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Volvo XC90, #1 Winter Warrior, Volvo XC60 #2

Brace yourself– this week’s temperature drop was just a snippet of what this winter has got in store for us. With temperatures that low, snow blanketed streets are inevitable, so if there’s anything that belongs under the tree next week, it’s the keys to Forbes #1 winter warrior- the Volvo XC90.

While opting for the comfort of blanket forts and hot cocoa is the safest bet, if you have to maneuver the snow covered streets of Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC you’ll feel more secure behind the wheel of the XC90.

With all-wheel-drive options, and a 9.4 inch ground clearance, getting stuck in the snow will only be an excuse to make up for that last minute breakfast run before work. Created with boron steel, run off road mitigation, and the look and feel of sophisticated luxury, the XC90 is the finest and safest way to travel this winter.

Following suit, Volvo’s XC60 is #2 on Forbes Winter Warriors– it’s clear that if you want to tread safely this winter, you can’t go wrong in a Volvo.

Check out our inventory of XC90’s below.




It’s Electrifying!

Volvo is always striving to be at the forefront. While they are already known for their giant leaps in safety, they’re looking to be leaders in quite a few different aspects. 2025’s focus? Electrified vehicles– one-million of them.

In its 2015 Sustainability Report, Volvo has outlined its goals to have one-million electrified cars by 2025 (alongside its goal to: impose climate neutral operations by 2025, move forward to zero deaths and serious injury in a Volvo by 2020, have 35% of its leading positions held by women by 2020, and to work with international partners to advocate sustainability). Among the one-million electrified cars, they are pledging to have a fully electric vehicle by 2019 (not too long from now).

In efforts to fulfill the one-million electrified vehicles, Volvo is looking to offer two hybrid versions of each model, and has been working on the readying process for the past five years with two newly developed vehicle architectures (Scalable Product Architecture and Compact Modular Architecture) that can integrate hybrid or electric car technology.

“The new commitment has been christened ‘omtanke’, which is a Swedish word that means ‘consideration’ or ‘caring’.”

Volvo’s commitment to sustainability reaches beyond the wheel, and into our everyday lives– they are working to reduce the negative impact of the business to bring positive change from improved environmental impact and social growth as a company, and within society.

Volvo currently offers the XC90 T8, which is the plug-in hybrid version of the award-winning luxurious 2016 XC90.

Check out our inventory of XC90’s below.

Source: Volvo Cars Announces New Target of 1 Million Electrified Cars Sold by 2025

Hybrid Showdown: Volvo vs. BMW

Put head to head, Volvo outranked the BMW over and over…and over again. Sorry BMW, drivers don’t have the time for “inconsistent” and “strained.” In a slowly growing niche of vehicles, the Hybrid SUV, the XC90 T8 is proving to be the best of the best.

The look and feel of the XC90 T8 alone leaves the BMW X6 40e in the shadows. But what happens when you put them to the test? The XC90 stands its ground.

Pushing 300 bhp, (over the BMW’s 242bhp) we question its ability to stand up to its real hybrid appeal. The XC90 is the economical choice for you wallet, time, and mother nature.

As a DMV commuter, traffic has become a part of and sometimes dictates, our everyday lives. Crucial in our commuter-centric world, the XC90 bested the BMW’s 34.9mpg by almost 10 miles per gallon. And even after the battery has taken a toll, and is well depleted the Volvo still goes farther (with a more responsive powerful feel) than its German counterpart. Not to mention, after the battery, the Volvo is running in the 30’s while BMW is falls just below. (You see the pattern here?)

“The XC90 is, quite plainly, the more appealing product.”

What about space? Volvo has managed to finesse the on board drive battery in a way that allows to keep its seven passenger space, while the BMW only has room for five.

And If none of that was at all convincing, consider this– with the XC90 in your driveway you can sleep soundly knowing that its CO2 emissions falls significantly below the BMW’s 78g/km of CO2.


Here’s how the two stack up:

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THE 2016 BMW X5 eDrive
MSRP: $62,100
Engine 4 Cylinder Turbocharged + Electric Motor
Battery 9kWh lithium-ion
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Body Style Standard Sport Utility Vehicle
Fuel Economy 83 MPG (combined)
CO2 Emissions 78g/km
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic
THE 2016 Volvo XC90 T8
MSRP: $68,100
Engine 4 Cyclinder Turbo/Supercharged + Electric Motor
Battery 9kWh lithium-ion
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 7
Body Style Standard Sport Utility Vehicle
Fuel Economy 134.5 MPG (combined)
CO2 Emissions 49g/km
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic

Don Beyer Volvo has the Largest XC90 inventory in-stock in the Mid-Atlantic. Select yours today.

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Volvo—Always Ahead of the Pack

Volvo nabs the title once more.
The season opening of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Race of France starts with Volvo rolling out the safest of the safe. Volvo’s very own V60 Polestar has been named the World’s Safest WTCC Safety Car (Safe-ity safe, safe).

The WTCC had welcomed Volvo Polestar as a manufacturer back in October 2015,  but the welcome is now an official partnership as the WTCC Official Safety Car.
What’s so special?
Equipped with a roll cage, rescue  and communication technology, and additional safety equipment, the V60 Polestar safety car will be manned by a driver and observer as the WTCC Safety Car, setting the pace on the racetrack during cautionary periods (racetrack obstructions, poor weather conditions, etc…). Volvo fans and motorsport viewers alike, can now watch the award winning Polestar in action in races all over.

The Volvo Polestar models give you the power, speed, and precision behind the wheel, without sacrificing the safety and peace of mind when driving a Volvo (alone or with the whole family strapped in).

Don Beyer Volvo Falls Church is your exclusive Polestar dealer in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. See our Polestar inventory here.

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It’s a Miracle! Volvo Building Factory in South Carolina


While the Pope was busy blessing New Yorker’s last Friday, the United States and Don Beyer Volvo were blessed with the groundbreaking of Volvo’s new factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, located about 30 miles from Charleston.

It was nearly 40 years ago when Volvo first pondered the idea of a U.S. factory. At the time, it was slated to be built in Chesapeake, VA (much closer to Northern Virginia and Don Beyer Volvo).  Due to a myriad of factors Volvo decided to build a truck plant in South Carolina instead. Now, after all these years, we will see a U.S. built Volvo S60 roll off the assembly line in 2018.

“I cannot think of a more interesting time in Volvo’s history. We made it happen in Europe, we made it happen in Asia and we’re going to make it happen here.” -Katarina Fjording

The new factory will provide much needed  jobs in South Carolina where the unemployment rate is one of the worst in the country. It also will give us quicker access to Volvo’s groundbreaking new products that are proving to be not only the safest cars ever built, but some of the most fuel efficient and climate friendly cars, too!

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Sources: Post & Courier & WSO CTV

2016 XC90 Worthy of Thor’s Hammer — We Think So Too

All_New_XC90_Exterior_3As if there isn’t enough to love about Volvo’s XC90—fully equipped with its top of the line safety and convenience features, the XC90 exists as the real world embodiment of Volvo’s commitment to safety. So much so that Volvo has even gone as far as to vow zero deaths (and other serious injuries) by the year 2020—only five years from now.

Dan Neil highlighted the luxury SUV in his “Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription: A Luxury SUV Worthy of Thor’s Hammer,” published in The Wall Street Journal, detailing its automatic braking, safety and comfort conscious seat design, and ample space. Put up against the XC90, BMW X5’s 66 cubic feet of cargo space fizzles under the XC90’s 85 and the minimal space others provide don’t even seem worth mentioning (move over Range Rover, Jeep, and Mercedes).

Even the most critical car snobs fanned over the brilliance of this automotive dream, and thousands have taken their word for it. Folks are lining up around the corner to get behind the wheel—over 57,000 orders and counting across the globe. With a Don Beyer Volvo in Alexandria, Dulles, Falls Church, and Winchester getting an XC90 has never been easier.

Check out what else Neil has to say about the luxury SUV here.

Spotlight on Volvo’s Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance

Keeping your car running like new can be costly. You have to consider dealership maintenance, service station fixes and body shop repair—all of these average up to over $3,000 a year!

At Don Beyer Volvo, we’re committed to having your Volvo running like new for as long as possible, at no cost to you.  All 2015.5 and 2015 model year Volvos, sold new and registered in the US by an authorized Volvo retailer, will include Volvo’s Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance .

The Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance covers your first three services;  every 10,000 miles  for 36,000 miles or up to three years,  at no charge. Imagine the savings!

Want more of the Volvo quality care? You can add additional maintenance coverage with Volvo Optional Factory Scheduled Maintenance Upgrade Programs, available for all model year 2008-2015.5 vehicles.

This additional program offers up to 100,000 miles of coverage!

Where will you find your New Volvo?
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Sources:  “How much do auto repairs cost in the long run?” ; Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance

This Just In…Volvo Cars Buys 100% Of Polestar

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Volvo Cars has acquired Polestar, the Swedish high performance car company, including the Polestar brand. Polestar will now be used as the model name for special high performance Volvos.

What is Polestar?

Think of it like this: Polestar is to Volvo what M class is to BMW. Polestar has a long standing partnership with Volvo. Since its inception in 1996, Polestar has used Volvo cars as the primary brand for their racing vehicles. With several championships under their belts, Volvo has continued being Polestars number one racing choice. Beyond its racing team, Polestar has been essential in the optimization of Volvo engines, and development of its limited edition performance models and prototypes.

Where can I get Polestar?

Don Beyer Volvo Falls Church is the only Polestar dealer in the region.

Polestar will also in future utilize Volvo’s twin engine electrification technology to develop next generation performance cars.

Volvo is the largest manufacturer of plug in hybrid cars in Europe and leader in advanced vehicle electrification technology. Volvo currently develops and manufactures some of the most powerful, most environmentally-friendly hybrid engines in the automotive industry.

Volvo and Polestar share a long history. They have been working in motor sport since 1996 and in recent years signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop Polestar versions of Volvo cars that combine a comfortable Volvo driving experience with a very high level of power and handling.

“Driving a Volvo Polestar is a special experience. We have decided to bring this experience to more Volvo drivers, placing the full resources of Volvo behind the development of Polestar as the model name for our high performance cars,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

In 2015, Volvo expects to sell 750 Polestar versions of the V60 wagon and S60 sedan globally. Polestar sales are forecast to increase to between 1,000 and 1,500 cars a year in the medium term under Volvo’s ownership.

The Polestar brand is already firmly established internationally through the sale of Polestar-branded Volvos. Volvo will also benefit from the sale of aftermarket Polestar performance optimization kits for existing Volvos.

No financial details of the deal have been disclosed. Existing Polestar Performance employees will become Volvo employees.

The Polestar racing team will remain under the control of Christian Dahl, the former owner of Polestar, and will be renamed. The Polestar brand will continue to work alongside Christian Dahl.

“We are extremely satisfied with the way the performance business with Volvo has developed. But we are a racing team first and foremost. This is an opportunity to return our full attention to our core business – to develop and race Volvo cars,” said Christian Dahl.

Click here to learn more about Polestar


Meet George Jetson, His Boy Elroy…


Volvo Cars redefines luxury yet again as it designs the ultimate family car, designed around the best example of human innovation there is, a child.

56 years ago, Volvo Car’s,  Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point safety belt, literally changing the world and driving safety standards for drivers of every make and model on the road. Will Volvo change the rules of the road for parents worldwide next?

“We started by asking ourselves if we could make life easier for parents and safer for their children when it comes to the child seat experience,”- Tisha Johnson, Chief Designer of Interiors at Volvo Cars Concept and Monitoring Centre.

“Firework of ideas and new possibilities”

Don Beyer Volvo couldn’t agree more with Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design Volvo Car Group. The possibilities are endless in having the ability to customize the vital space available next to the driver. Volvo’s XC90 Excellence Lounge Console which debuted this Spring at the Shanghai Auto Show replaces the front passenger seat, presenting endlessly innovative methods of utilizing the newly restored space.

The theory behind the lounge console concept is to provide room for consumers to customize their vehicle to embody their lifestyle by providing extended aspects of storage and comfort in the security of your most frequently used items. The Lounge Console concept derives from ethnographic research conducted by Volvo Cars in an effort to truly relate and respond to the unmet and unexpressed needs of consumers with high-profile lifestyles. Since 1927, the Swedish manufacturer’s heritage has revolved around three core values of safety, quality and environment. The manufacturers dedication to progression of driving experience continues on at an accelerated pace.

“To be the world’s most progressive and desired premium car brand. And we believe our global success will be driven by making life less complicated for people, while strengthening our commitment to safety, quality and the environment.”

A Press Release from Volvo Cars Global Newsroom released earlier this month, confirms our suspicions that Volvo is taking human innovation to an entirely level.

Following the Shanghai Auto Show, Volvo Cars owner, Li Shufu reviewed the XC90 Excellence Lounge Console and enlisted the Volvo design team to determine the best use of space for such a location for consumers.

How would the Jetson family store their precious cargo?

Volvo’s Excellence Child Seat Concept.

Volvo’s research pays off for parents. As Volvo Cars stated, due to the lack of muscular strength in the necks of small children and the disproportionate head size in relation to their bodies, vehicle seating for small children calls for special structure and requires children to be rearward facing for as long as possible up to the age of 3 or 4. The Excellence Child Safety Seat ConceptThis concept will result in a parent or caregiver being able to maintain eye contact with their child from the rear seat and having the ability to even keep a bottle warm during transportation in Volvo’s warming cup holders. Volvo further acknowledges the day’s in’s and out’s for parents traveling and how a vehicle concept of this nature can instantly provide you with something you cannot purchase, more time. Time to actually spend and focus on your child, literally all from the seat of your Volvo.  Volvo’s dedicated attention to detail is illuminated through the Excellence Child Seat Concept, agreeing with parents around the world that more often than not, your precious cargo comes with baggage of their own.

Essentials for most small children often greatly exceed the amount of personal items needed by a parent themselves. Volvo is one step ahead of parents with their concept, providing parents with further space optimization in addition to the child swivel seat with space for your child’s “accessories”. Having storage in a vehicle designed for parents to customize towards their lifestyles leads Volvo to creating extra nooks and crannies for that extra baggage of diapers, blankets, and even leaving enough room for a tote (or diaper) bag under the dashboard. Tisha Johnson, Chief Designer Interiors for Volvo Cars Concept and Monitoring Centre elaborated further on the Volvo’s design direction saying,

“We have been investigating the nature of progressive luxury for some time and we see a direct connection between luxury and emotional wellbeing. So we have taken the next step in redefining how the interior of a car can be used to suit our customers’ needs. We have always placed a great deal of importance on child safety, but this takes things to the next level,” concluded Tisha Johnson.

Parents around the world rejoice, Volvo is listening and responding with the next level of vehicle luxuries.

We think the Jetson family, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy and Jane, his wife, would purchase a Volvo.

What’s next from Volvo Cars you ask? Subscribe and stay tuned as Volvo Cars redefines the driving experience never compromising elegance and style. Or accelerate your driving experience today with Don Beyer Volvo’s Sign & Drive event!

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Cross Sides and Save Money

July 7th, 2015

Did you know…

that on this date in 1780, Major general Benedict Arnold communicated in secret to British General Sir Henry Clinton  that his appointment to the command of West Point was assured and that he might even provide a “drawing of the works … by which you might take [West Point] without loss”.  This plot to turn over the fortified site to the British was eventually revealed in time and showed Benedict Arnold to be…a Benedict Arnold.


As we Americans celebrate our independence this month, please feel free to cross sides and profit!  You can get an additional $2,000 off of our low ClearPrice on any new Volvo S60* in-stock if you currently own an Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes, Ford, Honda, Mercury, Nissan, Saab, Subaru, Toyota, or Volkswagen!  Come in and see what you are missing by not driving a Volvo S60, where efficiency and luxury combine in a Swedish package.  As with any offer, conditions apply but you can ask your Don Beyer Volvo Sales Consultant for details.  In Don we trust.


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