The new compact SUV Volvo XC40 was chosen Car of the Year 2018 in Europe just before the celebration of 88th Geneva Motor Show. It is the first time that Volvo, the premium vehicle manufacturer, has won this prestigious accolade.
The triumph of the XC40 means that Volvo's entire range of new SUVs have been voted Car of the Year, whether in Europe or North America. The large XC90 and midsize XC60 have won the North American Truck / Utility of the Year award for the past two years.
The 2018 Car of the Year award in Europe follows another recent recognition for the XC40, such as Car of the Year from the UK's leading automotive trade publication What Car?
The XC40 sets a new benchmark in its segment for design, connectivity and safety technology. The first orders of more than 20.000 units in Europe and the United States indicate that customers like this combination. The launch of the XC40 will soon spread to China - the world's largest vehicle market - where Volvo hopes to attract the same interest.
The new XC40 is the first model in Volvo's new Compact Modular Vehicle Architecture (CMA), the basis for upcoming 40 series vehicles, including fully electrified models. Developed in collaboration with Geely, this architecture provides the company with the economies of scale necessary in this segment.
Likewise, the XC40 is the first Volvo to feature the shared mobility feature, thanks to Volvo's digital key technology and its Volvo On Call connected services platform. XC40 owners can share their vehicle with family and friends without handing them a physical key.
Another first is the new subscription service that Volvo Cars introduced for the XC40, which offers access to the vehicle for a flat monthly fee as an alternative to the proprietary model. Thanks to Care by Volvo Having a vehicle will be as easy, clear and simple as having a telephone.
Among the safety and driver assistance features included in the XC40 are Volvo Cars' Pilot Assist system, City Safety, attenuation of road exits, protection in case of leaving the road, the warning of crossing with brakes automatic and 360 ° camera, which helps drivers to maneuver their vehicle in difficult parking spaces.
The XC40 offers smart interior design and storage ideas with more features in the doors and under the seats., a special place with inductive charging for telephones, a folding hook for hanging small bags and a removable waste bin in the console of the central partition.
In 2017, the company announced its commitment to electrify all new Volvo Cars starting in 2019. In line with its leadership in electrification, a hybrid option as well as another fully electric motor will be added to the XC40 later.