Volvo bringing extended-wheelbase S60 Inscription to the US


Volvo is one of the car companies that has become a global player due to the company's recent purchase by a Chinese congolmerate. With factories in Sweden, Belgium, and China, Volvo can produce more vehicles and variation os existing models based on market needs. In China, mid-size, extended-wheelbase sedans are the rage and this is Volvo's answer to that market need. For US duty, the EW S60 will get the Inscription moniker and be positioned as the top S60 model available in Premium and/or Platinum trim. The Premier Inscription gets standard leather upholstery, a sun/moon roof, Linear Walnut trim, silk metal detailing, unique 19” wheels, interior accent lighting, Inscription branded tread plates, and the Sensus Navigation  package. Step up to the Platinum level and you add the full Sensus technology suite, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, dual Xenon lights and the convenience package. Prices have not been announced but expect a premium above the currently available S60 models. All-wheel drive is an option.

The S60 Inscription wears those extra wheelbase inches well with no odd greenhouse proportions. The questions any buyer might ask are, "do I need the extra space and possible luxury compared to the "regular" S60" or "do I just have to have the best?" If you answer yes to either of those, then the S60 inscription is your Volvo. For more info, check out the press releases (3) after the jump.

Source: Volvo - Press releases after the "read more" jump.



Press Release:
Volvo Cars’ S60 Inscription: tailored to the U.S.

  • New Volvo S60 Inscription comes with extra spacious interior and high-end luxury design
  • Focus on elegance and comfort
  • Launches at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Volvo Cars is stepping up to the plate yet again when it comes to delivering a luxury car experience with the launch of the S60 Inscription. Tailored to meet the discerning requirements of U.S. consumers, the S60 Inscription takes the S60 to a new level of comfort and rear passenger convenience, offering consumers 3.4 inches additional rear seat legroom, resulting in best-in-class rear accommodation.

“As a part of our revitalisation of the Volvo Brand in the United States we have undertaken extensive research reaffirming what our customers want and have come to expect from Volvo Cars. It goes without saying that the traditional strength of Volvo Cars product offering are still highly sought after – specifically leading-edge safety, low-impact, high-performance powertrains and standard connectivity across all models. What we have added to the S60 Inscription is a luxurious edge using the most natural materials, attention to detail and our iconic Scandinavian design language,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Car Group.

The choice of materials used in the S60 Inscription succinctly reflects the authentic Scandinavian origins of the Volvo Brand. Linear Walnut trim, silk metal detailing, spacious rear seating and a unique 19” wheels, combine to create a relaxing environment that exudes comfort. Additional enhancements include interior accent lighting and Inscription branded tread plates

The 2016 model year S60 Inscription will come in two variants: Premier and Platinum. Premier will comprise leather upholstery, a sun/moon roof and the Sensus Navigation package. The S60 Inscription will be available with the T5 in both front-wheel drive and All-Wheel Drive.

Platinum customers receive the above, plus the full Sensus technology package, a high-end Harman Kardon audio system, dual Xenon lights and a thoughtful convenience package, which puts the joy back into every day driving.

“With the addition of a great sound system by Harman Kardon and full connectivity, Volvo is delivering a truly competitive offer in the mid-sized sedan segment,” added Lex Kerssemakers.

The S60 Inscription will go on sale in the U.S. this summer.



Press Release 2:
Volvo Cars unveils two new sedans for the US market

  • S60 Inscription premium sedan offers class leading rear space
  • Segment-first S60 Cross Country unveiled
  • All-new XC90 R-Design makes North American debut
  • New models move Volvo closer to its mid-term objective of selling 100,000 cars a year in the US
Volvo Cars today reinforced its product offensive in the US by unveiling two new sedans at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, moving it a significant step closer towards its medium term goal of selling 100,000 cars a year in the US.

The Volvo S60 Inscription and the Volvo S60 Cross Country will boost Volvo’s presence in the important premium sedan market. Volvo is also introducing the all new XC90 R Design in Detroit, the latest version of its seven seat SUV that was launched in the US in Los Angeles.

“These two new products, added to the all-new XC90 unveiled in LA, are a further statement of our commitment to turn around our performance in the US. Overall, we will launch seven new products in the US by 2018,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Cars.

The introduction of these new models forms the latest chapter in Volvo’s ongoing transformation, which involves the creation of a global industrial footprint, the complete renewal of Volvo’s product range over the next five years, the introduction of a new modular chassis technology, world-first safety technologies, a new design language, a new powertrain architecture and a range of class-leading connectivity services.

The pace and depth of this transformation was underlined earlier this month after the company reported record full-year sales for 2014. Sales increased 8.9 per cent in 2014 to a new record of 465,866 cars sold. December 2014 also marked the 18th month of consecutive sales increases. Volvo Cars forecasts sales will continue to expand in all global markets in 2015.

The S60 Inscription

The new Volvo S60 Inscription will offer class-leading rear space, something consistently requested by US customers.

It will be made at Volvo’s plant in Chengdu, China, and is on show for the first time at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chengdu is Volvo’s main production facility in China and has been built in accordance with globally monitored quality standards such as the Volvo Cars Manufacturing System, which ensures Volvo Cars’ global quality engineering, quality audit and quality assurance standards.

Levels of installed technology and equipment are the same as the company’s European facilities, as are the working environment, safety and environmental performance standards. Exports to the US will start in the second quarter of this year.

All-new S60 Cross Country

Volvo Cars is stepping up to meet the demands of its core customers with the unveiling of the exciting S60 Cross Country at the Detroit Auto Show.

Back in 1997, when Volvo Cars was the first premium brand to introduce an all-road capable variant of its successful wagons, no one could predict the future success of the crossover concept. Today, the crossover is ubiquitous and has helped to define a whole new category of lifestyle vehicle.

Volvo Cars is once again taking a bold step forward – this time in the sedan segment – with the unveiling of the S60 Cross Country – the first premium sedan with the same level of capability and rugged design cues of the renowned Cross Country wagons.

“We want to further explore the market with our Cross Country brand. We did this back in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country and it led to the birth of a whole new segment. We have included all the capability-driven benefits of the Cross Country brand in this new model, while offering a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.

All-new XC90 R-Design

The XC90 is a visually striking, premium quality seven seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powertrain technologies, an unrivalled combination of power and fuel efficiency and a superlative interior finish.

The new XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, capturing its future design direction, incorporating its own range of new technologies and utilising its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology. Customers obviously like what they see. Launched in August last year and just ahead of the start of production, Volvo has already received orders for over 6,000 new XC90s.

The R-Design version of the all-new XC90 is aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look.

“R-Design is created for people with a passion for things that add spice to life,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Cars. “It appeals to customers that love active driving and a personal, expressive design.”

The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the driver-centric interior featuring R-Design sports seats in Nubuck textile and perforated leather. A choice of Drive-E powertrains offering up to 400 hp and the completely new XC90 chassis ensure an agile driving experience.

The S60 Inscription, S60 Cross Country and XC90 R-Design will be available for delivery from the second quarter.


Volvo Car Group in 2013/14

For the 2013 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 1,919 MSEK (66 MSEK in 2012). Revenue over the period amounted to 122,245 MSEK (124,547 MSEK), while net income amounted to 960 MSEK (-542 MSEK). Global retail sales for the year amounted to 427,840 (421,951) cars, an increase of 1.4 per cent compared to 2012. The operating profit was the result of cost control and strong sales and was further tangible proof of Volvo Car Group’s progress in implementing its transformation plan. For the full year 2014, global sales reached 465,866 cars, an increase of 8.9 per cent versus 2013. Full year financials for 2014 will be announced during the first quarter of 2015.

About Volvo Car Group

Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 465,866 in 2014 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.

As of December 2013, Volvo Cars had over 23,000 employees worldwide. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium) and Chengdu (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofström (Sweden).


Press Release 3:
What's New: 2015.5 Volvo S60


S60 T5 Drive-E
  • New 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 240 hp and 258 lb.-ft. torque
  • New 8-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission
  • Start/Stop technology
  • New ECO+ with modified Start/Stop technology, ECO-coast and ECO-climate
  • New Electrical Power Assist Steering (EPAS)
  • New 19-inch Sport Package includes paddle shifters, 19-inch “Bor” alloy wheels and Sport Chassis
  • Lane Keeping Aid added to Technology Package
  • New optional Park Assist Pilot (requires BLIS Package)
  • Optional 18-inch “Titania” alloy wheels
Additional Changes for 2015.5:
  • New standard features: Sensus Connect with 6-month complimentary subscription, Volvo On-Call with 6-month complimentary subscription, power lumbar support
  • Premier trim level adds Sensus Navigation with Mapcare
  • Premier Plus trim level discontinued • Platinum trim level adds Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System, active dual xenon headlights, Convenience Package, Technology Package
  • New Convenience Package (included in Platinum trim) includes Keyless Drive, rear park assist camera, HomeLink, digital compass, grocery bag holder, power retractable outside mirrors
  • New stand-alone options: Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System (included in Platinum trim), Piano Black inlays, quick-fold front passenger seat, Keyless Drive
S60 T5 AWD
  • New 19-inch Sport Package includes paddle shifters, 19-inch “Bor” alloy wheels and Sport Chassis
  • Optional 18-inch “Titania” alloy wheels
Additional Changes for 2015.5:
  • New standard features: Sensus Connect with 6-month complimentary subscription, Volvo On-Call with 6-month complimentary subscription, power lumbar support
  • Premier trim level adds Sensus Navigation with Mapcare
  • Premier Plus trim level discontinued
  • Platinum trim level adds Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System, active dual xenon headlights, Convenience Package, Technology Package
  • New Convenience Package (included in Platinum trim) includes Keyless Drive, rear park assist camera, HomeLink, digital compass, grocery bag holder, power retractable outside mirrors
  • New stand-alone options: Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System (included in Platinum trim), Piano Black inlays, quick-fold front passenger seat, Keyless Drive
S60 T6 Drive-E
  • New 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine with 302 hp and 295 lb.-ft. torque
  • New 8-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission
  • Start/Stop technology
  • New ECO+ with modified Start/Stop technology, ECO-coast and ECO-climate
  • New Electrical Power Assist Steering (EPAS)
  • Lane Keeping Aid added to Technology Package
  • New optional Park Assist Pilot (requires BLIS Package)
Additional Changes for 2015.5:
  • New standard features: Sensus Navigation with Mapcare, Sensus Connect with 6-month complimentary subscription, Volvo On-Call with 6-month complimentary subscription, power lumbar support
  • Premier Plus trim level discontinued
  • Platinum trim level adds Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System, active dual xenon headlights, Convenience Package, Technology Package
  • New Convenience Package (included in Platinum trim) includes rear park assist camera, HomeLink, digital compass, grocery bag holder, power retractable outside mirrors
  • New stand-alone options: Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System (included in Platinum trim), Piano Black inlays
S60 T6 R-Design AWD
  • Standard power retractable outside mirrors
  • New optional Nubuck textile/leather upholstery
Additional Changes for 2015.5:
  • New standard features: Sensus Navigation with Mapcare, Sensus Connect with 6-month complimentary subscription, Volvo On-Call with 6-month complimentary subscription, power lumbar support
  • Platinum trim level adds Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System, Convenience Package, Technology Package
  • New Convenience Package (included in Platinum trim) includes rear park assist camera, HomeLink, digital compass, grocery bag holder, power retractable outside mirrors
  • New stand-alone option: Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System
Climate Package
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated windshield Heated steering wheel
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles Interior Air Quality System (IAQS)
Technology Package (included in Platinum trim)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist
  • Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake (CWAB)
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake
  • Distance Alert (DA)
  • Driver Alert Control (DAC)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (with T5 AWD, T6 R-Design)
  • Road Sign Information (RSI)
  • Active High Beam
  • Lane Keeping Aid (with T5 Drive-E, T6 Drive-E)
Convenience Package (included in Platinum trim)
  • Keyless Drive (T5)
  • Rear park assist camera
  • Homelink remote garage door opener
  • Digital compass
  • Grocery bag holder
  • Power retractable outside mirrors
19" Sport Package (T5)
  • Paddle shifters
  • 19-inch “Bor” alloy wheels
  • Sport Chassis
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) Package
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
  • Cross Traffic Alert (CTA)
  • Lane Change Merge Aid (LCMA)
  • Front and rear park assist
Stand Alone Options
  • Metallic paint
  • Urbane Wood inlays (T5 and T6)
  • Piano Black Wood inlays (T5 and T6)
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Accessory prep cable
  • 18-inch “Titania” alloy wheels (T5)
  • 19-inch Bor diamond-cut alloy wheels includes Sport Chassis (T6)
  • 19-inch Ixion II alloy wheels with all-season or performance/summer tires (R-Design)
  • Park Assist Pilot (Drive-E; requires BLIS Package)
  • Nubuck textile/leather upholstery (R-Design)
  • Harmon Kardon Premium Sound System (included in Platinum trim)
  • Keyless Drive (T5, included in Platinum trim)
  • Sport seats (T5)
  • Quick-fold front passenger seat (T5)
  • Dual screen Rear Entertainment System