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Car subscriptions are here, but there’s no one-size-fits-all

Car subscriptions are here, but there’s no one-size-fits-all

Once upon a time in America, you went to your local auto dealership, gave them a wad of cash, and drove a car off the lot. Then came leasing, and drivers became temporary stewards of their cars in return for three year flexibility. Now, in the midst of an auto industry terrified of Millennial disinterest and general apathy, the hunt is on for the Next Big Thing in car buying. Only the way it's shaping up, you won't be buying a car at all.

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Volvo’s car subscription plan: Everything you need to know

Volvo’s car subscription plan: Everything you need to know

Care by Volvo may not be a new car, but the subscription car service is certainly one of the most interesting announcements at the LA Auto Show 2017 this week. Volvo's alternative to leasing or financing a 2019 XC40 is a recipe for simplicity: pay $600 per month, for two years, and the automaker covers everything bar the fuel. It's the most affordable car subscription we've seen so far: read on for everything you need to know.

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Care by Volvo priced for 2019 XC40 car subscriptions

Care by Volvo priced for 2019 XC40 car subscriptions

Volvo has priced up its Care by Volvo subscription scheme, offering drivers a brand new 2019 XC40 for a fixed monthly payment. The plan, announced alongside the new XC40 crossover earlier this year, folds not only use of the car itself, but insurance, maintenance and servicing, and registration into a single price. Unlike a typical lease, there's no downpayment involved.

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Uber’s massive Volvo order is a big self-driving step

Uber’s massive Volvo order is a big self-driving step

Uber's aspirations for a self-driving fleet of cars are no secret, and today the company took a big step toward realizing that dream. Uber has struck a new deal with Volvo that will see the latter produce tens of thousands of SUVs that Uber will then outfit with its autonomous driving systems. We'll see all of this happen within the new few years, too.

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We need to talk about the Polestar 1

We need to talk about the Polestar 1

Until now, Polestar has been relying on "I didn't expect a Volvo to drive like this!" to stand out in the auto industry. This week, we got to see the next act for the newly-established EV automaker. The Polestar 1 may have relatively tiny production numbers in mind - just 500 cars per year - but it stands a chance of starting some big dominos toppling.

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Polestar and Volvo will upend modern car ownership

Polestar and Volvo will upend modern car ownership

Polestar 1 may be the first exciting hybrid sports car from Volvo and Geely's EV-obsessed spin-off, but it's the prospect of shaking up the auto ownership experience that could really change the marketplace. Unveiled in China earlier this year, the Polestar 1 is a sleek performance hybrid that promises 600 horsepower from its combination of a gas engine and electric motors. However, Polestar would really rather you didn't buy it.

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This is Polestar 1: Volvo’s disruptive performance EV

This is Polestar 1: Volvo’s disruptive performance EV

You expect solid confidence with a little reserve from the Swedes, and yet the freshly-revealed Polestar 1 arrives today with some bold claims. Before you is the first vehicle from Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, and the first of three models set to launch over the next few years. Polestar 1 doesn’t go into production at the new state-of the art facility in China until mid-2019; indeed, as of right now, the plant is still under construction, with a completion date of its own in mid-2018. Still, there's enough here to get us seriously interested.

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2018 Volvo XC40 gets official as the Swedes shake up SUV ownership

2018 Volvo XC40 gets official as the Swedes shake up SUV ownership

Volvo has revealed the 2018 Volvo XC40, its smallest SUV and the first to use not only its new architecture but the company's all-new way to buy cars. The XC40 slots in beneath vehicles like well-received XC60 and XC90, but though it borrows technology and styling from them both, it's built upon an entirely new platform. That's Volvo Cars' modular vehicle architecture (CMA) that will eventually form the basis of an all-new 40 Series range, not to mention fully electric cars.

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Volvo Hungary leaks 2018 X40 SUV teaser in full

Volvo Hungary leaks 2018 X40 SUV teaser in full

The 2018 Volvo XC40 SUV was supposed to get fully unveiled on September 21. A teaser trailer has surfaced that wasn't supposed to fully reveal the SUV, but somehow Volvo Hungary managed to post up the version of that trailer that gives up all the goods on the coming SUV. The images here were grabbed from that video.

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Volvo buys valet service app Luxe to implement its tech

Volvo buys valet service app Luxe to implement its tech

Volvo has announced that it's acquired Luxe, the premium valet service app that lets users request someone to not only park their car, but also perform tasks like deliver parcels or wash and refuel the vehicle. The Swedish car company says it plans to integrate the startup's systems and technologies into Volvo's own services with a goal of providing its customers with the ultimate convenience.

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Meet the Volvo XC40, the compact luxury SUV that hasn’t forgotten safety

Meet the Volvo XC40, the compact luxury SUV that hasn’t forgotten safety

Volvo’s unexpected reinvention as one of the most thoughtful automakers in the industry has produced award-winning big SUVs and sedans. Now, it’s the turn of the premium compact SUV to get its shot of Swedish imagination. As the dad of two extremely active girls with multiple after school activities, I’m big on the idea of driving a sportier compact SUV, especially when I don’t have to sacrifice on safety and a luxurious cabin. Just because you’re buying a compact SUV, doesn’t mean that you have to settle for less, and that’s the key message Volvo wanted to share with a group of journalists at a recent event in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Volvo turns the 2018 XC60 into a solar eclipse viewer

Volvo turns the 2018 XC60 into a solar eclipse viewer

At this point everyone knows that the solar eclipse is coming next week and ahead of that people have been trying to get their hands on eclipse glasses so they can look at the phenomenon without going blind. The catch is that a bunch of the eclipse glasses that came out of China were bogus and Amazon had to recall them. Volvo is doing its part to enable at least a handful of people to view the eclipse without having to wear glasses that look like they are from 3D movies of the '80s.

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