Volvo’s New Performance Sub-Brand Is Taking the Fight to Audi, BMW and Mercedes
The Polestar 1 isn't messing around.
The Polestar 1 isn't messing around.
In a world of bland crossovers, the XC60 stands out — but it doesn't handle like it should.
There are 265 car models available in the U.S. market; thus, there are choices. We help narrow them down.
A modular shelving system, a stainless steel frying pan, an urban winter shell and much more.
Finally, a crossover that isn't painful to look at.
Multiple rugged wagons are available; Volvo's is the overall winner.
Volvo is putting autonomous driving tech in the best-looking SUV on the road, and development is happening fast.
Four doors into the finest luxury money can buy.
Volvo is betting that semi-autonomous and autonomous cars will save a lot of lives, and soon.
Even in an era of safe, almost homogeneous car design, there are a few machines that stick out like a sore thumb and are better for it.
At the North American International Auto Show, three top car designers show what goes into creating world-class style, function and driving excitement.
Forget to plow the driveway? Don't worry about it.
The Volvo S90 is revealed, Renault returns to F1, Porsche's new Tesla-fighter and more.
Volkswagen fixes European diesels, the AMG GT gets more power, Volvo's in-car delivery arrives in Sweden and more.
Volkswagen diesels cheated in emissions tests, GM gets a slap on the wrists, a V6 Ferrari is in the works and more.
The new S60 Cross Country and Inscription are novel and a bit odd -- but for Volvo, that's very good.
The Volvo 850 was safe, fun and had understated cool: perfect for the budding driver.
Burn the memory of the Griswolds' wagon. These station wagons are sports-car killers that still haul the kids.
Volvo buys Polestar, Mercedes-AMG pumps more power into its CLA45 and GLA45, Guy Martin and Triumph shoot for 400 mph and more.
There are famous film and TV cars, and then there are ones that are a bit less so. Here's the best supporting roles.
The Volvo V60 T6 R-Design is a 325 horsepower sports car (that happens to be a wagon).
Every emblem has a story, and we're telling the history and evolution of these iconic brand badges.
We got behind the wheel of the Volvo XC90, an SUV that's redefining the Swedish brand's identity.
Today's sport wagon is a far cry from Mom’s old Buick Roadmaster, and these five have enough stylized attitude to preserve your self-respect.
With the new XC90 and excellent V60 and S60, it's no secret that Volvo's going through a bit of a renaissance these days. We headed to California to see if the ruggedized and raised V60 Cross Country is following that trend and if it could possibly be worth the asking price.
This year, Polestar has taken a small allotment of 750 V60 wagons and S60 sedans and made them better, stronger, and faster for worldwide consumption. And Gear Patrol got a first look.
We meet the 2016 Volvo XC90 -- the face of the new Volvo right down to the new, getting-down-to-business logo.
Whether it's a long weekend in the mountains with friends and family or an afternoon blast through wooded sweepers and switchbacks, not all cars are created equal. Get your hands on one of these seven prime choices, and your September, October and early November should be much more memorable.
When purchasing a new car, crash safety ratings tend to fall below other priorities like style, fuel economy, performance, amenities, cost and even brand loyalty. That’s unfortunate, since more than a handful of cars will consistently fail to perform well in the one situation we all hope to avoid: a serious accident. If you're smart, and especially if you have kids in tow, you'll take the time to bone up on which vehicles are the safest. Of the 22 cars that received the highest safety rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), these are the absolute best.
This Week in Motoring: Chrysler surges ahead in sales, the skinny on Singer Porsche, missing pickup tailgates, North Korean grand theft auto and much more.
This Week in Motoring: new tire tech from Michelin, Bentley's new design direction, pitching to female car buyers, a rare Range Rover goes up for sale and much more.
Crossovers have changed in the recent past; you no longer have to trade in your testicles and driving sense to drive one. Even the haters (car nuts) have been proven wrong now that more horses, better driving dynamics and sleeker silhouettes have shown up in performance-focused crossovers. Here are five that break hard from the pack of mediocre crossovers still stuck in the driver's ed parking lot.
What's more surprising than a sedate-looking vintage Volvo wagon that has enough power to bury supercars? In search of the ultimate sleeper, we came across what would normally be a cute vintage 1967 Volvo Amazon Combi wagon that's instead been slammed, juiced up and fitted without some of the most mind blowing guts a family hauler has ever seen.
Negotiating a bulky child seat in the back of a sports coupe during the summertime is not dissimilar from performing hot yoga. The minds at Volvo have rethought the whole rigamarole and sought the path of inner peace by creating the world's first inflatable child seat. We break it down.
Watching concept cars bow at international auto shows is like watching the festivities at Paris Fashion Week: displays are daring, beautiful and sometimes just downright petrifying. The world gets to see bold, shocking statements or captivating ones that might just make it to market. The best examples are fuel for dreams of what may come. This year, the Geneva Motor Show proved to be fertile ground. From a student-submitted sports car to a practical van, here are our 10 favorite concept cars from the show.
As great as Volvo's first two concept cars (the Concept Coupe and the Concept XC Coupe) were, it's the Volvo Concept Estate that's got us giddy with "build it" fever. About to unveil at the Geneva Motor Show, the Concept Estate is essentially the shooting brake (two-door wagon) version of the Concept Coupe, bettered by the addition of a big rear door. Plus, it appears to be as beautiful under the skin as it is on the outside.
As much as I'd love to press my garage door opener and find a wickedly fast Audi A6 Avant 3.0 TDI bi-turbo or Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic Wagon waiting within, the real wagon of my dreams might actually be even more difficult to come by and definitely moves at geologic speed compared to the aforementioned family rocket sleds. It's a true driver's car that just happens to be an iconic station wagon, too: the Volvo 240 GLT Turbo Wagon.
Concept cars are the stuff of dreams, representing the wondrous "could be" situations that make us salivate. Every year various auto shows pull the veil off auto industry pageants every year, and every year our collective pulses race to see what car companies have wrought in the way of wild designs, impressive technology and a foreshadowing of what might come in the not-too-distant future. Detroit has delivered ten of the most eye-catching concepts of 2014, and we've jumped in with a gusto. See which ones we love and why, here.
Today in Gear, we find a new Volvo concept, a pricey TV, Stumptown varietals and much more.
Just about every morning, before our cup of joe, we slap ourselves as a reminder of how lucky we are to drive some of the best cars in the world and get paid for it. 2013 was another year of stupendous privileges, with wheel time in Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Land Rovers, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Porsches, Jaguars, Mercedes-Benzes, Audis, BMWs, Aston Martins and more. We've been the beneficiaries of a huge upswing in the automotive marketplace in terms of style, quality and driving excitement through virtually all segments. And you know what that means: 2014 should prove to be even better. Here are the cars we most covet for the new year, each one a standout in its segment by virtue of its quality, technology, design, driving experience or all of the above. In a stellar field, these are the ones that stir the petrol in our veins the most. As we embark on a new year, here's a toast to what should be an incredible 2014 on the digital pages of Octane.
There was another huge auto show this year in Frankfurt, Germany. Spread out across a dozen exhibition halls covering a mile of real estate, the 65th IAA show featured wares from virtually every automaker on the planet. It is at Frankfurt, for instance, where you can learn about cutting-edge technology like heated armrests (no, we're not kidding) and then walk around the corner and sample the same technology in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. If the question is asked, “Wasn’t that car shown at Frankfurt?” chances are, at least for now, the answer is “yes”. Ditto on whether said car saw extensive press coverage. With that, here’s a rundown of the best of Frankfurt -- not just the big names, but the ones that made us take notice.
Volvo has been eschewing their once-signature boxy designs for over a decade as cars like the swoopy XC60 demonstrate. But at the Frankfurt Auto show this year they proved they're ready to venture even farther with the Volvo Concept Coupe, a gorgeous, liberal reinterpretation of their venerable P1800. We break it down.
The Tie Bar Shoelaces Ever the bastion of affordable style and flair — from tie-it-yourself bow ties to pocket squares to, well, tie bars — The Tie Bar has introduced some colorful accessories to tie onto something a little lower. These waxed cotton laces come in 25 colors and are cheap enough to make customizing...
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