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Volvo's Surprisingly Efficient Luxury Family Hauler

Reviewer Gary Witzenburg revisits the highly efficient Drive E "Twin Engine" set-up in the new Volvo XC90 hybrid and PHEV.

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PHEV SUV's All-Electric Range Will Be About 27 Miles

Volvo's plug-in hybrid version of the XC90 SUV will get 112 miles per gallon-equivalent.

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Current Tastes Will Need To Change In A Big Way To Make This Happen

LMC Automotive predicts PHEV sales will outstrip sales of traditional hybrids in Europe by 2019, and by 2024 PHEVs will go beyond a million annual sales there.

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Volvo presents the XC90 Excellence at the Shanghai Motor Show with the Lounge Console concept, packing even more luxury for customers who prefer to be driven than drive themselves.

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The new XC90 plug-in is way, way more popular than Volvo expected. Rather than accounting for a 3-5 percent take rate, UK preorders are sitting closer to 20 percent.

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Volvo is teasing an even more opulent version of the XC90 for the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. It appears to go beyond even the Excellence version and replaces the front passenger seat with something called the Lounge Console.

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Volvo announces pricing for the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, starting at $68,100 before delivery and any tax credits are taken into account.

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Volvo introduces the luxurious XC90 Excellence at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, with four commodious seats instead of seven and more upscale equipment.

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World's First Three-Row Plug-In Hybrid Has The Makings Of A Sleeper Hit

Volvo's new XC90 is an impressive luxury utility vehicle in any trim, but with the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain it has the potential to shake up the segment. We drive the thing in Spain and report in.

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The Next Generation Of Volvos Starts Here

The 2016 XC90 marks the first product in a total revamp for Volvo. If everything to follow is this good, keep an eye on the Swedes.

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Volvo's performance arm Polestar is said to be working on both gasoline and diesel versions of the new XC90, tipped to arrive in 2016 with around 360 horsepower or so and a host of other upgrades.

Nine models ended up clocking zero deaths. None. Nada. Last time the IIHS conducted this study 2008 there were no vehicles that had zero deaths.

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The Volvo XC90 R-Design at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is covered in some gorgeous satin blue paint to cover its more aggressive front and rear design. However, the interior offers luxurious comfort with a mix of Nubuck and Nappa leather upholstery and upgraded trim. This is the XC90 for the driver who wants a touch of sport from their Swede.

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Volvo has shown us the new XC90. It's even shown us its new every-trick-in-the-book twin-charged hybrid powertrain. It just hasn't shown the two together... that is, until now.

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One of the safety features on Volvo's new XC90 is called Run Off Road Protection, which detects when the car leaves the tarmac at high speed and prepares the cabin and occupants for an impact. After detection, the system retracts the seat belts while a spine protection element between the seat and the seat frame helps cushion the blow for passengers, the airbags are activated in case of a forceful frontal impact and release pin is sprung that retracts the brake pedal.

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In many ways the 2016 Volvo XC90 defines the future of the Swedish brand. The SUV is the introduction of the company's Scalable Product Architecture modular platform that should underpin most of its future models. It's also the first big chance to see whether consumers accept a model like this that's only available with four-cylinder power, granted a mill that is both turbocharged and supercharged. The configurator for this Swedish hopeful is just hitting the Web giving customers a chance to see

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Volvo is getting serious about emerging from the fringes and into the mainstream of the luxury automobile market. But if it's going to challenge the Germans, it's going to need a performance line. And that's just what it's developing with Polestar.

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