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Hakan Samuelsson has been CEO of Volvo since 2012. The Swedish company is now owned by China’s Geely.

Volvo Car UK’s electricity reimbursement program for plug-in hybrid buyers – called Take Charge – is extended through September 30, 2020

Volvo Car UK has extended its Take Charge electricity offer, which offers buyers of new plug-in hybrid cars to benefit from a year’s reimbursed electricity to charge their car.

The campaign was originally launched in November 2019, and applied to all plug-in hybrid Volvos purchased until 30 June 2020. Volvo Car UK has extended this benefit to customers buying a new plug-in hybrid Volvo until 30 September 2020.

The offer applies to every plug-in hybrid model in the Volvo range, from the funky XC40 premium compact SUV to the luxurious seven-seat XC90.

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Dodge and Kia named #1 in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study » Tesla is last, confirming the EV maker’s ongoing long documented quality problems

Dodge Durango SRT

FCA’s Dodge Durango SRT

Note added June 26, 2020 » This should have been a good news story for both Kia and Dodge. Instead the media (including this site) is focused on Tesla’s terrible ranking.

J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. According to J.D. Power, Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which has a significant impact on owner satisfaction and brand loyalty.

This is the first time a Detroit automaker topped the list in 34 years. The Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger models both scored very high in their segments.

Kia tied Dodge and maintained its six-year streak as top-ranked auto brand.

Tesla, which outdid perennially bottom-ranked Land Rover, has traditionally refused to cooperate with outside researchers like J.D. Power. Perhaps we now understand more the reasons for this.

The J.D. Power IQS results vindicate the many reports from owners, journalists, and analysts concerning Tesla’s persistent production quality issues. J.D. Power is well respected in the industry.

While Tesla has focused on being first to market, the short term, it has created long-term problems. The company has a long documented history of severe quality issues. (CNBC » Build fast, fix later: Speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say)

That mindset doesn’t appear to have changed as the newest Model Y is experiencing many of the same difficulties and widespread defects that have afflicted earlier models.

Hype and being first to market has proven profitable for Elon Musk and shareholders, and they have built up a fan base. However, if Tesla does not improve quality, they will not be able to grow their base into paying customers at a time when other manufacturers with much better reputations for quality products are rapidly bring EVs to market.

Tesla is not about to go the way of Edsel any time soon. But just as there will always be a market of Land Rover, there will always be a fans of Tesla.

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

The Dodge brand, long a quality laggard, surged to take the top spot in the 2020 Power IQS, tying Kia, while toppling traditional benchmarks including Korea’s Genesis, Japan’s Lexus and Germany’s Porsche.

If anything, Porsche plunged to the lower quartile in the latest quality study, while Lexus and Genesis also slid sharply down the list. But no one fared more poorly than Tesla. Covered for the first time in the IQS, the California EV maker was, by far, posted an industry-worst score, underscoring recent reports of endemic quality issues impacting its line-up and, in particular, the new Model Y battery-SUV.

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The 2020 Volvo S90 T8 E-AWD R-Design plug-in hybrid tops the list of the newly released AAA Car Guide

The American Automobile Association announced the 2020 Volvo luxury sedan plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has earned the top score in its newly released AAA Car Guide, a consumer resource on the latest and greatest in vehicle technology.

The 175-page guide provides consumers with comprehensive reviews of each vehicle based on 13 criteria, including braking, fuel economy, emissions, handling, ride comfort, acceleration and the number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) safety features.

All but one of the category winners for the 2020 Car Guide are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids, or hybrids. AAA states that signals that eco-friendly vehicles tend to offer the most cutting-edge vehicle technology.

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16 electric cars that may be introduced in India in 2020 and 2021

Bala Natarajan / ElectricVehicleWeb.in »

The year 2020 would be remembered as the one that gave vitality to the electric vehicle revolution in India. The Auto Expo 2020 saw the birth of dozens of EVs of different sizes and prices from a wide section of automakers. Let’s have a look at the upcoming electric cars of India to be launched in 2020 and 2021.

  • Audi e-tron
  • Ford Aspire EV
  • Haima Bird Electric EV1
  • Haval Concept H
  • Hyundai Kona
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Mahindra Atom
  • Mahindra eKUV100
  • Mahindra eXUV300 Electric
  • Maruti Suzuki Wagon R EV
  • Mercedes EQC
  • MG ZS EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Renault Kwid Electric
  • Tata Altroz EV
  • Tata HBX Electric
  • Tata Nexon EV
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Volvo taking orders in UK for the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge; delivery will commence early next year

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

Luke Wilkinson / Auto Express »

The all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 is on sale now, priced from £53,155 with first deliveries expected in early 2021. The crossover is the Swedish brand’s first EV, which has been tasked with taking on the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Kona Electric and the forthcoming Tesla Model Y.

There’s a caveat for UK buyers, though. Changes made in the Government’s most recent budget mean that the XC40 Recharge won’t be eligible for the UK plug-in car grant. From Thursday 12 March 2020, the grant was only made available for electric vehicles which have a price-tag lower than £50,000 – and the payout was lowered by £500 to £3,000…

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Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo, believes an post-coronavirus subsidies for non-EVs would be a waste

Volvo V60

Volvo V60

John McIlroy / Auto Express »

He added, “I believe that after coronavirus it would be naive to expect everything to return to normal – to think that consumers will come back into showrooms asking for petrol or diesel cars. And if governments in some way subsidise a return to the old world, it’ll be a waste of money. They should use the money to promote new technology, as they were planning to do before coronavirus.” …

Is this the all-electric Volvo crossover flagship » 2024 Volvo XC100 Recharge

Volvo XC100

Volvo XC100

Erika Pizano / MotorTrend »

As a branding statement more than a gear hauler, the sleeker XC100 Recharge will then take over as Volvo’s style leader and be an altogether more indulgent offering. Expect four seats rather than five, comfort- and luxury-oriented suspension tuning, semiautonomous capabilities, and more extravagant design.

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Volvo with Daimler form venture to develop fuel cell trucks and buses

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Volvo Group and Daimler Truck are planning to establish a joint venture focused on fuel cell trucks and buses. The two societies announced today, 21 April 2020, that they have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to this extent, with final agreement expected by Q3 and closing before year-end 2020.

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