High Performance People at Park Place Volvo Dallas-April 2017

High Performance

Park Place Dealership’s commitment to provide client service excellence is not just a “catch phrase”…it is a pledge to deliver extraordinary ownership experiences to each and everyone one of our clients.  To consistently uphold a standard as high as ours is no easy task- but, Park Place is proud to have a team full of high performance people who go above and beyond to provide our clients with an authentic and unmatched client experience- 100% of the time.

Germaine AmbresGermaine Ambres, New Car Sales Director, is our High Performance Member of Month for Park Volvo- because of his commitment to ensuring his team delivers a unique high performance ownership experience to all clients.

Germaine is a native Texan, born in Houston to loving, hard working parents from the rich-in-culture southern Louisiana.  Over 10 years ago, he moved to Dallas in search of new opportunity with his wife.

“Typically Houstonians don’t like Dallas, but North Texas felt like home.”

He was highly encouraged by clients and colleagues to join the Park Place team and this month, April 2017, marks his 10 year anniversary at Park Place Dealerships.  Initially, Germaine accepted a position as a Sales Consultant but later filled other roles such as Finance Manager, Business Manager, and now currently serves Park Place Volvo as the New Car Sales Director.

He employs the Platinum rule when helping clients through the purchasing process- treating people the way they wish to be treated.  An integral part of his approach is to remember his client’s names- it’s not uncommon for Germaine to remember a client’s name from many years later.

“Everyone loves to be remembered. Creating the “Cheers” experience is priceless.”

When Germaine is not at Park Place Volvo, he enjoys landscaping to defend his ‘yard of the month’ status and spending time with his lovely wife.  He can also be found serving in various areas of his church, including deacon and his passion, marriage ministry. His deeply rooted values are a result of the “village” of men and women, and his amazing family, who poured into him.

Germaine Ambres of Park Place Volvo lives out the culture of Park Place to the highest degree- providing clients with nothing less than exceptional experiences. He believes that what you give out will come back to you- a belief reinforced by a go-to mantra “Goodness and mercy will follow me all my days.”

So why is Park Place, Germaine’s Place?

“Every time there is an opportunity to serve a client, it is also an opportunity to impact the person in positive way for a lifetime.”

If you’re keen on a new Volvo, be sure to stop by Park Place Volvo and meet with Germaine, and his high performance team, for a memorable ownership experience!

The Drive Me Project: Volvo’s Real-life Autonomous Drive Research Program

The Drive Me project is a large scale autonomous driving project that puts real people behind the wheel of a Volvo XC90 in real traffic. In total, the project will see about 100 autonomous cars on the roads in Sweden- the home of Volvo Cars. During the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, Volvo introduced the Hain Family from Gothenburg, Sweden, as the first people chosen to take part in a real-life autonomous drive research program.

Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, of the Volvo Car Group says that “Technology should improve the consumer experience making mobility safer, sustainable, and more convenient.” This program emphasizes that technology should make people’s lives easier, allowing a user to potentially drive in a vehicle that performs all the driving without human input. But, it all starts with the person using the technology; Volvo’s unique, human centric approach defines the technology based on the role of the driver.

The Hain family
The Hain family

The extensive research should yield a safer journey, save fuel, provide a smoother ride, and even help every driver find and successfully park in any available space. This a collaborative process; Volvo Cars recently partnered with the ride sharing company, Uber,  that will incorporate the latest autonomous driving (AD) features, as well as launching a joint venture with Autoliv, termed Zenuity, to develop bench-marking autonomous drive software and safety solutions for OEM’s.

The future cars will be able to navigate without human input, sense its surroundings and adapt to changing traffic conditions. “We want to learn more around how people feel when they engage and disengage autonomous drive, what the handover should be like, and what sort of things they would do in the car when it’s driving them to their destination” according the Henrik Green, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Volvo Car Group.

 Volvo aims to have its first fully autonomous car on the market by 2021.



The Volvo V90 Luxury Wagon to Make its North American Debut in 2017

The new Volvo V90 will make its North American Debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and will be available as a model 2018 later this year.  This beautiful, new expression of luxury builds on over 60 years of wagon heritage that started with the Volvo Duett. The V90 wagon will complete the Volvo 90 range, which includes the V90 Cross Country, XC90 SUV, and the S90 Sedan.

The V90 engages the senses, transporting passengers to a light and spacious Scandinavian sanctuary.  Its interior is designed with nappa leather, natural wood, a full length panoramic roof, and the 12” Sensus Connect Touchscreen also found in the award winning XC90. Maximilian Missoni, Vice President- Exterior Design, describes the luxury wagon as “powerful and confident, but also calming. It’s a car you will drive with pride.”

Light and elegant, the Volvo V90 is a fantastic vehicle for the true wagon enthusiast. Its luxury defies standards, allowing customers to oversee every detail through Volvo concierge or Overseas Delivery.The stunning Scandinavian design combines with intuitive technology to give the rider an experience truly made for a new world.

Stay up-to-date with the new Volvo V90.

The All New 2016 Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90

The 2016 Volvo XC90, the brand’s most innovative and luxurious model to date, marks a new era of sleeker, smarter cars for Volvo.

2016 Volvo XC90

Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture, the latest standard for all future Volvos, features a slightly larger and lighter body than the previous Volvo models, as well as a completely redesigned chassis. The Scalable Product Architecture also features a completely integrated electrical design that optimizes vehicle dynamics, safety, car body, and infotainment systems. With its updated design, the XC90 commands attention, yet maintains a clean and sophisticated appearance.

2016 Volvo XC90 Logo

Volvo’s latest powertrains mark the start of a new generation of highly efficient and powerful engines for the brand. Called “E-Drive,” the three engine variations–the T5, T6, and T8 plug-in hybrid–all encompass Volvo’s commitment to creating more innovative technologies.  “Efficiency” is no long synonymous with lackluster performance.  Each Volvo engine is paired to an 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission.

2016 Volvo XC90 Interior

The T5 is a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The T6 supercharged engine has a considerable 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.  Finally, the powerful new T8 option contains the same engine as the T6 with an additional 60-kW, 80 hp electric motor on the rear axle that allows the driver to run on either pure electricity, a hybrid combination, or exclusively on gasoline.

2016 Volvo XC90 Drive Controls

The Volvo XC90 brings an exciting new edge to Volvo’s design language. The vehicle’s’ new floating grille design adorned with the timeless Volvo logo gives an updated twist to a familiar look.  The LED daytime running lights are unmistakable, evoking the mythical shape of Thor’s hammer.  The tail lights glow as red, vertical curves highlighting the distinctive sweep of the vehicle.

2016 Volvo XC90 Headlight

Swedish luxury design has become increasingly sophisticated, and this year is no exception.  Enter the spacious seven-seat cabin of the XC90 and surround yourself with soft Nappa leather and birch wood trim.  Seats have been redesigned to add more cushion, and combined with ample legroom, make for a comfortable journey.

2016 Volvo XC90 Exterior

The XC90 combines Volvo’s relentless commitment to safety with a sleek, updated package for a luxury crossover that’s as stylish as it is efficient. Contact Park Place Volvo today to reserve your 2016 Volvo XC90.