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Volvo deepens ties with lidar startup to speed autonomous push

Volvo is deepening its ties with Luminar, a fast-growing maker of a lidar, which is considered vital to a self-driving car's ability to see the world around it.

Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design feature found in its debut model to at least the next two cars in its lineup.

Volvo will skip Geneva show in product marketing shakeup

Volvo will skip the 2019 Geneva auto show and said its participation in other automotive exhibitions will no longer be a given as it focuses on "purpose-specific communications."

Polestar CEO says North America is brand's hottest market

The market showing the greatest interest so far in Polestar, Volvo's recently launched stand-alone brand for high-performance electrified models, is North America, CEO Thomas Ingenlath said.

Automotive News Europe honors the 2018 Rising Stars

Seventeen young and talented automotive executives have been named as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe.

Toyota still No. 1; Mercedes passes BMW for No. 2 in ranking of most valuable car brands

Toyota kept its title as the world's most valuable car brand while Mercedes passed BMW to finish No. 2 in an annual ranking by market researcher Kantar Millward Brown.

Volvo will expand XC40 output; promises to widen compact family

UPDATED: May 24 15:40 CET - adds XC40 sales forecast

Volvo will expand output of its XC40 in Belgium and start production of the compact SUV in China next year. The automaker also said it will widen its compact family with a range of new models to replace the current V40.

Volvo to dump diesel from next S60 sedan

UPDATED: May 16 14:20 CET -- adds details, background

Volvo will not offer a diesel in its new S60 sedan, which will debut later this spring. The move comes as Volvo accelerates its shift away from diesels, which accounted for nearly 80 percent of its sales in Europe last year.

A quest to ban banality

Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believes companies should be doing more to stand out from their rivals.

Automotive News Europe names the 2018 Rising Stars winners

Seventeen young and talented automotive executives have been named as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe.

Volvo, Amazon debut U.S. in-car delivery service

Volvo is expanding its in-car package delivery delivery service that operates in three European countries to the U.S. after partnering with Amazon.

Bangle's quest to ban banality

Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believes companies should be doing more to stand out from their rivals.

Opportunities lost at Geneva show, says Chris Bangle

Since Chris Bangle's re-emergence in the auto industry at the Frankfurt show last fall, he has been sought after for opinion, if only because his views on the state of car design are so entertaining.

New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to 20 years."

Nissan Leaf gets big tech, range upgrades

Nissan is counting on its sleeker, more technologically advanced, longer-range Leaf electric car to lure new buyers in key European markets.

Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said.

Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said.

Lexus expects Europe to be top market for UX

Lexus expects Europe to be the top sales market for its new UX, which was benchmarked against top-selling compact SUVs and hatchback from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

Lexus UX has the heart of a hatch

Lexus designed its first subcompact crossover to look like an SUV but tuned it to drive like a hatchback.

Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride

The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva auto show, but it appeared in very inconspicuous places.

Volvo ends long European Car of the Year losing streak

Volvo's entry SUV, the XC40 that starts at 31,350 euros in Germany, did something that no Volvo has done in the last 55 years: It brought the European Car of the Year title to Gothenburg.

Why Geneva is 'perfect setting' to debut Polestar, Cupra brands

Two of Europe's newest brands – Volvo's Polestar and Seat's Cupra – are using the 'perfect setting' of this year's Geneva auto show to introduce their high-performance products to the public.

Volvo speeds up electrification push with new V60 wagon

UPDATED: Feb. 21 23:59 - adds CEO comments

Volvo will accelerate its shift toward electrified models by offering its new V60 with two plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Nissan Europe exec outlines how Formula E entry will lift Leaf

Nissan will join the Formula E racing series this year and the automaker's European EV boss, Gareth Dunsmore, sees this as a great opportunity to present the second-generation Leaf to a new group of potential customers, as...

Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests

Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot of new ground for the automaker while it simultaneously wins customers from rivals such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.


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