Volvo Celebrates 50 Years of Child Safety

When you ask a parent what the most important thing in their life is, 99% of the time they are going to respond with their child/children. Kids are the most important thing to mothers and fathers, and ensuring their safety is extremely important. And for the last 50 years, Volvo has done everything that they can to provide child safety in their vehicles.

It all started in 1964 when Volvo helped to created the first ever child seat prototype alongside Bertil Aldman. The testing for the child safety seat was done in the Volvo PV544.

Several years later, Volvo introduced the idea of a revisable front passenger seat with special child backrest. With added padding with straps that held the rear facing child in place, this accessory was sold as a solution with the Volvo Amazon.

In 1972, Volvo designed their first rear-facing child seat. This child safety seat supported the neck, and helped to spread the impact of a crash over a larger area to reduce damage.

Volvo introduced the world’s first car booster cushion in 1976. Research from Volvo showed that the booster seat reduced a child’s risk of being in injured in an accident by 75 percent. In 1990, Volvo took this concept a step farther and introduced the world’s first integrated booster seat in the Volvo 960.

In 1999 Volvo showed the world the first ever rear-facing seat for ISOFIX. This was actually a dual rear-facing seat, designed for one infant and one toddler to fit perfectly in the ISOFIX frame.

The two-stage integrated booster cushion was introduced to the world in 2007 in the Volvo V70. This was the first time that a child safety seat could be adjusted based on the child’s height, which allowed for a better safety belt fit.

And earlier this week, Volvo introduced the Inflatable Child Safety Seat Concept. While it is still in the development stage, this concept is easily transferable between cars, and fits in carry-on luggage when flying.

Volvo has been very proactive when it comes to child safety. And that is why for the last 50 years so many people have trusted Volvo with their children’s safety.

What's more important than your child's safety when you're driving around in your Volvo? Nothing.

What’s more important than your child’s safety when you’re driving around in your Volvo? Nothing.

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Volvo Introduces the 2015 S80

Volvo is thrilled about their 2015 lineup. With amazing vehicles such as the XC60, V60, XC70, and S80, why shouldn’t they be! But we want to take the time to look at one of Volvo’s most popular models: the 2015 S80.

The 2015 S80 comes available in two trim levels: the S80 T5 Drive-E and the S80 T6 AWD. The T5 Drive-E is the base for the S80, while the T6 AWD is the more advanced model.

The S80 T5 Drive-E offers many features, including:

  • New 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine with 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • New 8 speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission
  • Wider chrome trim moldings on trunk lid
  • Bright Silver Metallic exterior paint job (optional)
  • New ECO+ with Start/Stop technology and ECO-coast and ECO-climate
  • 18” “Mangi” alloy wheels (optional)

The T6 AWD includes all of the features listed above, but comes standard with 18” “Mangi” alloy wheels, and also has the available Inscription Package with Dark Walnut inlays.

But if you’re really looking to go all out on your new 2015 S80 then you will want to check out one of the available packages.

The Climate Package adds heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, heated windshield, and heated windshield washer nozzles.

If safety is your top priority, then the Technology Package is for you. This package adds Collision Warning with full auto brake, Distance Alert, Road Sign Information, Lane Departure Warning, and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection.

Additional comfort and luxury are what you’ll be getting with the Inscription Package. Leather center armrest, Sovereign Hide full soft leather seats, leather covered dashboard, and Dark Walnut inlays are just a few of the things you’ll get to enjoy with this upgrade.

This has just been a brief overview of what you can expect from the new 2015 S80. For even more information, be sure to stop by your Springfield Volvo dealer and talk to an experienced sales person.

How do you think the new 2015 S80 compares to the previous S80 model featured above?

How do you think the new 2015 S80 compares to the previous S80 model featured above?

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A Look at the 2015 Volvo V60

The 2015 Volvo V60 brings consumers everything that they expect and more from a Volvo.

The 2015 Volvo V60 brings consumers everything that they expect and more from a Volvo.

Everyone really seemed to love the trio of Volvo Concept vehicles that were revealed during the first quarter of the year (the Concept Coupe, Concept XC Coupe, and Concept Estate). And while we loved the idea of these cars, we’d like to turn on focus towards a vehicle that is already here: the 2015 Volvo V60.

The 2015 Volvo V60 is available in three trim levels: T5 Drive-E, T5 AWD, and T6 AWD R-Design. While each trim level has the same basic design, each has its own unique characteristics that set it apart from the others.

Let’s start with the T5 Drive-E, the basic trim for the new V60. It comes standard with a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and 8 speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission. The T5 also features 17” “Pandora” alloy wheels, power glass moonroof, and Volvo Sensus with integrated 7-inch color display.

Moving up a level on to the T5 AWD, consumers can expect to see 2.5 liter turbocharged engine, producing 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Consumers are also treated with Sirius Satellite Radio (and a six month trial subscription), HD radio, Bluetooth, and Corner Traction Control by Torque Vectoring.

Lastly, we look at the 2015 Volvo V60 T6 AWD R-Design. Powered by a 3.0 liter 6 cylinder turbocharged engine with Polestar performance, this vehicle puts out 325 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. And you will also be delighted to find 18” “Ixion” alloy wheels, roof rails, Keyless Drive with Personal Car Communicator, rear park assist camera, Active Dual Xenon headlights with washers, and Adaptive digital TFT display.

And while those are the standards for each trim, more options are available, including:

  • Climate Package with heated seats and steering wheel
  • Technology Package with Collision Warning, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, and Lane Departure Warning
  • Stand Alone Options such as metallic paint, Urbane Wood inlays, heated seats, park assist, and NuBuck leather seating

We are extremely excited for the 2015 Volvo V60. We hope to see you at our Illinois Volvo dealership so that we can go on a test drive with you!

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Volvo S80 and XC60 Getting Luxury Inscription Package

Volvo has been gaining a lot of attention lately with their trio of concept vehicles – the Concept Coupe, Concept XC Coupe, and Concept Estate. And while we love to see where the brand COULD go, we also love seeing where the brand IS going. Such as when Volvo announced that they will be increasing the luxury on their 2015 S80 and 2015 XC60 with a luxury Inscription package.

The luxury Inscription package will be solely featured on the 2015 S80 and 2015 XC60, and will include exclusive Inscription Sovereign Hide full soft leather over majority of the interior surfaces, including the front and rear seats, instrument panels, and head rests. Areas that are not covered in the leather will trimmed in premium wood inlays.

Anders. H. Gustavsson, Vice President VLM Special Products at Volvo Car Group, said that the luxury Inscription package would offer consumers an upgraded luxury experience in the interior of their vehicle. He also went on to say that “It is perfectly in line with our aim to move towards a more premium brand position.”

Those who are interested in getting the upgraded interior for their upcoming S80 and XC60 will have their choice of three personalized exterior colors:  Crystal White Pearl, Electric Silver, Ember Black. The S80 will feature unique 19” wheels, while the XC60 will have its own unique 20” wheels.

No details about pricing have been released at this point, but we will be sure to keep all of our Illinois Volvo fans updated with information on Twitter.

The Volvo XC60, featured here, is going to be receiving a luxury Inscription package for the 2015 model year.

The Volvo XC60, featured here, is going to be receiving a luxury Inscription package for the 2015 model year.

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Roads Getting Safer Thanks to Volvo Connected Car Technology

It seems to be a reoccurring theme; Volvo and safety. But what else can you expect when a company is by far the leader in safety in the auto industry. And the only way to stay at the top is by coming up with the most advanced safety features. And with Volvo Connected Car Technology, they are looking to do just that.

It was awhile back (many months) when we first told Volvo lovers about a technology that the company was working on that would allow for Volvo cars to “talk” to each other about upcoming traffic or road hazards.

For example, if you’re driving along a road and out of nowhere hit a sheet of ice and begin to slide, your Volvo will register that information into its database, and will then send it to all other Volvos in the same area. The information will be transmitted through a phone network, and an illuminated warning will then appear on other Volvo’s instrument cluster.

“The strategic focus on connectivity within our new Scalable Product Architecture paves the way for more cloud-based safety solutions. This will bring us closer to our safety vision that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,” says Volvo Project Manager Erik Israelsson.

Currently, there are 50 test cars on the road with Volvo Connected Car Technology. Volvo’s goal is to have this technology fully functional and available on all new Volvos within the next couple of years.

Continuing to move towards the future, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe is just one of the vehicles that could potentially have Volvo Connected Car Technology.

Continuing to move towards the future, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe is just one of the vehicles that could potentially have Volvo Connected Car Technology.

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IIHS Research Shows You Need Backup Cameras

Have you ever been in a super crowded parking lot, where you were just barely able to find a parking spot? Nothing worse than realizing that once you’ve completed your shopping, you’re going to have to leave that parking lot. And it’s probably not going to be an easy task, since you can’t see anything behind you. That’s just one of the few reasons why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that consumers need a backup camera.

Every year, approximately 300 people are killed in “back-over” crashes, and another 18,000 are seriously injured. The IIHS believes that if all vehicles came standard with a backup camera, such as the Volvo Park Assist Camera, many of these incidents could be completely avoided.

In order to provide evidence of the effectiveness of backup cameras compared to parking sensors, the IIHS conducted two tests. The first was seeing which technology helped drivers detect obstacles in their blind spot and below the windshield.

In the second test, drivers were asked to park a vehicle. While the vehicle was moving, a foam “child” would pop up, and drivers were to try to avoid hitting it.

In both tests, the backup cameras proved to be a better option than parking sensors alone (although parking sensors did show an added benefit when compared to no assistance). However, the IIHS did find that when used together, backup cameras and parking sensors provide the most assistance in avoiding accidents.

The IIHS is highly recommending that moving forward, vehicles come standard with backup cameras. Volvo, as the leader in safety in the auto industry, has already taken this action with many of their vehicles, including the 2014 S60.

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Apple CarPlay coming to Volvo XC90

It was just the other week that we got our first look at Volvo’s idea for their new infotainment system in the Concept Estate. While not all the details about it are available, we do know one thing that consumers will enjoy about it: Apple CarPlay.

The idea is pretty simple actually. Take everything that consumers love about their iPhones, iPods, and iPads, and integrate it into an infotainment system.

Apple CarPlay has been specially designed to allow drivers to use voice and steering wheel controls to access all of the favorite Apple features, including messaging, music, maps, and calls.

“iPhone users will feel completely at home in a new Volvo. We have created a wholly-integrated user experience in our large portrait-oriented touch screen that takes the in-car mobile device experience to a new level. That, coupled with the obvious driver safety benefits of an advanced voice control system like Siri, made Apple a perfect match for Volvo,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

The first car to receive Apple CarPlay will be the all new Volvo XC90, which over the years has become the best selling model in Volvo’s history. So it makes perfect sense to add an incredible infotainment system to a vehicle that consumers already love.

If you have yet to see what Apple CarPlay is capable of, we suggest checking out this video, and then coming in to see us at our Springfield Volvo dealership.

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New Volvo Infotainment System Revealed in Concept Estate

Since Volvo first unveiled the first of its three concept cars of the year, there has been a lot of talk about the exterior design of the car, and very minimal talk about something that most consumers use more than they realize: the interior features. That’s why we want to take some time to talk to you about the new Volvo infotainment system that was revealed in the new Volvo Concept Estate.

The new infotainment system will feature an impressive easy to use touchscreen that will be able to manage most of the entertainment functions, except for volume, hazard lights, and a couple other functions that the company believes are still better off with buttons/controls.

“Information, navigation and media are high up and easy to keep an eye on. The phone controls, application icons and climate controls are located low, comfortable to reach and touch. Using the screen is so logical that it will be part of your muscle memory very quickly,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Design.

The new Volvo infotainment system will consist of four tiles, which will cover information, navigation, phone functions, and media. Just above the tiles will be a notification band, while the climate controls will be featured at the bottom of the screen.

It might seem like a lot to understand with words, so how about we just show you this video of the new Volvo infotainment system, so you can really get an idea of what you can expect.

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Pure Tension Pavillion from Volvo to Make US Debut at Palm Springs

The Pure Tension Pavillion, designed for the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, may change the way we view hybrid cars forever.

The Pure Tension Pavillion, designed for the V60 Plug-in Hybrid, may change the way we view hybrid cars forever.

Several months ago we discussed a new technology that Volvo had been working on; the Pure Tension Pavillion. Following up with that previous discussion, we would like to let everyone know that Volvo finally revealed their new technology in the US during Modernism Week in Palm Springs.

To recap, the Pure Tension Pavillion is a free standing portable charging station made out of a tensioned membrane. The pavillion was originally designed to power up the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which is the first ever diesel plug-in hybrid.

“The Volvo ‘Pure Tension pavilion’ anticipates a vision of the future of electric recharging — the car doesn’t go in search of it, instead it goes where the car goes,” said Alvin Huang, Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), a Los-Angeles based contemporary design studio who conceived and created the pavilion.

During the Modernism Week, the Pure Tension Pavillion will be presented by SDA to a panel of Volvo experts to discuss the technology and the benefits that it will bring. The panel will consist of:

  • Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles
  • Greg Goldin, former automotive columnist, Curator, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles “Never Built Los Angeles’ Exhibition 2013
  • Paul Meyers, automotive expert, former Robb Report correspondent and social media guru

Volvo is very excited about the Pure Tension Pavillion. It has the potential to change the way that people view plug-in hybrids/electric vehicles. The pavillion could make charging much more convenient, and add a lot of interest into this segment of the auto market.

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Why You Should Consider Winter Tires

Winter tires are perfect for the snow... But even this may be more than they can handle.

Winter tires are perfect for the snow… But even this may be more than they can handle.

Let’s face it. Winter can be a real pain in the rear. Not just yours, but your car’s too! Winter in Illinois can cause a lot of problems for drivers. And if you don’t have winter tires, you could end up rear ending someone, or worse, sliding off of the road.

Winter tires differ in a lot of ways from regular tires, and even from all-season tires. For starters, winter tires are designed to not only handle well in the snow, but are also manufactured to be able to better respond to the cold.

One example of how winter tires can handle things so much better are a little thing called sipes. Seriously, they are the little grooves in the tread of a tire that help create more grip. They may not look like much, but those sipes can be the difference between sliding through a stop sign and safely braking.

The material that winter tires are made out of also attribute to their ability to handle snow and cold better than other tires.

“The main difference is the compound; the materials a tire’s tread is made out of. The chemistry behind the rubber compounds is just amazing,” says Anant Gandhi, product manager at Bridgestone Americas about winter tires.

It is important to note that even though winter tires can be used during summer driving, it really is not ideal. While there are no effects that will harm your vehicle, there really is no point in wearing through them when you don’t have to. A good indication of when to use them is if you start to regularly see your breath outside.

Winter tires are ideal for the cold snowy months in not only Illinois, but anywhere that snow and cold weather is an issue.

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