Friday, May 30, 2014

A Show-Winner: Lehman Volvo Employees Love their Volvos

What you are looking at is a stunning restored and modified 1984 Volvo 242 Turbo. This Volvo belongs to Lehman Volvo Technician Shane Feeser....and it's a winner. literally.
This month Shane's 242 won "Best Swedish Car" at the annual Carlisle Import Car Show. That's not a small feat considering Swedish vehicles have the largest turnout at the Carlisle show. In fact, there were over 350 on display (Volvos and Saabs), so winning best of that group is a challenge. There are always a lot of stunning machines on display, but Shane's hard work has paid off.

He bought his 240 in 2006 and has been perfecting it ever since. When he bought it the car was closer to being sent to the scrapyard than it was in any winner's circle.

He replaced a lot of worn out parts, installed a newer turbo-charged engine, replaced the interior, added European spec headlights, coilover suspension, Polaris 17 inch wheels, Group A racing wing, 240 Group A flathood and re-painted the vehicle. There was a lot more work, so that's just the tip of the iceberg. He also replaced the front end with newer body panels, updated the fuel injection and even created a custom exhaust.


Shane is no stranger to classic Volvos...he currently owns a total of 4 Volvos, some of which could be future show winners. Congrats to Shane!

Find your future classic at Lehman Volvo in York or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg

Thursday, May 29, 2014

You Can't take Sweden out of the new Volvo XC90

You can't take Volvo out of Sweden and you can't take Sweden out of Volvo. Everywhere you look in the new XC90 you will see Scandinavian details...from the contoured seats, to the intuitive controls, down to the gear selector.

Upon one of the many unique items you will come across in the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 is a stylized gear selector in top trim. The gear selector was actually designed by Orrefors, one of the world-renown glass makers...from Sweden of course.

Swedish-ness will continue to set Volvo apart from the rest of the world...and that is a very good thing. It means there will be driver and passenger-focused technology (safety), low emissions and exceptional fuel economy (environment) as well as a dedicated team of engineers and assembly teams in Sweden ensuring the Volvo XC90 will continue to define Sweden for years to come (quality).
Find your modern Swedish ride at Lehman Volvo in York
or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Your first look at the 2016 Volvo XC90...starting from the inside.

What you are looking at is the interior of the 2016 Volvo XC90, a vehicle that will become the benchmark of luxury SUVs. Yes, that is far from a small claim, but Volvo will aim to repeat history as the original Volvo XC90 became the "must have" luxury SUV when the first generation debuted in 2002.

Press Release from Volvo Cars:
Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has released the first interior images of the all-new Volvo XC90, one of the most anticipated car launches of recent years.
The new interior is the most luxurious to have been designed for a Volvo, taking its inspiration from the country of Volvo’s birth, Sweden, which has a global reputation for integrating the latest technology with design that is clean, beautiful and crafted from the finest materials.
“The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Cars.

This system – full details of which will be released at a later date – is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services. It also helps create an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered.
The new XC90’s interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glass maker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.
 “These details are designed to become the jewels of the interior. They add a bit of exclusive playfulness rather than pure functionality,” said Robin Page, Volvo Cars’ Interior Design Director.
 The all-new XC90 is the first Volvo to use the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which creates a far wider range of design options, improves driveability and permits the inclusion of the latest safety features and connected in-car technologies, while at the same time increasing interior space.
“Our new interior architecture is pure and uncluttered, while still radiating the sophisticated confidence and formality that luxury SUV customers expect,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Cars.
The all-new Volvo XC90
New seats
Volvo Cars already enjoys a reputation for providing the most comfortable seats in the industry. The new XC90 enhances this reputation by offering innovatively designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers both in the second and third seat rows, helping to make the new XC90 a genuine 7-seater.
"Just like classic Scandinavian chairs, our new seats prove that seats don’t need a lot of thick padding to be comfortable. The full seat core has an ergonomic shape that resembles the human spine. A multitude of adjustment possibilities makes it possible for the individual user to create an ideal seating position,” says Mr Page.
The standard Comfort seats are available with intuitive, smooth power operation, including adjustable side bolsters, seat cushion extension, multi-directional lumbar support and vertical adjustment of the headrests. Three settings can be stored in the memory. Ventilation and massage functions are optional.
The all-new, optional Contour seat has been designed to offer excellent side support all the way from the shoulders to the thighs.

Individual second row seats and more space in the third row
The second row features three individual seats with recline adjustment. The sliding function can be used to create more legroom for the passengers in the third row – or to increase loading space if the third row seats are folded flat. An integrated child booster cushion in the centre seat is optional.

The seats in the third row, which offer class-leading comfort for passengers with a height up to 170 cm, are slightly centred to offer occupants a generous theatre-seat-inspired view forward. Additional space for the feet under the second row seats creates additional comfort and legroom. Special attention has also been given to ensuring easy ingress and egress from the third row and ease of operation, making this the best third row in the segment.
All seven seats feature three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners, and all the seat rows are covered by the improved Inflatable Curtain airbags in a side impact or rollover situation.
The all-new Volvo XC90 includes a number of storage options for the driver and all the passengers. All the seats in the second and third rows can be folded individually, which creates outstanding loading flexibility. The third row seats can also be specified with power operation.
Four-zone climate system
A pleasant and fresh interior climate is a vital part of wellbeing when driving. The all-new Volvo XC90 can be specified with a four-zone climate system with individual settings for the occupants in the front seats and in the second row. A separate air-conditioning unit for the third row is standard or optional depending on the market.
Volvo Cars’ CleanZone air purification system, one of the most efficient on the market, has been further improved by adding a new filter for more efficient capture of small, harmful particles and pollen in the incoming air.
Find your modern Volvo at Lehman Volvo in York
and Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg

Friday, May 23, 2014

Keep Your Lights Clean....Drive a Volvo.

Remember when Volvos had wipers on their headlights? Every wonder why? The short answer simply is "safety". The longer explanation is that Volvo realizes how important and difficult it is to keep your headlights clean. You might not notice it upon first glance, but it doesn't take much dirt, grime, snow or muck to significantly reduce your headlight's performance.

To this day Volvo includes headlight washers (though the wipers have since vanished) on all of their vehicles. A high pressure spray operates when you turn on your windshield fluid...because, if your windshield is dirty, chances are your headlights are dirty as well.

Find your safety-minded Volvo at Lehman Volvo in York or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg

Thursday, May 15, 2014

20 Years Ago: Volvo Proves a Wagon can RACE

The wagon is synonymous with Volvo. You cannot separate the two…and so, it just made sense that Volvo decided to race with one. In 1994 Volvo took the new 850 wagon to the track to race in the British Touring Car Championship. The world took notice, and it has become a legendary vehicle in the history of racing.

It is now 20 years since Volvo marked its return to the racetrack – with a wagon! The venture would lead to many successful years in the BTCC – including an overall victory in 1998. "When I signed up for Volvo and TWR around Christmas 1993, I didn't know about the wagon racing plans," says Rickard Rydell. "If I'd known, I would probably have hesitated. It was lucky I didn't know!"
Volvo's Back on Track project was tangibly launched in April 1994, when two liveried Volvo 850 wagons rolled up to the start line on the Thruxton track in southern England. It was the start of the season of the most prestigious standard car series, the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
Alongside Tom Walkinshaw Racing – TWR – Volvo had initiated a major investment in the class, and the idea of using wagons (known as estate cars in Europe) was a great success right from the outset. They attracted a great deal of attention and challenged Volvo's image in a positive way, particularly in the UK. Volvo wanted to demonstrate that it was possible to combine practicality with pleasure!
Behind the wheel of one of the cars was 26-year-old Rickard Rydell who, despite his tender age, had a great deal of experience from karting, Formula 3000 and Formula 3. In the other car was his team-mate Jan Lammers, a 37-year-old Dutchman who had competed in various classes including Formula 1.
"It's hard to believe that 20 years have passed," says Rickard Rydell today. "It doesn't feel like it. But now looking back it is clear that we were focusing on the right class at the right time."
The decision to compete with two wagons was taken several months before the start, but was kept secret until the last moment. When the news was released, many thought it was a joke. A large estate is not an ideal track car – with a lot of weight behind the rear axle and a higher centre of gravity, it is harder to get around the corners than a saloon.
"But the aerodynamics of the estate were slightly better than the sedan," says Rickard Rydell. The deciding factor, however, was that the estate would attract more attention. Indeed it did. 20 years later, people are still talking about that Volvo racing wagon.
The spirit of the Volvo 850 wagon racer lives on in the new 2015 Volvo V60 Sports wagon…from the 240 horsepower/37 mile per gallon T5 to the 325 horsepower all-wheel-Drive T6 R-Design.
Find your Volvo V60 at Lehman Volvo in York or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg