Luxury Coach & Transportation

October 2018

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LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION OCTOBER 2018 23 Production Values Volvo has restructured its production in recent years, opt- ing for four-cylinder only engines and building models on platforms that can be easily adapted to electric power and hybrid versions. e automaker uses two major platforms, SPA (scalable platform architecture) for the S90, V90, XC90, new S60, and XC60, and CMA (compact modular architec- ture) for the XC40. "We no longer produce vehicles on our lifecycle platforms as it is not conducive to electri…cation," Morris said. While the electric hybrid S90 T8 model is not stocked among the S90s in livery spec inventory, it could be available with the livery incentives and warranties for interested operators, although at a higher base model price bought through retail or ‰eet purchasing channels, Morris said. Tech + Safety + Convenience = Luxury Defined Volvo has not changed any technology or safety features on the 2019 model compared to MY 2018, but it should be noted all safety equipment comes standard on the S90 livery version. For starters, the S90 body contains several di'erent strengths of steel and pillars with a higher tensile strength. "It's not so much about the safety features for the driver; it's about entire car," said Kyle Alexander, a commercial sales specialist with Volvo Car USA. "ere are safety features that passengers experience as well. e technology enables this car to do everything possible to avoid a collision, whether with a pedestrian, animal, or another vehicle." • e S90 combines Driver Alert Control, Lane Keeping Aid, and Run-o' Road mitigation to avoid or decrease the sever- ity of a rear-end collision. In a serious situation where a car drifts onto a shoulder or new surface, the car can take over the steering wheel and use the torque to slow down, bring itself into the lane, and sound an alarm to alert or "wake a new Volvo car." Since the S90 livery version …rst debuted to the luxury transportation industry in March 2017 at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas, Volvo has sold about 100 of them to 25 luxury transportation operations nationwide, said Mick Morris, manager of commercial accounts and commercial business development for Volvo Car USA in Rockleigh, N.J. What's New For 2019 Morris recently outlined some minor changes for the 2019 MY S90, which Volvo will exhibit at the LCT- NLA Show East in Atlantic City, N.J., on Nov. 4-6: • Volvo has upgraded to a black headliner, a larger more luxuri- ous rear seat center armrest, and included power window shades for all rear glass. e armrest surrounds the entire middle seat to provide room for two arms and two cup- holders. A new chrome trim outlines the leather-wrapped center console. • On the exterior, the new S90 has added chrome trim between the new trapezoid shaped tailpipes that accentuate the lower rear look of the car. Overall, the S90 body style, legroom, and dimensions are unchanged from the 2018 model year. South Carolina operators Matt and Marina Miller plan to add more Volvo S90s in coming months as their 15-vehicle company grows. How Volvos Get To Limo Operators The Swedish Volvo Car Co., now owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., builds the S90 in Daqing, China under Swedish supervision. Its U.S. distribution for the luxury transportation industry is centered on port-based inventory. Volvo Cars USA keeps the S90 in stock at the five ports where it imports them: Newark, N.J., Baltimore, Brunswick, Ga., and Benicia and Port Hueneme in California. When an operator wants to buy an S90, Volvo connects the interested operator with a dealer. The pricing is pre-negotiated and the vehicle is delivered to the dealer when Morris gets the "thumbs up" from the dealer. "It's a very e'cient process," Morris said. SPEC SHEET Volvo S90 T5 FWD/AWD Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder, turbocharged Horsepower: 250 @ 5,500 rpm Transmission: 8-speed automatic Geartronic Fuel economy: 24 city / 34 hwy / 27 comb. (FWD); 23/32/26 (AWD) Warranty: Bumper-to-Bumper 3 years/100,000 mi. // Powertrain 3 years/150,000 mi. Maintenance: 36 mo./36,000 mi. included Cost: Livery pricing: AWD approx $43,500 FWD about $41,500 (MSRP $57,000) Turning radius: 38.7 ft. (FWD); 40 ft. (AWD) Wheelbase: 120.5 in. Ground clearance: 6 in. Front/rear seat headroom: 37.8 in. Rear seat legroom: 40.4 in. Cargo capacity: 13.5 cu. ft. Fuel tank capacity: 14.5 gallons Website:

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