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Volvo Selling Thousands of Self-Driving Vehicles to Uber

Volvo Cars has announced it is selling tens of thousands of self-driving vehicles to Uber. The agreement calls for the company to supply the ride-hailing firm with base model vehicles that come from the factory with "core" autonomous driving technology installed.  According to Volvo, the company will begin supplying Uber with vehicles in 2019 and will continue to do so…

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Polestar Breaks Ground at First Assembly Plant

New standalone auto brand Polestar has broken ground at the company's first assembly plant. The new plant is being built in Chengdu, China and will ultimately be the primary assembly plant for all of Polestar's models.  Thanks to its parent company Geely, Volvo and Polestar both now have deep connections in China. When Volvo announced its former performance label would become…

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First Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 is a Quick Swedish Escape
2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Hybrid Test Drive

Relief. Cliché as it may be, Scandinavian ergonomics expertise becomes even more apparent when sampling global auto brands’ newest tech-infused nameplates back-to-back. At the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Texas Truck Rodeo, two full days of drive time still creates a time-crunch when acclimating to each test vehicle’s interpretation of a human-machine interface. Experts face a challenge: adjust the seats, mirrors,…

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Texas Auto Writers Vote Ford F-150 Truck of Texas; Volvo and Alfa Romeo Take Top Honors in 2017
Truck of Texas 2018 Ford F-150

With the help of two curious emus, Texas-based auto scribes took to the dusty trails of Longhorn River Ranch to evaluate the industry's newest trucks and crossovers. After two days and 321 collective hours of drive time, three vehicles emerged with top honors at the 2017 Texas Auto Writers Association Texas Truck Rodeo: SUV of Texas, the Volvo XC60; CUV…

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Polestar 1 Revealed: A Volvo Coupe With 600 Horsepower

Polestar was once Volvo's in-house tuner division, but it has since spun off to become its own brand. Using Shanghai as its launch pad, Polestar has revealed the Polestar 1, a 600 horsepower hybrid coupe. And despite the technical segregation between Volvo and Polestar, a spiritual link clearly continues.  The Polestar 1 is built atop Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA),…

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Polestar Teases New Product

The new Polestar brand is beginning a slow tease of a future product the brand's name will appear on. Although it isn't confirmed, this could be teasing the first product to wear the Polestar brand without the Volvo nameplate as well.  A few months ago Polestar spilt off from being Volvo's performance brand, only to become its own brand. Polestar…

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Volvo Expanding U.S. Plant To Build XC90

Volvo Cars has formally confirmed reports that it is doubling its investment into a new South Carolina assembly plant. The Chinese-owned Swedish automaker is investing an additional $1.1 billion into the facility to produce the next-generation XC90 crossover at the plant.  Along with the additional investment, the company says it is increasing the number of new jobs by an additional…

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Report: Volvo Doubling U.S. Plant Expansion

New reporting suggests Volvo is doubling the size of its planned U.S. assembly plant before construction is even finished. The company is adding a second assembly line to the plan as part of an additional $1 billion investment, suggesting the company is bullish about its prospects for sales growth in North America. Citing unnamed sources familiar with Volvo's plans, local…

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