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DETROIT 2012: Volvo to Unveil XC60 Plug-in Hybrid

Posted: January 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 NAIAS Detroit, Auto News, Grilled | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on DETROIT 2012: Volvo to Unveil XC60 Plug-in Hybrid

The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2012, which kicks off in Detroit next Monday, will see Volvo unveil its XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept car that it describes as “an electric car, a highly economical hybrid and a powerful high-performance car all rolled into one.” At the press of a button, the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept can switch between Pure electric mode, Hybrid mode, or Power mode, which combines the power of the 280 hp gasoline engine with the 70 hp electric motor to propel the car from zero to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 5.8 seconds. Read the full article »»»»


Brand China Expands to Autos

Posted: December 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, China | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Brand China Expands to Autos
Chinese manufacturers know how to squeeze, they have the ability to produce low-cost versions of goods for mass markets. But they haven’t been able to Value-Add or catch the premium that comes with being a top brand.
News that Ford Motor has agreed to terms with Zhejiang Geely for the Chinese carmaker to acquire its Volvo Cars division is the latest example of the next wave of Chinese foreign investment. Manufacturers, mostly privately owned, not state enterprises are increasingly looking for brands and technology to use as the foundation of a new generation of innovative and branded Chinese products for both domestic and global markets.
The first wave of Chinese foreign investment was led by the country’s huge state-owned enterprises, which aimed to secure critical natural resources such as oil and minerals and bought into basic industries that are capital intensive and need scale, such as steelmaking, shipbuilding, construction and telecom infrastructure.
Chinese companies say that their motivation for foreign direct investment is market access or a pre-emptive securing of access against potential protectionist barriers. Computer maker Lenovo and white-goods manufacturer Haier have made inroads into the markets of the developed world following acquisitions, most notably Lenovo’s of IBM’s PC business :: Read the full article »»»»

Volvo Tandem

Posted: January 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: ecodriver, tandem, volvo | Tags: , | Comments Off on Volvo Tandem

Volvo’s Monitoring & Concept Center (VMCC) in California have produced what they believe is a feasible future transport product based upon an inline occupant configuration. The designers at VMCC envisage a sleek two-seat commuter vehicle which uses very little energy and rarely gets caught in traffic.

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