To say Volvo has been on a roll would be an understatement, the Swedish brand’s new XC90 mid-size crossover SUV and S90 mid-size luxury sedan rejuvenating interest in the brand’s entire lineup. Volvo…

Volvo Car Canada reports 27.5 percent growth for 2016

To say Volvo has been on a roll would be an understatement, the Swedish brand's new XC90 mid-size crossover SUV and S90 mid-size luxury sedan rejuvenating interest in the brand's entire lineup. Volvo Canada sold 6,103 units in calendar year 2016, which showed a 27.5-percent increase over the 4,788 deliveries experienced in 2015. December resulted in 433 units down the road compared to 340 total sales for the same month the year prior, this strong result marking the fifteenth consecutive month of sales growth in Canada. "2016 was truly an exceptional year for Volvo Canada. Exciting new product, the introduction of advanced technologies and a motivated retailer network led to the Volvo Car brand exceeding expectations in Canada," said Alexander Lvovich, Managing Director, Volvo Car Canada Ltd. "With three new models being unveiled in 2017, the brand is poised for another year of growth as the Volvo Car brand continues to make its impact on the premium car segment in Canada." The big mover Read Full Story
Volvo’s V60 Cross Country isn’t the newest kid on the block, but it’s nevertheless one of two compact crossover wagons in the premium sector. This makes it stand out despite its aging platform,…

2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 Drive-E AWD Premier Road Test Review

Volvo's Cross Country line is mostly unique in the industry. Certainly the Swedish company is not alone when it comes to producing crossover utilities, but unlike Volvo most premium-branded competitors duke it out in the regular SUV classes against the XC60 compact and XC90 mid-size models. Volvo takes things a step further by offering raised and bulked up versions of its V60 and upcoming V90 wagons in an effort to fill the niche between car and SUV, the V60 Cross Country and soon to arrive V90 Cross Country truest to the original crossover concept.

The idea isn't new. The first Cross Country rode on the mid-size V70 P2 (second-generation) platform way back in 1999. Volvo wasn't the only player in this market either, Audi first offering a taller version of its A6 Avant wagon dubbed Allroad the same year, and later bringing the compact A4 Allroad to market in 2009, which effectively replaced the regular A4 wagon in our market. Honourable mentions of mainstream volume branded models Read Full Story
Now in the last year of its 1st generation, the 2017 XC60 drops its 5- and 6-cylinder for a single turbo 2.0L four making 240-hp in T5 trim and 302-hp when hooked up to a supercharger for the T6. An 8-speed…

2017 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E AWD Special Edition Road Test Review

With an entirely new 2018 XC60 waiting in the wings one would expect this 2017 model to be purely carryover, how most automakers deal with final years of a given generation, but the compact luxury SUV is much too important for Volvo, so therefore changes have been made. Still, it's more about what isn't available this year than what is.

Gone are the old inline five- and six-cylinder powerplants, the latter an engine we saw disappear from the fabulously successful second-generation XC90 SUV and stylish new mid-size S90 when these models went on sale in late 2014 for the former and mid-2016 for the latter. Offering three completely different powertrains in any relatively low volume vehicle (the XC60 has once again been Volvo's second-bestselling model over the first 11 months of 2016 but it only accounted for 1,430 sales compared to the competitive Audi Q5's and Acura RDX' 7,677 and 7,446 sales respectively) doesn't make a lot of sense from a business perspective anyway, so slimming Read Full Story
Easily one of the most advanced SUVs on the planet, the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine eAWD uses a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0L four and two electric motors to make 400-hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. Its…

2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine eAWD Inscription Road Test Review

To say the XC90 is important for Volvo would likely be the year's biggest automotive related understatement. Crucial is a better descriptive. Over the past year Volvo has gone from a respected albeit almost forgotten premium brand to one of the most desirable, its Canadian sales catapulting from a somewhat embarrassing 4,033 unit total after the first 10 months of 2015 to 5,215 during the same period in 2016.

To appreciate the new XC90's impact alone, the mid-size luxury SUV's sales jumped from 390 units over the first 10 months of 2014 (there were no XC90 sales during the first five months of 2015) to 2,432 as of October 31, 2016. That latter number also tells another story, that the XC90 has comprised nearly 47 percent of the entire brand's year-to-date sales. Factor in that Volvo sells 11 models altogether and the weight of responsibility borne by the XC90 is beyond significant.

This scenario holds true for most premium brands. From Acura with its MDX and RDX to Porsche's Read Full Story
Volvo is back in a big way. Its XC90 has already taken the luxury utility sector by storm, and now the new S90 four-door will compete with premium midsize sedans. The S90 comes standard with a direct…

2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Road Test Review

Most everyone is familiar with Volvo cars. Affectionately known as "bricks on wheels," these sturdy Nordic trackers were high on safety and reliability in the past, but lacking in style and luxury. No one ever placed Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Cadillac in the same circle. The once-befallen Cadillac has steamrolled its way back into the mix with the impressive CT6 sedan, and Volvo has kicked the door in with the hard-to-believe-it's-a-Volvo S90.

There's nothing carried over from earlier Volvo sedans like the S80. This is a clean sheet attempt to right what was a sinking Volvo ship.

For decades, Volvo had been a niche automobile for drivers and families who wanted the ultimate in safety and convenience. Indeed, my daughter came home from her birth hospital in a 740 wagon. Yes, it was built like a tank. I can recall a Volvo advertisement with several Volvo wagons stacked on top of each other to show roof strength. Another showed a Volvo driving off a cliff, landing nose Read Full Story