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2014 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 2

2014 Geneva Motor Show

Here’s your second batch of photos from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, that makes it 155 photos in all. We start part 2 with the very cool Maserati Alfieri concept and end with the very cool Volvo Concept Estate. Cool!


Volvo Concept Estate revealed

Volvo Concept Estate

Around the middle of last year Volvo gave us the very sexy Concept Coupé. Then they turned it into an SUV, which we didn’t care for too much. Now it’s become the Concept Estate. And it’s ice cold cool.

It’s so awesome and we were so smitten with its rear three-quarter profile that it took us a while to realise the car itself is that god awful brown colour manufacturers seem to love these days.

Aside from oozing Swedish style the Concept Estate’s party trick is its new electronic tablet style central dash display, used to control the car’s functions.

The sleek two-door body style will never make it into production, so we’re just going to have to enjoy this concept lark while we can.

The car itself will be on display in Geneva next week and we look forward to seeing more. In the meantime there’s pics and video for you after the break.

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“I just gave it some jandal and…”

Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC v Holden Commodore V8SC

Young Kiwi Scott McLaughlin has been making waves in V8 Supercars and his dice with Jamie Whincup in Race 2 of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide yesterday has helped put his new car, the Volvo S60 Polestar on the map.

The final lap of Race 2 saw a balls to the wall fight between McLaughlin and Whincup. And just when you thought it was all over a rookie mistake handed the sport a massive boost going into a new season.

Make sure you tune in for McLaughlin’s post-race interview.


Volvo V60 Polestar revealed

Volvo V60 Polestar

Volvo has released a handful of pics and information for the coolest car in its lineup, the V60 “engineered by Polestar”. Let’s call it the V60 Polestar for convenience sake. As you know, Polestar is the burgeoning performance arm of Volvo and the company’s history with fast estates is well established.

The V60 Polestar is powered by a turbocharged straight six cylinder engine which produces 257kW at 5700rpm and 500Nm at 2800–4750rpm. Coupled to a 6-speed auto and a specifically calibrated Haldex all-wheel drive system the V60 Polestar can knock off 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. Pretty cool, huh.

Set-off by model-specific bodywork and bespoke 20″ alloy rims the V60 Polestar means business. Beneath the skin the chassis has been beefed up and is supported by Ohlins suspension. A 2.5″ stainless exhaust system is sure to provide a an aggressive note as well.

The V60 Polestar is due to go on sale with its S60 sedan counterpart in the UK by June next year. At this stage Australian delivery is yet to be confirmed, but we suspect that will be a formality. We’ll let you know more about local delivery as soon as we hear.


Volvo Concept Coupé revealed

Volvo Concept Coupe

Volvo has now released a full suite of images and an intro video for its Concept Coupé. It looks pretty sharp too, we’re sure you’ll agree.

They say it’s been inspired by the classic 1960 P1800 coupé and is designed to be built on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture. And the design language you see here will feature in Volvo’s future models, starting with the new XC90.

“The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed next year,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design.

At this stage technical details for the Concept Coupé are scarce, but we do know it features a petrol-electric hybrid system good for 300kW (400hp) and 600Nm. So it promises to go as good as it looks.

We’ll bring you more on the Concept Coupé when Frankfurt rolls around.


Volvo teases the Concept C Coupé twice more

Volvo Concept C Coupe

Ahead of its debut later tonight Volvo has released two new teaser videos for its Concept C Coupé. It promises to look good and take the brand on a new design journey. Are you excited?


Volvo Concept C Coupé teased ahead of Frankfurt

Volvo Concept C Coupé

Volvo wants to change the perception of its design. It’s too vanilla they reckon. So new design boss Thomas Ingenlath has claimed via a video teaser that he’s about to change all that.

Inside his video four teaser images are flashed at the 11 second mark. They show a new Concept C Coupé, which had already been previewed via an anonymous debut a few days ago (the image above).

Looks like we’ll be seeing more of the Concept C Coupé later this week, before the car stands proudly on Volvo’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a couple of weeks. So far it looks like Mr Ingenlath is doing a good job of upholding his word.

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2013 Goodwood FoS in pictures – gallery 2

2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

This is your second fix of images from the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. We start with McLaren and take you all the way to Vuhl, plus a few bonus pics at the end.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s final gallery which is a dedicated set of Porsche images.

See also: 2013 Goodwood FoS in pictures – gallery 1

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Volvo confirms entry to V8 Supercars in 2014

Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo surprised nobody when they officially announced their entry into V8 Supercars today. Volvo Polestar Racing will join Australia’s premier motorsport category in 2014.

The newly created team is being described as a factory-backed outfit, but will draw on the experience of Garry Rogers Motorsport to provide the foundations. Volvo will race two S60 badged creations, conforming to the Car of the Future regulations.

In a prepared statement Christian Dahl, Polestar owner, said: “We are very proud and excited to take on the V8 Supercars together with Volvo Car Australia and Garry Rogers Motorsport, a championship that has grown to become one of the most prestigious and competitive racing championships in the world.”

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Volvo, who won the Bathurst 1000 in 1998 during the 2.0 litre Super Tourer era with Jim Richards and Rikard Rydell. Longtime, or perhaps that should be, ageing Aussie motorsport fans will also recall Robbie Francevic’s 240T, aka ‘The Flying Brick’, which took him to the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship.

We’ve been critical of the Con of the Future regulations aimed at breaking the Ford–Holden duopoly. With Nissan and Mercedes-Benz already taking the bait, we may need to start eating our words.

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Volvo expected to join V8 Supercars

Volvo S60 Polestar

Volvo is expected to be the next manufacturer to join the new era of V8 Supercars. reports Garry Rogers Motorsport will announce a deal to race with Volvo on 17 June.

That date also happens to be the day Volvo will launch the S60 Polestar in Australia. When the S60 Polestar concept was revealed last year it had a mighty 508hp on tap from its turbocharged six cylinder engine, but the production model has to make do with only 350hp.

Of course, we don’t need to let the fact the S60 is a six-pot worry anyone in the latest iteration of V8 Supercars by numbers that is the Con of the Future era.

For their part Volvo is officially denying the deal, but we expect there’s enough meat to this rumour that 17 June will be the day.

GRM has been a long-time campaigner in V8 Supercars and won the Bathurst 1000 in 2000, with Jason Bargwanna and Garth Tander at the wheel.

[Source: | Thanks to Stu for the tip]

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2013 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 2

2013 Geneva Motor Show

You can have your fancy pants limited-edition Lambo, or your stonking new LaFerrari, even the McLaren P1; we’re not really interested. The car of Geneva, for us, is the Porsche 911 GT3. That’s the one we’d like to take home and get intimate with. And so begins the second and final part of our Geneva Motor Show image gallery. There’s over 120 new  images to see and enjoy.

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Should Volvo go after the Germans?

Cvhris Harris drives the Volvo S60 Polestar

Cast your mind back to the middle of last year, when Volvo announced its 508hp S60 Polestar. You were probably thinking to yourself, I wonder what that would be like to drive. Well, in this relatively brief clip from Chris Harris we find out.

Kind of.

Conditions were a bit too extreme, insfoar as there was snow all over the place, for a truly objective test, but it looks like Chris had fun anyway. Which is why he also thrashed around in a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG for good measure.

Proving even the best are not immune to simple errors the S60 is powered by an inline six cylinder engine, and a massive blowdryer, not a V6 as noted in the clip. Pretty sure we can all forgive him on that one.

Anyway, since the original release of the details Volvo has said they will make six of these S60 Polestar jobbies. If you have £200K (approx AU$300K) you can get your hands on one. Yikes!