Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestars: Now coming down the production line

Good things take time....and the time is (finally) getting much closer until the all-new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestars land in the United States. The most powerful production Volvos to date, the Polestar models include more power, greater handling, and more style than most vehicles on the road.

Here's the press release:

The first Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar cars have left the Volvo Torslanda factory plant on their way to customers around the world as production has begun.

"We are very happy to see the first ever complete production cars from Polestar be built in the Volvo factory. It is a satisfying result of many hours of work by the people of Polestar and Volvo behind this,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.

Volvo Cars starts production of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

The Volvo factory in Torslanda celebrated 50 years recently with a total of over 6.8 million cars having been produced, starting with the Amazon model in 1964 and all the way to the new S60 and V60 Polestar today. The Polestar model also marks the first ever independent partner being introduced to the production process.

”We are delighted to see the first cars leave the factory and it has been an exciting journey together with Polestar to see these cars from the drawing board until the actual finalized product being produced with us on the factory line,” said Magnus Hellsten, Vice President Car Manufacturing Europe at Volvo Cars.

A total of 750 cars will be produced of the S60 and V60 Polestar model this year, heading to customers in Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.

Volvo Cars starts production of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

”It is an exciting process as there are many new and unique Polestar components that needs to work seamlessly in the Volvo factory without interrupting the production of other models. It was a truly proud moment to see the first Polestar blue cars on the production line together with the XCV70, S80 and other models. The cooperation with Volvo works really well and we are looking forward to an exciting future together,” said Fries.

The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar features a thoroughly developed chassis with high performance dampers and brakes which in combination with four-wheel drive and 350 hp from a turbo charged 6-cylinder engine creates a driver’s car for all year.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Always "Throwback Thursday" at the Parts Department


If you've ever been to the parts counter at Lehman Motors Volvo, you've noticed them... old Volvo ads, from a lot of different eras. Back when printed ads were the big thing, Volvo had a lot of clever headlines and advertisements in various magazines. Over the years (seeing as Lehman Motors has been around for decades), our employees have collected these ads and they hang proudly on the wall.

There are more however, like this poster-sized ad...that are not on display (currently). It's hard to find a location for everything!  Maybe we will have to start a rotation....

Find your modern classic at Lehman Motors Volvo in Mechanicsburg www.lehmanvolvo.com or Lehman Volvo in York www.lehmanvolvoyork.com

Monday, June 16, 2014

The $92,400 Volvo

The term "classic car" usually gets thrown around to describe any old car. However, the Volvo P1800ES is definitely a car that deserves the "classic" term, and apparently people are taking notice.
Case in point is the spotless 1973 example you see here. It just set an auction record high price for a Volvo car...nearing 6 figures.

Bonhams Auctioneers has sold a 1973 Volvo P1800ES Sport Wagon for the record sum of  $92,400 USD. It was at an auction at the Greenwich Concours d´Elegance in Connecticut, USA that the Swedish classic with just 13,000 miles on the odometer was sold. “As far as we know, this is a new world record for a classic Volvo”, a representative for Bonhams said.

This P1800ES has spent its entire life in Keene, New Hampshire, and been used very little by its three owners, the first of them keeping the car for 27 years.The red paintwork is totally original, so is the black leather upholstery and the car has sought after factory equipment as factory fitted A/C.

The presale estimate was $30,000 to $40,000,but it was bid strongly by a number of current and former Volvo dealers before ultimately selling to an overseas bidder for more than the double.
“The car was nicely presented, well preserved and totally original. It was key for a high price like this, a restorer would struggle to match the build quality of the factory in Gothenburg,” said Eric Minoff, specialist at Bonhams´ Motor Cars department.

Find your future classic Volvo at Lehman Volvo in York www.lehmanvolvoyork.com or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg www.lehmanvolvo.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Another Volvo Saved my Life Story...Close to Home.

June is National Safety Month and we have a personal story from the Volvo Saved My Life Club. What you see here is Lehman Motors Sales Consultant Mary Abruzzese's 2002 Volvo S60. Her husband Tim was driving in a downpour when a tractor trailer pushed a ton of water around the vehicle, forcing it to lose control.

The Volvo hit the guardrail, spun hitting the guardrail a second time. It then crossed over two lanes of traffic, and ended up in the middle of the grass median.  Both airbags deployed, and the front end of the car was completely crumpled. Tim's first thoughts after the accident..."I’m OK.  Not even a scratch!...I have to get another Volvo." This was Tim’s first Volvo, and we are happy to report he is safe and sound in his second one. Has a Volvo saved your life?

Find your safety-minded Volvo at Lehman Volvo in York www.lehmanvolvoyork.com or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg www.lehmanvolvo.com

Friday, June 6, 2014

As Safe as a street rod can be....

With the street rods rolling into York county this weekend, we thought we would like to share our idea of the ideal street rod. What you are looking at is an actual street rod project using Volvo's first model, the 1927 OV4 as inspiration.

It's fitting to use a Volvo from this vintage, as American street rods started with vehicles from the same era (Old Model T's, Model A's, 1930s Chevys etc.) as they were cheap and accessible in the 1950s.

However, this Volvo street rod is of course, very unique. Built in 2008, this hot rod Jakob (as the OV4 is known) features custom carbon body and aluminum body panels. The engine is an ethanol-powered Volvo turbo-charged engine with a Volvo 5 speed manual transmission. Suspension is coil-over with gas dampers and the tires are custom-designed Pirellis.

Yes, a lot of work went into this custom street rod. Today's street rods often get the same love, a far cry from the original days of removing fenders and just dropping in a big block V8 and slick tires.

Find your future Volvo street rod at Lehman Volvo in York www.lehmanvolvoyork.com or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg www.lehmanvolvo.com