2015 Volvo XC90 vs. 2015 BMW X5 - DESIGN
2015 BMW X5
Engineered in Germany and built in South Carolina, the 2015
BMW X5 continues to be a benchmark for any company contemplating a new
luxury mid-size SUV. The X5's off-road-ability may be outweighed by its
superb on-road manners, but that's all on purpose--it's a luxury family
wagon tailored for comfort, meant for gated-community garages everywhere.
The X5 can seat up to seven, and for most of those passengers, it's a
warmer ambiance to soak up. Seat comfort isn't perfect, though, with some
flatness in the front buckets. The second-row seat in the X5 can now be
split 40/20/40, for more flexibility, and they're adjustable for rake.
The X5 hasn't dramatically changed its sheetmetal in this generation, but
the cabin's reworked handsomely. The new X5 is more gracefully sculpted
than its ancestors, in measurable amounts but not in any dramatic fashion.
In the cockpit, the monolithic bulge of BMW's latest dash designs shows up
in swell form, made distinctive this time with a choice of neutral and
brown leathers over the standard black leatherette. It's not so broad a
palette until you reach into the more extreme colors on the option list.
There's even a reddish-brown.
The BMW X5 occupies that performance space typical of German SUVs like the
Mercedes M-Class and VW Touareg and, yes we're going there, the Jeep Grand
Cherokee. There's diesel power available, insanely plush spin-offs with V-8
2015 Volvo XC90
ollowing several leaks, Volvo has published a full set of details about the
2015 XC90. The Swedish automaker's range-topping crossover will be
presented to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show next
The XC90 inaugurates Volvo's next design language that was previewed by a
series of show cars including the retro-inspired Concept Estate introduced
last March in Geneva. Generally more angular than the current model, the
crossover boasts a tall front end characterized by a floating radiator
grille with horizontal slats, sharp headlights with T-shaped LED daytime
running lights and a rippled hood. Out back, the upright tail lamps remain
but they adopt LED technology.
Inside, the XC90 moves up on the market with a luxurious cockpit that
features acres of leather upholstery, real wood trim on the dashboard and
on the center console as well as a large tablet-like touch screen that
controls the crossover's infotainment system. The steering is commanded
through a three-spoke multi-function wheel, and the XC90 packs a fully
digital instrument cluster.
Staying true to tradition, Volvo has equipped the XC90 with a full suite of
electronic driving aids and safety features including two functions that
have never been used on a production car before. The first is a run-off
road protection function that tightens seat belts and helps cushion
vertical forces if the XC90 is accidentally driven off the road and into a
ditch, for example. The second is an automatic brake at intersection
feature that stops the crossover if it detects the driver pulls out in
front of a car that is going too fast.
Under the Skin
Under normal driving conditions, the two power sources will work together
to generate about 400 horsepower and a V8-like 472
lb-ft. of torque. Alternatively, the motor will be able to propel the XC90
on electricity alone for up to 24 miles.
Conventional versions of the next XC90 will be powered by Volvo's new
Drive-E engine family which will include two gas-burning mills rated at 254
and 316 horsepower, respectively,
and two turbodiesels tuned to generate
190 and 225 ponies. The oil-burners are unlikely to be sold on this side of
The 2015 Volvo XC90 will go on sale shortly after it debuts in the French
capital. Full pricing information will be published closer to its on-sale
date, but Volvo has revealed the XC90 T6 AWD will start at $48,900. The
list of standard features will include navigation, a panoramic sunroof and
Buyers will be asked to choose from two basic model lines: Urban Luxury and
Rugged Luxury. The elegant Urban Luxury model will pack a color-coordinated
body kit with stainless steel trim and 21-inch wheels, while the Cross
Country-inspired Rugged Luxury model will stand out with flat black trim,
skid plates on both ends and 22-inch alloys.
Finally, Volvo will offer a limited run of 1,927 XC90 First Edition models,
a number chosen to celebrate the year of the automaker's birth. First
Edition models come with custom badging all around, a numbered plaque
inside and a long list of standard features including air suspension on
both axles and a 19-speaker, 1,400-watt sound system. First Edition models
will be exclusively offered with a four-cylinder mill that generates 316 horsepower and 295
lb-ft. of torque.
The First Edition cars will be sold online on a first-come, first-served
basis on September 3rd, 2014, starting at 10:00am. Pricing will kick off at
The Volvo Amazon is a mid-size car manufactured by Volvo Cars from 1956 to
1970 and introduced in the USA as the 122S at the New York International
Auto Show in April 1959.
The Amazon shared both the wheelbase from its predecessor, the PV, as well
as its tall posture and high H-point seating — while offering three model
configurations: 2-door sedan, 4-door sedan and wagon. In 1959 Volvo
provided front seat belts as standard equipment on all the cars, including
the export models, becoming the world's first manufacturer to take this
step — later becoming the first car featuring three-point seat belts.
When introduced, the car was called the Amason (with an 's'), which derives
from the fierce female warriors of Greek mythology, the Amazons. Kreidler,
German manufacturer of motorcycles had already registered the name, and the
two companies agreed Volvo could only use the name domestically (i.e.,
within Sweden), modifying the spelling to Amazon. Subsequently, Volvo began
its tri-digit nomenclature and the line became known as the 120 Series.
The Amazon was originally manufactured at Volvo's Lundby plant in
Gothenburg and subsequently at the company's Torslandaverken, which began
operating in 1964. By the end of production, 234,653 four-door models,
359,917 two-door models and 73,220 station wagons had been produced, 60% of
them for export — for a total of 667,791 vehicles.
'67 Volvo Amazon sat 15 years, first start
This is our latest Volvo Amazon project, that we are going to get back on
the road. It's backfiring a lot, because the carb has lots of corrosion in
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New 2015 Volvo XC90 review exterior interior & engineer interview at Volvo Ocean Race
Video from the world premiere XC90: http://youtu.be/hSvdCcBUOhw
XC60 compact SUV video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji3xGKh2miI
Background text German (or use translator):
In this video, Thomas from Autogefühl is giving you his comments on the
all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 in a static review of the exterior and interior.
Also, we are interviewing Jonas Klint, Chief engineer with Volvo. All took
place at the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante.
Prepping 1967 Volvo Amazon 122 for Paint - IPD Build Off Production Video Diary 11
We sanded the car down to bare metal with 40 grit sandpaper using a Random
Orbital sander first. That took a long time, and lots of vibrations on the
hands (doesn't feel too good after several hours). We instead found better
results using 40 grit ceramic flap disc used for stripping paint fast with
our angle grinder. A 7" wheel would have been better. If you don't move
fast, it will start leaving grinding marks on the body. With the amount of
waves on the hood, roof and trunk it didn't really matter so much, since
our body shop said they'd "skin" the whole car with Bondo to get the
showroom finish. You could argue that prep is more important than paint in
the overall look of a car. While the car is at the body shop, we are
getting to work on the engine and picked up some sweet mystery wheels. Can
you guess what they are?
Next time we'll cover pulling the trim, windows and door handles.
Short film about passion "Volvo 850 T5"
Projekt VOLVO 850 T5.
Film of passion for the automotive industry.
Crash Testing the 2013 Volvo XC60! - The Downshift Episode 51
We visit Ruckersville, VA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's
Vehicle Research Center. IIHS is crash testing the 2013 Volvo XC60 in one
of their newest tests - the small overlap front test. On this episode of
The Downshift, learn why this kind of front overlap impact has such a
reputation for killing cars and their passengers, and find out if the Volvo
XC60 passes the test.
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