Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Parking Made Easy: Some of the safety behind the All-New Volvo XC90

Designed around modern car buyers’ expectations of smart functionality, the all-new Volvo XC90 features a set of innovative solutions that make tricky parking situations and manoeuvring in tight spaces easy.

The IntelliSafe support technologies include an extended Park Assist Pilot, which now also offers automatic reversing into a parking bay as well as entering and exiting a parallel parking spot. The XC90 can also display a digitally created bird’s-eye view of the 360° area around the car on the large centre screen.

“Several studies by research institutes reveal that up to two-thirds of interviewed motorists feel uncomfortable in tight parking situations. Options such as the extended Park Assist Pilot and bird’s-eye view function turn these potentially stressful situations into comfortable, precise and safe manoeuvring,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.

The further-developed Park Assist Pilot facilitates both parallel and bay parking by taking over and operating the steering wheel while the driver handles the gearbox and controls the car’s speed.

Ultrasonic sensors detect the parking space

The parking manoeuvre is based on information from twelve ultrasonic sensors around the car. When the driver activates the Park Assist Pilot in a parallel parking situation, the sensors start to scan the side of the car for empty parking slots. When a parking slot measuring a minimum of 1.2 times the car’s length is detected, the driver is notified by an audible signal and a message in the instrument cluster. In a bay parking situation, the slot needs to be the width of the car plus one meter.

The display then guides the driver step by step via texts and animations in the instrument cluster until the car is parked.

A bird’s-eye view from above the car

The all-new XC90 also features a 360° Surround View that gives the driver a bird’s-eye view, an overview of the surrounding area, seen from a point above the car.

This bird’s-eye view is enabled by four concealed fish-eye cameras – one integrated into the front, one integrated in each of the door mirrors and one fitted above the rear number plate.

The 360° Surround View also gives the driver comfortable access to other views of the surrounding area such as front, rear and side views.

“The 360° Surround View is exceptionally useful in situations where the driver’s direct view is obstructed, such as leaving a tight driveway with obstacles on the sides or when reversing towards a trailer or caravan,” says Peter Mertens. “360° Surround View also provides great support during parking, for instance when you want to make sure that all parts of the car are within the lines of a parking spot.”

Cross Traffic Alert

The outstanding IntelliSafe solutions in the all-new XC90 also include Cross Traffic Alert, which covers the driver’s back when reversing out of a parking space. It warns of approaching traffic up to 30 metres on each side, alerting the driver with an audible signal and a warning on the centre screen.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Gamechanger: The All-New Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo has just announced the all-new XC90 will be the cleanest and most powerful SUV. Environmental care has always been a core value for Volvo and it really shows in the XC90…

Volvo Cars' all-new XC90 will offer an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation when it is launched early next year. The all-wheel drive seven seater offers drivers up to 400 horsepower but with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle). There has never been an SUV offering this level of power this cleanly.

“There are no compromises when you drive an all-new XC90,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group. “In the past you could either have power or low CO2 emissions. But with the all-new XC90 you can have both.”

The new XC90 offers a range of Drive-E engine options, all of which provide an outstanding combination of performance and fuel-efficiency.

“With our new Drive-E powertrains, we have created a family of intelligent engines with power curves that give exciting drivability at the same time as delivering world-beating fuel economy,” added Dr. Mertens.

Twin Engine technology

For the all-new XC90, the top of the range ‘Twin Engine’ will carry the badge ‘T8’ and be a plug-in electric car, hybrid car and high-performance car rolled into one.
Normal driving is conducted in the default hybrid mode. This utilizes a two-litre, supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E engine that powers the front wheels and an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor that drives the rear wheels.

It uses the supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range to give the engine a big, naturally-aspirated feel, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up. The electric motor on the rear wheels provides immediate torque.

But at the push of a button the driver can switch to quiet and emission-free city driving on pure electric power where the range will be around 40 kilometres, and then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor, with its combined output of around 400 hp and 640 Nm of torque.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

History Repeating a VERY Good Way.

The phrase "those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it" is one to remember. However, repeating history is not always a bad thing. 10 years ago Volvo unleashed the raw and powerful Volvo S60 R and V70 R. 300 horsepower, all-wheel-drive and unique styling made the R series highly desirable.

Flash forward 10 years and Volvo has repeated history with the all-new Volvo S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar. The concept is the same: a lot of power, phenomenal all-season handling, stunning styling. However, these cars go above and beyond what was capable a decade ago. The Polestar models are quicker in every way, have a higher quality interior, a lot more safety features, and are much more refined. Yes...history repeating itself can be good...but only if you improve upon it ;).

Lehman Volvo York is your authorized Volvo Polestar dealership. Visit online at WWW.LEHMANVOLVOYORK.COM

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

See Your Selfie in a Volvo Photo Contest

Ok, time to break out the cameras (or more likely, the smart phones) and show your selfie with a Volvo! Our first ever "selfie" photo contest is an awesome way to win an Apple iPad, Complete vehicle detail, or $50 dining card. It couldn't be easier to enter the contest...simply join Lehman Volvo's Facebook page (Mechanicsburg: York ) and upload your self-taken portrait with your Volvo (or someone else's if you don't have one!). The photo with the most likes WINS.

Here's the press release:

Lehman Volvo Announces Unique Selfie Contest                                                                
July 1st,2014- Starting today, Lehman Motors Volvo is asking for people to show their human side, with the first ever See Your Selfie in a Volvo Photo Contest. Using a national phenomenon on a local scale, the contest reflects that cars are driven by people.
Lehman Motors Volvo (and Lehman Volvo York) is hosting the contest, which runs from July 1st to September 1st, on their Facebook page. Contestants are asked to take selfies of themselves in or around a Volvo vehicle. The contest is open to Volvo owners and non-owners alike. Non-Volvo owners are encouraged to take their selfie in any of the vehicles on Lehman Motors Volvo’s showroom floor. The winner of the contest will be determined by the number of “likes” their photo receives during the contest dates. A top prize of an Apple iPad will be given to the winner. Apple has partnered with Volvo for their next generation of mobile integration, starting in the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90.
“This photo contest is a very unique way to get our message out…that Volvo is a very human-centric brand. A Volvo is designed around you, and built to make your life easier and of course, safer” states Dan Lehr, Marketing Manager for Lehman Motors Volvo. “We want people to engage in a way that is creative, fun, and shows their human side.” Complete contest rules are available on Lehman Motors Volvo’s Facebook page at or in York at
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