The all-new Volvo XC90 has been selected as one of only twelve finalists in the 2016 Wesbank / South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year competition.
With the sole aim of rewarding automotive excellence, the 2016 COTY Jury will put the finalists through structured testing procedures in early February 2016, before scoring each finalist against its direct class competitors on aspects that include:
- Value for Money
- Safety & Technology
- Overall Excellence
- Interior Design & Practicality
- Handling & Dynamics
- Exterior Aesthetics and
The 2016 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year will be announced at a black tie event on 8 March 2016.
Volvo XC90 on a Winning Streak
Since its initial reveal in August 2014, and subsequent arrival in South Africa in July this year, the all-new the Volvo XC90 has been the recipient of many high profile awards. This luxury Swedish SUV has taken the motoring world by storm and received worldwide recognition for its innovative approach to design, both interior and exterior and its ground-breaking approach to in-car control systems and connectivity features with its Sensus technology.
Two of the Volvo XC90’s most recent accolades are a Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS as well as five star rating in Euro NCAP:
All-new Volvo XC90 sets new standards with Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS
Volvo’s XC90 received a full score in all tests (crashworthiness and front crash prevention), excelling in both preventive and protective safety performance. Recently, the Swedish SUV also scored top marks in the Euro NCAP testing – further proof that the XC90 is one of the safest cars on the road today.
Volvo XC90 receives top five star rating in Euro NCAP
The all new Volvo XC90 has been awarded five stars and achieved top ratings in the 2015 Euro NCAP tests. The XC90 with standard City Safety technology stood out as the first car from any manufacturer to score full points in Euro NCAP Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests (AEB City & AEB Interurban).
“This is further proof that with the Volvo XC90 we have developed one of the safest cars in the world. In fact we scored one hundred per cent in the Safety Assist category. From an industry perspective Volvo Cars remains the leader in car safety innovation and miles ahead of the competition with our standard safety offer,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
The new Volvo XC90 scored one hundred per cent in the Safety Assist category and is also the first car to receive the maximum score in the two Autonomous Emergency Braking tests AEB City & AEB Interurban. The new XC90 also features advanced pedestrian protection functionality that independent safety regulators have yet to include in their testing protocols, demonstrating once again how the Swedish carmaker continues to dominate and innovate in the field of car safety.
“We are the first car manufacturer to surpass the criteria that Euro NCAP has applied to the AEB Interurban and City testing procedures. City Safety is one of the most advanced standard crash prevention offers you can find in a modern car. It addresses vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in certain situations, day and night,” said Martin Magnusson, Principal Engineer at Volvo Car Group.
With Volvo Cars’ long held Vision 2020 the Swedish carmaker aims to deliver cars in which no one is seriously injured or killed by the year 2020. The new Volvo XC90’s five star results in Euro NCAP’s testing is a clear indication of Volvo Cars’ continued innovation with the ultimate goal of creating cars that do not crash.