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Polestar 1 Production Commences in China

Polestar's first vehicle has started rolling off the brand's assembly line in Chengdu, China. The Polestar 1 will start arriving in customer driveways later this year.  The Polestar 1 is a plug-in hybrid coupe with a carbon fiber body and 600 horsepower under the hood. In fact, the car is powered by a four-cylinder engine that features both supercharging and turbocharging,…

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Fully-Electric Volvo XC40 Debuting by Year's End

Volvo says a fully-electric version of its XC40 crossover will debut by the end of this year. The battery-electric XC40 will also be joined by two plug-in hybrid variants.  Details as to when the electric XC40 will actually bow were not disclosed, but Automotive News is reporting the brand confirmed its debut at a recent event in Sweden. The XC40 will mark…

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Polestar 2 Electric Fastback Revealed

Back in 2017 the Polestar brand announced it was becoming its own with the launch of the Polestar 1, a plug-in hybrid with 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. Now the brand is aiming a little more mainstream with the reveal of the Polestar 2, a battery-electric car with an estimated 275 miles of range.  While Polestar is its…

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Polstar Teases Upcoming Tesla Model 3 Rival

Polestar is gearing up to reveal its second product, aptly named the Polestar 2. The Volvo-derived brand has released the above teaser shot of what is slated to be a new four-door coupe model that will rival the Tesla Model 3.  This birds-eye view of the Polstar 2 actually tells us quite a bit about the car. It is confirming…

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Volvo's L.A. Auto Show Display Won't Have Cars

Many automakers have teased or announced their planned reveals for next week's Los Angeles Auto Show. However, Volvo is taking a different approach this year by not bringing a single vehicle to display in their booth at this year's show.  Volvo is actually blaming show organizers for its reasoning to not display any vehicles. In recent years the L.A. show…

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Volvo Expands Global Footprint With U.S. Factory

Volvo will formally expand its manufacturing footprint with the opening of the company's new U.S. assembly plant. The plant represents a $1.1 billion investment on Volvo's part.  The new plant is located near Charleston, South Carolina and will commence operations in autumn of this year by beginning production of the S60 sedan. S60's that roll off the U.S. assembly line…

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Volvo Announces 'Polestar Engineered' Trim Level

Volvo has announced plans to rollout new performance trim levels on some of its models. The new trim level will be engineered by the company's Polestar performance brand and focus on enhancing performance of Volvo's existing plugin hybrid models.  The S60 will be the first Volvo product to gain the Polestar Engineered trim, followed by the V60 and XC60. In all…

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Volvo Giving up on Diesels

Volvo has announced plans to ultimately phase out diesel engines from its entire lineup. The phasing out will begin in 2019 with the S60 sedan, which will be the first new Volvo to not offer a diesel option.  The news comes as little surprise. Last summer Volvo announced a commitment to launching every new vehicle with some form of electrification.…

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Polestar 1 Will Cost $155,000

Volvo's new electric performance brand has announced pricing for its first model. The Polestar 1 performance coupe will set buyers back by $155,000 in the U.S. and Europe.  The six-figure price tag yields quite a lot of car for buyers. The Polestar 1 is powered by a hybrid powertrain that generates 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque; plenty to…

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Mercedes May Supply Volvo Engines

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG says the company is open to the idea of supplying Volvo engines. The procurement would come as part of increased cooperation between the German automaker and Volvo owner Geely.  This isn't the first chatter of alliances between the two automakers. Geely Chairman Li Shufu recently bought a $9 billion stake in Daimler AG. Shufu says the stake…

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