Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera

Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation

volvo self parkParking your car can be challenging at times. You drive into the mall parking area during peak hours and waste hours to find a spot. Too time consuming, frustrating and just ruins the day, if you ask me. Having your ride valet parked while an option poses its own sets of risks though too. What if, one day, all you have to do is walk away and let your car park itself? Sounds impossible?

Well, not anymore. Thanks to Volvo.

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It was only a month ago when the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) began implementing a new number coding scheme for brand new vehicles. Memorandum Circular No. 06 entitled “Guidelines in the implementation of the UVVRP for new vehicles without license plates but with conduction stickers” required new car owners, specifically those who have yet to be issued plates by the LTO, to prominent display the conduction sticker number “on spaces allotted for regular license plates in front and at the rear of the vehicle.”
The problem was, the MMDA simply wanted car owners to copy the conduction sticker number on a piece of card board and place it on the plate number holder. So unless you've got serious art skills, chances are, your home made temporary plate will look like a preschooler's art project and so will your brand new ride.
Luckily, new Volvo owners won't have to go through this trouble. That's because Volvo Philippines is providing them with specially-made conduction plates until the LTO issues them license plates.
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Words by Christopher Kho
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It seems like Volvo has been off the grid for quite some time. So to keep themselves up-to-date, they've teamed up with Swedish neighbor and telecommunications giant Ericsson to get their cars back online. And what they've come up with is a service called “Connected Vehicle Cloud” that will allow drivers, passengers, and the car itself to access services available on the internet.
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Aside from genuine parts, certified procedures, and internationally-trained technicians, to Volvo Philippines, there's got to be more to it than just your regular car service. In saying this, they're taking things to a new level by upgrading to Volvo Service 2.0 - a totally new concept that puts emphasis on customer service rather than just car service. 
Service 2.0 is the collective term for all of Volvo's new customer service offerings and approach, which are all based on consumer needs. This is not merely a one-shot promotional campaign offered for a limited period. Instead, it's a continuous commitment to all Volvo owners of an enjoyable and hassle-free ownership experience.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
Each year, cars are ideally designed and built better as they vie for better scores in crash safety tests such as the Euro NCAP. For example, a full 5-star rating was only achievable by large executive German sedans a decade ago; now, small compact sedans like the 2012 Honda Civic can get a similar rating. But, in all of the Euro NCAP's 15-year history, no other vehicle has scored higher than Volvo's all-new 2013 V40
Receiving the full 5-stars, the Volvo V40 scored 98% in adult and 75% in child occupant safety, 88% in pedestrian safety, and 100% in its safety assist systems. Putting that into perspective, this small Scandinavian hatchback faired marginally better than the current BMW 5-Series.
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Words by Christopher Kho
By now, we should all be familiar with Volvo's Pedestrian Detection system. At speeds up to 35 km/h, this kit automatically applies the brakes to avoid hitting a pedestrian ahead. We know it works because our Associate Editor Jade Lu had the unfortunate job of being a crash test dummy while filming Kotse.com's S60 “Trackster” video. Let’s just say, after three takes, she's still in one piece. But now, Volvo's got a new toy that gives a new meaning to “hit and run” with their Pedestrian Airbag Technology that comes standard in the all-new V40.
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In support of the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan 2011 - 2020 (PRSAP) and the UN's Decade of Action for Road Safety, Volvo Philippines conducted a Pedestrian Detection Crash Simulation during the Department of Transportation and Communication's (DOTC) Road Safety Forum held last February 22, 2012 at Camp Crame, Quezon City. 
For the demonstration, the all-new S60 T6 equipped with Volvo's City Safety system was driven straight into an inflatable pedestrian dummy, where it automatically braked to a full stop and avoided a collision. The test successfully proved that Volvo's latest preventive safety technology can actually save lives on the road.
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Words by Christopher Kho
The 34th edition of the Dakar rally is already well underway as 443 bikes, quads, cars, and trucks race through the deserts of South America. This year's route of what is considered to be the most demanding off-road race in the world will cover 8,300 gruelling kilometers, starting from the coast of Mar del Plata in Argentina on the 1st of January 2012, over the Andes Mountains into Chile, and finish in Lima, Peru on the 15th. And with last year's winner Volkswagen sitting it out in the sidelines this year, it's going to be a fierce three-way battle between MINI, Hummer, and Toyota for the top spot on the podium.
On its biggest Dakar campaign ever, X-raid is heading the field with five MINI ALL4 Racing machines this year. The newly developed MINI's are built ground-up with a tubular steel chassis and carbon fiber bodywork based on the Countryman. Powering this four-wheel-drive Monster is a 315hp 3.0L twin-turbo diesel sourced from BMW. Leading the pack of MINI's is nine-time Dakar champion Stéphane Peterhansel, with fellow drivers Nani Roma, Krzysztof Holowczyc, Leonid Novitskiy, and Ricardo Leal dos Santos piloting the other four.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
Back in April, Volvo bit off more than they could chew when they tried to take on the Universe. That's why four months later, they decided to go back to the drawing board and tackle something more manageable starting with You. Reborn at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Concept You was built as a statement of “Scandinavian Heritage, Scandinavian Passion, Scandinavian Light, and Scandinavian Craftmanship.” But all this Scandinavian pride somehow feels that there's a hint of Scandinavian insecurity behind the brand's new oriental owners.
Taking the form of a sporty fastback coupé, the Concept You wields ventilated disc brakes by Polestar racing and 21-inch polished aluminum rims. And since its last inception, it has grown a pair of rear sunroofs and traded the futuristic grill for one with more class, but manages to retain the decorated side mirrors. Overall, Volvo's hoping to appeal to a wider audience with its younger and sportier character.
Published in Concept
Friday, 19 August 2011 07:42

Volvo's Safety Concept Car 10 years after

Concept cars are one-off masterpieces created by artistic minds to inspire and foretell how cars of the future will shape up to be. But among the myriad of concepts that debut in motor shows around the world each year, none of them even compares to how much Volvo's Safety Concept Car (SCC) helped shape the cars of today. Ten years after its debut in Detroit, the technological concepts from SCC are still making their way into new Volvo's. 
After the SCC was unveiled, work immediately got underway in 2002 to translate its technical concepts into production. One of the project's important goals was to demonstrate the possibility of combining world-class safety with a sporty and sleek package in a small car. Four years later, the project finally bore fruit when the Volvo C30 made its world debut in 2006. It proved that there's progress when designers and engineers work hand-in-hand. With over a dozen of the SCC's advanced technical solutions finding their way into new Volvo's each day, what started out as concepts now help drivers avoid both minor and major collisions.
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