Awards and Volvo Cars seem to have become synonymous over the past two years, and the luxury manufacturer is ending the year on another- well four- high notes.
2019 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys and World Car of the Year
The Volvo XC40 small luxury SUV and XC90 midsize SUV are 2019 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buys, while the XC40 was also named Supreme Winner of the 2018 Women’s World Car of the Year competition. It is the third time in four years the XC90 has been named a Consumer Guide Best Buy.
Interior Design Best Of the Year
The 360c autonomous concept won the Interior Design Best of the Year award for the Automotive Innovation category. Interior Design is the global, industry-leading design publication, website and events company serving the interior design, architectural and facility management audiences. And with Volvo’s commitment to Scandinavian and Human Centric Design, their design philosophy continues to exceed luxury expectations.
“Since we began our product refresh in 2015 experts around the world have recognized that new Volvos are exceptional,” said Anders Gustafsson, Senior Vice President Americas and President and CEO Volvo Car USA. “What they are saying is that consumers looking for cars and SUVs with the best design, technology, safety and luxury should consider Volvo, and we agree.”
“The XC40 offers surprisingly high levels of luxury, style, and all around refinement in a petite, modern, urban-friendly package,” said Tom Appel, publisher, Consumer Guide® Automotive. “The XC90 earned Consumer Guide® Best Buy recognition for its sumptuously trimmed cabin; better-than-class-average fuel economy from its four-cylinder engines; and loads of innovative and unconventional features that set it apart from the competition.”
Nicole Wakelin, a Women’s World Car of the Year judge based in the U.S., said of the XC40, “The XC40 combines the versatility of a crossover with the understated elegance that is the hallmark of Volvo. The drive is engaging with crisp handling and a smooth ride that will have driver and passengers alike seeking the long way home.”
Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Interior Design said, “At Interior Design we seek out the most cutting edge projects and products—whether luxury condo, carpet, or car. And it’s the elite of this elite that take home our Best of Year Awards, a status that Volvo continues to exemplify. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have one of the world’s most iconic brands participate—and win—in our innovation category with the 360c, and look forward to seeing what they enter next year.”
More On the Winners
The Volvo XC40 is the first ever Volvo model to win the prestigious European Car of the Year award. Together with the larger XC60 and XC90, it completes Volvo’s global line-up of premium SUVs. The XC40 is the first car based on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).
The XC90 is Volvo’s midsize, seven-seat SUV and the company’s flagship. Named 2016 Motor Trend SUV of the Year and 2016 North American Utility of the Year, it was the first car to be launched on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), Volvo’s advanced modular product platform that underpins all Volvo cars in the 90 and 60 Series. Pricing for 2019 starts at $47,700.