Volvo to bring sportier R-Design vehicles to NZ

September 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Volvo is introducing R-Design versions of its new S60 sedan and V60 wagon.

With more aggressive front styling and other body enhancement, the R-Design models also incorporate a specially developed sports chassis so the driving experience can match up with the sportier looks.

The S60 will be launched in New Zealand at the start of 2011 and the V60 will follow in the second quarter. R-Design versions of both cars will be available as part of the model range.

The R-Design range offers more dynamic and sporting models in the Volvo range, while retaining the marque’s legendary safe and sophisticated core values.

Volvo Cars’ chassis experts have taken the next step on the road to a more exciting and rewarding driving experience. “In the R-Design chassis we’ve sharpened the steering, the agility and the solid overall impression still further compared with the dynamic chassis in the all-new S60 and V60,” says Stefan Sällqvist, manager of vehicle dynamics at Volvo Cars.

The all-new Volvo S60 and V60 R-Design come with a range of upgraded design details both inside and out.

The exteriors have been re-designed with various features combining to present a more imposing presence. Glossy, piano black grille, colour-coded body components, matt black details and a hexagonal pattern front and rear combine with twin exhaust pipes and bespoke 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels to emphasise the overall sporty appearance. The R-design models will be available in a choice of eight colours.

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2011 Volvo V60 promotional video

August 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

2011 Volvo V60 promotional video with hard rock soundtrack

It’s official: Volvo sold to Geely for $1.8b USD

August 4th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

After months of lengthy negotiations, Ford has officially sold Volvo to Geely for $1.8 billion USD.

The Chinese automaker originally included a $200 million note and the balance in cash, and yesterday, it paid the remaining $1.3 billion to wrap up the sale, although the final sale price won’t be released until later this year and could mean even more cash for Ford.

Under the conditions of the sale, Ford will keep supplying Volvo with almost everything from powertrains to stamping systems and other vehicle components for various periods of time. Ford and Geely have also come to an agreement on tricky intellectual property usage, with Volvo being allowed to grant sub-licenses to specific systems to third parties, including Geely.

Stefan Jacoby — formerly of Volkswagen — will become the new President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, and the automaker will continue to keep its headquarters and manufacturing centers in Sweden and Belgium.

Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype

June 17th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

See the new concept car Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype.

Geely closes deal to buy Volvo from Ford

March 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

At a press conference held in Gothenburg, Sweden yesterday, Ford executive vice president Lewis Booth and Geely chairman Li Shufu announced that the the Chinese automaker will buy Volvo. The final purchase price is $1.8 billion USD, which includes some of Volvo’s intellectual property and its other physical assets.

The deal means Volvo will be 100-percent owned by Geely, and Ford will not keep any equity stake. Because of the component sharing between existing Volvo vehicles and Ford models, Ford will continue supplying powertrains, stampings and other systems to Volvo for a transitional period.

What makes this deal so tricky is the intellectual property situation. Volvo will be granted special licenses to use some Ford-owned technology and will also be able to sub-license some technology to third parties, including Geely.

Li committed to keeping the Volvo brand separate from Geely while expanding its global reach, particularly in China. Li also stated that Volvo wouldn’t close its factories in Sweden.

The sale is expected to conclude in the third quarter of this year. Unlike the recently aborted sale of Hummer, the Chinese government will most likely approve this deal since Geely is already one of China’s strongest carmakers.

Chinese brand Geely appoints first NZ dealer

January 28th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Fast-developing vehicle brand Geely has appointed its first dealership prior to its February launch in New Zealand.

Silvester Motor Company has been selected to represent the Geely brand in Christchurch and the Canterbury Region and will be known as Silvester Geely.

“The opportunity to grow the Geely brand in Canterbury is a fantastic chance to utilise our knowledge and experience in the industry,” commented Donna Silvester, Dealer Principal of Silvester Motor Group. Our current franchise operation provides an excellent platform to launch what will be a serious contender in the new car arena. We look forward to embracing the opportunity and successfully introducing Geely to Christchurch. This will most definitely be an exciting year for the Silvester Group,” said Ms Silvester.

“The move is a further step towards the formation of an important new distributorship in New Zealand”, explained Scott Billman, General Manager of Geely Motors NZ Ltd. “We have received huge interest from dealers all over the country since news broke of our intention to launch Geely in New Zealand,” he said. “If anyone can judge the opportunity of the Geely brand in NZ it is those who have ownership in the motor industry”.

Mr Billman says the Silvester Group is an ideal fit with the brand.

Meanwhile on the world stage Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, Ltd, Geely’s parent company, has settled all commercial terms associated with the acquisition of the Volvo brand from the Ford Motor Company.

Silvester Geely will be supporting the Christchurch Lantern Festival and will have the all-new MK hatchback on display at the event in Victoria Square on 6 and 7 March as the Garden City celebrates the Chinese New Year.

Volvo S60 – Commercial

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

It’s not just a new shape, it’s a whole new world

Volvo S40 Commercial – The Toll Booth

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Introducing the redesigned Volvo S40 with more space for just about anything