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Volvo’s Hottest New Models For 2020 – V60, XC60, XC90 – What You Need To Know

The Volvo brand has been on fire lately, coming out with exciting new models as well as smashing sales goals at a time when many manufacturers sales are slowing. There is a focus for 2020 on sportier SUV variants like the XC60 Polestar Engineered and active lifestyle cars such as the V60 Cross Country. So let’s take a close look at three of Volvo’s hottest new models.

2020 XC60 Polestar Engineered

The XC60 is one of Volvo’s most popular SUVs and for good reason. It has a reasonable starting price of around $40,000 which is comparable with many midsize luxury SUVs and it offers plenty of interior space without being cumbersome to drive.

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For 2020 however, Volvo decided to cozy up with high-performance German rivals like the Audi SQ5 and BMW X3M, by giving the XC60 Polestar Engineered their potent T8 powertrain which is actually a plug-in hybrid, but one that generates a staggering 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque.

That’s enough power to get it from 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds, which is a hair quicker than the SQ5 rated at 5.1 seconds 0-60. It’s worth mentioning base SQ5 starts around $55,000 but with options you’re hitting the $67,000 dollar mark where as the XC60 PE is just a few thousand more and comes fully loaded with all but two options which are a 22” wheel upgrade and metallic paint, both priced at $800 or less. So when you consider pricing, the XC60 has more capabilities plus it’s faster for about the same money.

2020 V60 Cross Country

The V60 Cross Country is now in its second generation and adds more capability off the beaten path than what its sibling the V60 offers. The Cross County model gets 2.5″ more ground clearance, all-wheel drive is standard, plus there are a few added exterior design elements which make it stand out, such as rugged wheel arches and moldings. If you’re a big fan of mountain biking, hiking, camping or kayaking and need a vehicle that isn’t afraid to get a little dirty and offers plenty of cargo space, then the V60 Cross Country could be the perfect option for you.

There is only one engine option available, which is Volvo’s turbocharged T5 powertrain creating 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It feels more than adequate, with plenty of low-end torque and solid fuel economy rated at 22 city and 31 highway.

2020 XC90 Inscription

The XC90 is the most popular Volvo in the United States and while it hasn’t gotten a major redesign since it was introduced in 2015, it has gotten many small updates to keep it competitive with everything else on the road. The XC90 was such a revolutionary vehicle in terms of design and quality when it came out in 2015, there just hasn’t been a need for a full redesign and it can still keep with the best of the best in the segment today.

However, there are a few new changes for 2020 which include a new 6-passenger seating configuration, which is great for families with kids. They’ve also added a new concave front grill design, new wheel designs, high-end wool seats, and additional wood trim options.

Final Thoughts

Volvo is keeping the brand fresh with fun new models like the XC40 and XC60 Polestar Engineered while keeping their most popular XC90 updated with unique trim options and updated seating configurations. But they haven’t forgotten the adventure seeker either with the V60 Cross Country, which would also work well for people with kids who don’t want to drive an SUV. We’re excited to see what the Volvo brand has instore for us next, regardless it should be exciting.

Having been born in the Detroit area, I grew up with motor oil running through my veins. Wanting to put my passion to good use, at age sixteen I co-founded and hosted an automotive-focused YouTube channel, the Oakland Car Review, which garnered millions of views during its run. Transitioning toward written content, I was an early-stage partner in DRIVE Magazine and eventually oversaw its conversion to a fully digital platform. I now lead web operations at ThisIsDrive.com. My work extends to other outlets as well, these include some well-known names, such as Kelly Blue Book’s technology-focused Ride.Tech website. I remain up-to-date on the latest industry happenings by doing hours of research per week so that I can keep you informed. I am pleased to have been published on automotive topics for over five years and I look forward to bringing my passion for the industry and cars themselves to Forbes readers.

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Small Luxury SUV with Scandinavian Premium Feel from Inside and Modern Robotic Look from Outside! New XC40 completes global Volvo line-up for fast-growing premium SUV segment Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, today further expands its line-up of SUVs with the launch of its new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy. At the same time as it introduces the XC40, Volvo Cars also reinvents the traditional model of car ownership with its new ‘Care by Volvo’ subscription service. Care by Volvo, first available on the XC40 from launch, makes having a car as transparent, easy and hassle-free as having a phone. A monthly flat-fee subscription means down payments, price negotiations and local price differences belong to the past. Depending on regional availability, Care by Volvo will also include access to a range of digital concierge services such as fuelling, cleaning, service pick-up and e-commerce delivery to the car. The XC40 with Care by Volvo is available to order online from today in selected markets. XC40 drivers will also be the first Volvo customers who can share their car with friends and family via Volvo on Call with a new digital key technology. Car sharing comes as standard for Care by Volvo customers. The arrival of the XC40 means that for the first time in its history, Volvo Cars has three new, globally available SUVs in what is the fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in terms of sales and profitability. The new XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series including fully electrified vehicles. Co-developed within Geely, CMA provides the company with the necessary economies of scale for this segment. “The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president, and chief executive. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up. So it only feels natural to reveal the XC40 here in Milan, a buzzing European hotspot for fashion, art, design, and lifestyle.” In terms of technology, the XC40 brings the award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from the new 90- and 60 Series cars to the small SUV segment. Like its larger siblings, the XC40 highlights the transformational effect of these new, in-house developed technologies on brand and profitability. These technologies make the XC40 one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs on the market. Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off-Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera that helps drivers maneuver their car into tight parking spaces. The XC40 also offers a radically new approach to storage inside the car. Ingenious interior design provides XC40 drivers with, among other things, more functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console. From start of production, the XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridized as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine. Production of the new XC40 starts in Volvo Cars’ plant in Ghent, Belgium in November, while order books and the Care by Volvo subscription package are open for customers now. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/pL84j2 New Car Videos: https://goo.gl/5nPYXv YouTube: https://goo.gl/eSkzhw Facebook: https://goo.gl/3AZk9U Twitter: https://goo.gl/kj00z5 Instagram: https://goo.gl/zAOTrp Google+: https://goo.gl/QWO4jX Website: http://www.alphasquadofficial.com Submit Your Video: as.official2015@gmail.com

 

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2019 Lexus ES 350 F-Sport – 3 Things You Need To Know

The Lexus brand has worked hard over the past few years to redesign it’s lineup in accordance with a bold new design theme. The ES is now the latest model to receive a full redesign, effectively turning the look into that of an entirely different car: and for the better. The ES offers a refined ride, quiet interior, and a hybrid powertrain if you’d like to add some electrification to your drive. It competes with cars like the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, and while those models are arguably a bit sportier, neither can match the calming ride of the ES.

Attractive New Exterior Design

The new ES is built on the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform, which Lexus engineered to make vehicles more agile, comfortable and striking.  There is no doubt that the all-new ES is a visually appealing vehicle, and it is easy to spot even in a long lineup of Mercedes and BMW’s. While some people have criticized Lexus for such a daring new design standard, I commend them.  Brands must take big risks to set themselves apart from the competition, or risk fading to the middle of the pack. Thanks to the adventurous decisions Lexus has made, the ES stands out with both instant brand recognition and an iconic look… and that’s exactly how it should be.

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Updated Engine & New 8-Speed Transmission

The ES only offers one petrol engine, a 3.5-liter V6 producing 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, it will accelerate the ES350 from 0-60 in around 6.6 seconds. While it’s not going to win many races, it is more than enough to feel confident and content while driving. It would be nice however, if more potent engines were offered, and it may be something for Lexus to consider adding in the future.  There is nothing to complain about in the new eight-speed transmission either, it’s an incredibly refined gearbox, offering smooth shifts under any and all conditions.

Upgraded Interior

Perhaps the biggest change on the all-new ES is in the interior.  Lexus has employed the latest signature design attributes and technology to make it feel and look like a true luxury car.

When it comes to the F-Sport model’s interior design, Lexus created an all-new kind of metallic cabin trim inspired by the making of a traditional Japanese sword.  Hadori aluminum trim features fluctuating wave patterns that give a three-dimensional appearance that varies depending on the viewing angle.

The seats are some of the most comfortable in-class, offering a unique and sporty design without sacrificing comfort. Even the seat controls and done in a metal finish making the cabin feel refined along with other soft interior elements and real metal trim.

Final Thoughts

The ES F-Sport focuses on comfort first, which is ideal if you are looking for something with a more aggressive look but don’t want to sacrifice comfort for it.  The refined powertrain, coupled with the new 8-speed, is incredibly smooth, though it also makes the ES one of the slowest vehicles in-class. Especially when compared against the base BMW 5 series, which has a 0-60 time of under 6 seconds and offers more power from a standstill, the ES can seem a bit slow. But, it is incredibly important to keep in mind that the ES starts at just $39,500, while the BMW and Audi equivalents are in the mid $50k range, a giant price gap which gives the ES a significant advantage.

Having been born in the Detroit area, I grew up with motor oil running through my veins. Wanting to put my passion to good use, at age sixteen I co-founded and hosted an automotive-focused YouTube channel, the Oakland Car Review, which garnered millions of views during its run. Transitioning toward written content, I was an early-stage partner in DRIVE Magazine and eventually oversaw its conversion to a fully digital platform. I now lead web operations at ThisIsDrive.com. My work extends to other outlets as well, these include some well-known names, such as Kelly Blue Book’s technology-focused Ride.Tech website. I remain up-to-date on the latest industry happenings by doing hours of research per week so that I can keep you informed. I am pleased to have been published on automotive topics for over five years and I look forward to bringing my passion for the industry and cars themselves to Forbes readers.

Source: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F-Sport – 3 Things You Need To Know

For nearly 30 years, the Lexus ES has consistently attracted luxury sedan shoppers wanted comfort, space, and value. Over the years, Lexus followed that same formula and the result in the best-selling Lexus sedan despite its very humble FWD Camry based roots. For 2019, Lexus hopes to inject a healthy dosage of youth to the mix with the very first F-Sport ES. It takes the sleek design from the flagship LS with nearly as much rear seat space as its much larger sibling. The 302 HP V6 still drives the front wheels, but the result of the new GA-K platform makes this 2019 model the sportiness ES Lexus has ever built.

The History of Rolls-Royce

A century of perfection

The turn of the 20th century marked the beginning of an extraordinary partnership between two of the most innovative minds of the moment. Henry Royce, a successful engineer and Charles Rolls, owner of one of the UK’s first motor car dealerships, agreed to sell motor cars under the name Rolls-Royce.

At that moment, a new company was born: Rolls-Royce.

The Best Motor Car in the World

In 1907, the Silver Ghost was declared ‘The Best Car in the World’ after its record breaking success. Travelling from London to Glasgow 27 times – covering 14,371 consecutive miles – the iconic motor car broke the world record for a non-stop motor run while demonstrating unrivalled reliability and comfort.

1930s

In the 1930s, Rolls-Royce broke world records on land and sea. And automation saw the arrival of Phantom III – the first ever Rolls-Royce to be built with a V12 engine.

1940s

The 1940s saw new developments in craftsmanship and design. Until 1959, each Silver Wraith had an individual, coach-built body.

1950s

The 1950s marked the start of a long-standing relationship between Rolls-Royce and the royal family.

1960s

By the time the Swinging Sixties began, Rolls-Royce had begun to appeal to a new breed of owner. Actors, rock stars and celebrities chose the marque as a symbol of their success.

1970s

The 1970s was a challenging decade for Rolls-Royce but, following re-launch as two separate companies, the decade saw the arrival of two exciting new motor cars.

1980s

By 1980, British defence company Vickers had bought Rolls-Royce Motors Limited, producing Rolls-Royce alongside Bentley motor cars. The new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1985.

1990s

The 1990s marked a new chapter in the marque’s history when the BMW Group bought the rights to produce Rolls-Royce motor cars. With the change came a brand new manufacturing facility: the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. It was here that an exciting new chapter would begin.

On the day it acquired the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars brand, BMW Group said it intended to build a plant in England. From a shortlist of possible sites, Goodwood in West Sussex in the south east of England emerged as the natural choice.

Tucked away in the heart of the South Downs National Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Goodwood is a quintessentially English setting. Perfectly in tune with our brand values and customer expectations. Despite it being an entirely new location for Rolls-Royce manufacturing, Goodwood has a strong historical connection to the brand. Sir Henry Royce, one of the company’s founders, lived less than 10 miles away in the charming village of West Wittering from 1917 until his death in 1933.

Starting with a blank sheet of paper, the project was approached in light of one of Sir Henry Royce’s famous quotes: “Strive for perfection in everything you do.” Not only did the facility have to be an extension of the brand, we also wanted to have minimal impact on the environment. So we brought in renowned British architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, whose portfolio includes the Eden Project in Cornwall, the International Terminal at London’s Waterloo Station and the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Built over four and a half years, the award-winning manufacturing facility opened its doors on 1 January 2003. Designed on a 20 x 20 metre grid with steel columns supporting roof lights, the main building is set two metres below the surrounding ground level, to blend into the landscape.

The floor-to-ceiling windows run the length of the Assembly Hall, providing essential natural light for our craftspeople and – for visitors who come to Goodwood – a front-row view of the entire production line. We like to call it ‘the glass mile’.

But, much like the design of a Rolls-Royce motor car, there’s more to our Goodwood home than first meets the eye. The eight-acre curved living roof – the largest in the UK – is home to hardy sedum plants. The green coverage improves the building’s insulation and reduces rainwater runoff, while also acting as an effective camouflage.

After being fully operational for nine years, we extended the Assembly Hall in 2012. By adding an extra 2,500 square metres, we were able to add new space to the Surface Finishing Centre and also to our Bespoke service, which has more than doubled in size since 2003.

As well as blending into its rural surroundings, Goodwood is designed to have the smallest possible impact on the environment. The exterior is clad with a mix of limestone and cedar wood, both from sustainable sources. And the timber louvre panels, activated by a weather station on the roof, control how much light enters the building and reduce our demand for electricity.

The large central lake attracts numerous wild birds, and also guards against flooding by storing excess water. Across the 42-acre site, we’ve established over 400,000 plants and trees of more than 120 species. We also compost all our green waste.

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First Look: McLaren’s Ultimate Road Car, The $2 Milion Hyper-GT Speedtail – Nargess Banks

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This is the Speedtail, McLaren Automotive’s first hyper-GT, joining the marque’s pinnacle “Ultimate Series”. With speeds of up to 250-mph, it is the most powerful road car built by the British company. The Speedtail honors the McLaren F1 icon with its inventive three-seat cabin design. It is ultra-exclusive too, with production kept strictly to a limited 106 numbers, priced at around $2m. All models have been pre-sold – in fact interest far exceeded production plans – for their 2020 customer delivery…….

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nargessbanks/2018/10/26/first-look-mclarens-speedtail/#610c13e858af

 

 

 

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