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All Volvo Cars Will Have Top Speed No Higher Than 112 MPH (180 KM)

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The company says the restriction is worth it even if one life is saved.

As part of its Vision 2020 zero-deaths goal of eliminating serious injuries or fatalities in its cars, Volvo will limit the top speed of all its cars to 112 mph (180 km) starting in 2020.

The Swedish automaker sees speeding as a major speed bump on the road to achieving its ambitious goal.

“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” said CEO Håkan Samuelsson. “Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”

In addition to limiting the top speed of its vehicles, Volvo is also researching how a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology to automatically limit speeds around schools and hospitals.

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2020 Volvo XC90 Refresh Brings KERS Hybrid Powertrain

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Updated, 2020 Volvo XC90 luxury SUV

The KERS system improves fuel efficiency by 15 percent with the help of brake-by-wire tech.

Volvo has given its flagship XC90 SUV a refresh for the 2020 model year, adding a new hybrid powertrain and several other minor enhancements.

Exterior updates include a slightly different front grille, a set of new wheels, and more color options, while the interior is available with a new wool blend upholstery and can be configured with a wider range of seating configurations.

The main highlight is the coupling of Volvo’s new kinetic energy recovery braking system (KERS) with the existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain that promises better fuel efficiency and lower emissions of up to 15 percent. The system achieves this by using brake-by-wire system to help recover kinetic energy under braking.

There are a few safety updates, as well, including the company’s City Safety, Blind Spot Information System, and Oncoming Lane Mitigation system. The Cross Traffic Alert technology now offers autobrake.

Production of the 2020 Volvo XC90 begins in May 2019.

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Volvo, Baidu Team Up To Develop Electric Autonomous Cars

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The two companies want to be the supplier of choice for mobility companies around the world.

Volvo and Baidu have entered into a partnership to develop electric and fully autonomous cars for China.

China is expected to become the single largest market for autonomous cars in the world in coming decades, with market research firm IHS Markit predicting that around 14.5 million autonomous cars will be sold in the country by 2040, accounting for nearly half of the projected total global volume of around 33 million.

Hoping too capitalize and lead this disruption in the industry. the duo plan to mass produce electric and autonomous cars in China, with Volvo bringing to the table its expertise and technologies in the automotive industry and Baidu providing its Apollo autonomous driving platform.

Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars, stated:

“With Baidu we take a big step forward in commercializing our autonomous compatible cars, built on Volvo’s industry-leading safety technology. There is a strong development in autonomous drive in China, where Baidu is a leading player, and the market there offers huge opportunities for us as the supplier of choice for autonomous fleets.”

Baidu has already teamed up with about 90 different partners for its open-source Apollo project, including other automakers like BMW, Ford, and Hyundai, as well as tech companies like Nvidia and Bosch.

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All-New Volvo V60 Cross Country Is A Wagon That Can Get Dirty

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New Volvo V60 Cross Country, mud off-roading

The rugged Swedish wagon has additional ground clearance and a more robust suspension.

Volvo has unveiled the new Volvo V60 Cross Country, a higher riding, off-road ready version of the V60 that blends the best of wagons and utility vehicles.

Based on Volvo’s flexible Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that also underpins the latest 60- and 90-series models, the V60 Cross Country benefits from three inches (75 mm) of additional ground clearance and a chassis and suspension specially developed to better handle more difficult terrain than the V60.

All-wheel drive is standard, as are Hill Descent Control, Corner Traction Control, a unique Off-Road driving mode, and City Safety with automatic emergency braking

The rugged V60 also comes equipped with Pilot Assist, which helps the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads at speeds of up to 80 mph (129 km/h), but Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake is optional.

Power will be provided by a T5 AWD powertrain at launch, followed by mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants at later dates.

The Volvo V60 Cross Country is available via the Care by Volvo subscription service.

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