Luxury Coach & Transportation

October 2018

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24 LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION OCTOBER 2018 WWW.LCTMAG.COM NEW VEHICLES if you're not using navigation, the camera alerts show up on the center console screen." • As a complement to the back-up camera, a cross trac alert lets a driver know if vehicles are moving down a park- ing aisle while backing out. •is helps in situations where the client has the window shades up in a parking garage or at night, thereby diminishing the driver's view. "If you have to back out a bit blinded, the car uses the same Blind Spot Information sensors to beam radar down the parking lot to make sure no cars are in your path. If so, an audible alert will sound and display an image on the dashboard to show which side the moving vehicle is coming from." • Volvo o ers the Volvo OnCall app via a complimentary four-year subscription that allows a driver to remotely lock, unlock, and start the vehicle from a smartphone, check di- agnostic information such as fuel levels and service records, and adjust climate control. •is is a big plus for chau eurs who are waiting or heading out of baggage claim areas with clients. [•e vehicle cannot start unless it's locked, and it will only unlock once it detects a remote key in the immedi- ate vicinity]. "As soon as you grab the door handle with the key on you, the car unlocks for you. •e car will not start unless it is locked." As an added bonus, "If the chau eur's hands are full, he can wave a foot under the rear bumper sensors to unlock and raise the trunk lid," Alexander added. • For entertainment-oriented amenities, the S90 has Wi-Fi w/ hotspot capability, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto. "If the chau eur has a livery app on their phone designed for Apple CarPlay, they could operate it through the main screen in the center stack," Alexander said. "You can even download Skype for Business apps in the car itself." — up" the driver. If a driver remains unconscious and/or trac stops, the vehicle can either stop itself or reduce the severity of an impact by slowing down as much as possible. Also, sensors looking backwards can prepare passengers in the S90 by retracting seatbelts in the event a rear end colli- sion will happen. • •e onboard technology in the S90 also enables alerts to drivers about the presence of trac cameras in their paths. "It saves someone a ticket or trac Žne," Morris said. "Locations are programmed into the navigation map. Even Now that the S90 has served in luxury transportation fleets nationwide for more than 18 months, experienced operators can speak with some firsthand authority on how it handles real-life 24/7 luxury service. Tom Miller, president of Regency Global Transportation in Pittsburgh, Penn., so far is getting favorable comments from clients and chauffeurs about the two AWD S90 sedans he bought in early August. Like other purchasers, he noticed the Volvo sedan for the first time at an LCT event. "When I saw the Volvo, I wasn't familiar with it because I had never owned or driven one, but I was impressed with the interior size and all the safety features Volvo is known for," Miller told LCT. The Volvo is similarly equipped compared to other foreign luxury sedans, he noted, but has a lower cost to operate. "The price point is competitive with any product on the market. When you factor in the safety features and interior room, it appears to be a very solid car for our niche." It looks good, rides comfortable, and performs, Miller said. "We'll see how it does over the long run with mileage and maintenance as we transition to new sedans over the next 12-18 months." In addition to the S550, Regency runs the Mercedes- Benz E250 and E350, the Chrysler 300, and the Lincoln Continental as part of its 40+ luxury fleet spanning sedans to minibuses. "We put some S550 clients into the Volvo and they are very favorably impressed," he added. "I think they are very stylish cars. We've had more than one person on the street ask us what that car is. It has clean lines and is eye catching." Grace Limousine in Manchester, N.H., has run two of its four Volvo S90 sedans past the 60,000 mile mark. "Driver feedback has been excellent overall," said Geoff Campbell, fleet manager. "Almost all comment on what a comfortable ride it is and how pleasant from both the chauffeur and client perspectives. Some say there seems to be more legroom when you need to put a client behind the driver, when compared to a Continental. The trunk room is slightly less than a Continental, but seems to be more than adequate for two clients and good for three if they aren't packing large pieces of luggage." Campbell observed the model performs strong on the road with solid mechanics. Its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine gets higher mileage than comparable vehicles, at around 28 mpg. The only mechanical issues have been a battery and two front sensors that were replaced under warranty, and having to install new brake pads before 60,000 miles, which are more expensive on the aftermarket than pads for comparable vehicles. He praised the 10,000- mile oil change intervals and the S90's self-contained transmission system that does not require fluid flushing. "The vast majority of our mileage is highway, which results in less wear on a lot of components," Campbell said. "So far it seems to be a quality product." ABOVE: Regency Global Transportation President Tom Miller. VOLVO S90 SAFETY & TECHNOLOGY FEATURES • Volvo OnCall with engine remote start 4-year complimentary subscription • Pilot assist: Semi-autonomous drive system w/adaptive cruise control • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) & cross tra-c alert • Run-o‚ road mitigation and protection • Lane keeping aid • Oncoming mitigation by braking • Driver alert control • Road sign information • Automatic braking after collision • Collision avoidance by City Safety: > Low and high speed collision mitigation > Pedestrian, cyclist, and large animal detection (day/night) • Front, side, and curtain airbags w/ driver side knee airbag • Electronic stability control • Sensus navigation • Volvo Sensus Connect w/ 9-in. touchscreen • 12.3-in. digital driver display • High performance audio w/ 10 spks, 330w, 2 USB ports • SiriusXM satellite radio w/ 3-mo. subscription • Smartphone integration and USB hub (Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto) RESULTS ARE IN FROM ROAD TESTS & TRYOUTS

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