming year, Volvo has increased production on the XC60 crossover and the S60 sedan at Swedish plants to ensure there is no supply shortages, as there were in 2011, which held back some vehicles from getting to dealer showrooms when they were in demand.
Maloney predicts that Volvo’s total sales for this year will have a 25 percent increase from last year, a surprising number when you consider Volvo has no new models this year, only a facelift for the XC90.
[Source: Auto News]
We now have a better idea of what Volvo’s next generation XC90 may look like thanks to a quartet of sketches the Swedish automaker has released to the public. Reports are that Volvo intends to release its new XC90 sometime in 2014 and it should incorporate the automaker’s new Scalable Platform Architecture.
Few details are available for the successor of the popular crossover, but chances are Volvo will be looking towards a hybrid variant as well as outfitting it with a four-cylinder force-induced powerplant. For now we’ll just have to enjoy the sketches to see the design ideas that Volvo has, but so far we like what we see.
GALLERY: Next Generation Volvo XC90
Volvo has updated its near-iconic XC90 SUV for 2012, adding some exterior and interior changes along with some technology to make it more 2012-friendly. The newly refined SUV now features daytime running lights, giving the front more character along with its redesigned silver metallic bumper bar and silver roof rails. A subtle, but classy accent is a new color-coordinated lower door molding. In the rear, the taillights now have dual light guides, LED brake lights and a silver turn indicator bulb – though it still blinks orange. Lastly, 18-inch six-spoke wheels in a matte silver finish are now factory to the XC90.
“The XC90 still boasts all the virtues that have made it one of our most successful models ever. The spacious and flexible crossover combines excellent handling and comfort with superior get-you-there ability and flexibility. Now we have upgraded the XC90 with a number of features that emphasise the large SUV’s unique blend of sophisticated elegance and capable ruggedness,” says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at the Volvo Car Corporation.
On the inside, Volvo has done several upgrades giving it a more luxurious feel. From the three-spoke steering wheel to the standard aluminum decor, Volvo has gone through all the tiny details of the interior enhancing every bit of it. Special models include an Exclusive Executive version and the sporty R-Design with the Exclusive Executive version adding more luxurious amenities including soft leather seats with ventilation and massage functions. The R-Design features redesigned upholstery, inlays, door panels and unique 19-inch wheels.
The 2012 XC90 will come powered by a 3.2L inline-six with 243-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque; and in some markets (not North America) two diesel options will be available. These include a D5 turbo diesel with 200-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, or a FWD 2.4L five-cylinder D3 turbo diesel engine with 163-hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
Technology enhancements include Volvo’s On Call system, Bluetooth integration and tight integration with Android and iOS devices. The mobile application allows owners to locate their XC90, start the heater remotely, check the vehicle’s dashboard data (fuel, average speed, odometer, etc.) and do a general “health” check of the vehicle.
GALLERY: 2012 Volvo XC90
As part of their partnership with Volvo, Legoland in California features a pair of Volvo Driving Schools (for different age ranges) that are meant to teach youngsters your basic driving skills and techniques. Of course each Lego-built vehicle at these driving schools resemble Volvos and are Volvo-branded, so it was only a matter of time until employees found a Volvo driver within their ranks to play a prank on.
After finding the perfect target, the employees setup their own General Manager of Legoland California, Peter Ronchetti. As he was leaving for lunch one day, he was treated to a surprise when he realized his Volvo XC60 had been replaced with a life-sized Lego Volvo XC90. The Lego-built Volvo XC90 is a very impressive creation, built from 201,076 Lego blocks and requires a forklift to move around weighing in at 2,934-lbs.
It’s a pretty clever and cute little prank to play on their General Manager. Here’s to hoping he returned the favor to his employees with Lego-built paychecks.
Check out the video after the break.
Like the waistline of its parent country’s bikini models, Volvo is considering trimming down—cutting its product line in half, including its legendary wagons.
Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby believes that in America, its core products are the S60, the XC60 and XC90 SUVs. That means no more S40, no goofy-but-unloved C30 hatchback, and perhaps most egregious of all: no more V50 and V70 wagons. What is Volvo without its longroofs? Who knows, but there will likely be some members of Ithaca, New York’s Free Tibet chapter who will be sorely disappointed.
As Volvo aims to sell 120,000 cars annually—it is currently pushing less than half of that, at 53,948 vehicles for 2010—it is also considering its own captive finance division through its dealers. It will need to ink a deal with a major financial institution, as right now Volvo only offers financing through U.S. Bank.
[Source: AutoNews via Autoblog]
Rumored to have been axed, Volvo North America CEO Doug Speck has confirmed plans to keep the XC90 SUV alive. In a recent interview with Automotive News, Speck commented that the automaker intends to “bring an all-new XC90 to the market.”
Introduced in 2002, the XC90 is still on its first generation, receiving new engines and visual updates along the way.
The move is part of a larger push by Volvo to reestablish itself as a true premium brand, and to focus on building up its core models first. Based on the same platform as the S80 sedan, look for a new version of that car to arrive over the next few years first.
[Source: Automotive News]
Volvo will reduce the number of models sold in the United States as part of their effort to bump up sales. While Volvo currently sells nine models in the United States, three of them are expected to be cut.
The first victim is expected to be the V50 wagon, a car well regarded by the automotive press but largely ignored by the buying public. Speaking to Automotive News, Volvo’s U.S. chief Doug Speck said that the S60 sedan and XC60 and XC90 crossovers will remain the focus of the brand. That leaves the C70 convertible, C30 small coupe, XC70 crossover, S40 compact sedan and S80 large sedan left as potential candidates for culling.
Volvo sells 50 percent fewer cars than it did at its peak in 2004. One dealer lamented the lack of green products as a major handicap, noting Volvo’s typical owner profile and their frequent association with environmental causes. “The very seriously lacking element in the United States is that we have exactly zero green products — no diesel, no hybrids, nothing,” said Kjell Bergh, a Minneapolis-area Volvo dealer.
[Source: Automotive News]
NHTSA has announced that just over 6,000 2011 Volvos will be recalled due to an issue that could see a fuel cutoff engaged due to the engine computer’s parameter being too sensitive.
Drivers could have the fuel cutoff engaged at an inappropriate time, causing the engine to stall. The defect is present in the 2011 S60, S80, XC60 and XC70 models. Volvo will update the engine computer software free of charge something around December 10th. Owners can contact Volvo at 1.800.458.1552 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.