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Have you driven a Volvo recently? I have been massively impressed with every single model the brand has launched in recent years. The Chinese owned company still maintains its unique Swedish twist, while rocketing towards an all-electric future faster than many. Australia’s electric car future may seem distant, however I assure you things will pick up pace much quicker than you’d think possible. If we continue the drag the chain then we may need to revive Cobb and Co.

Based on the latest round of sales data released by VFACT’s, Volvo has delivered just shy of 8000 vehicles in 2021. In October last year sales stood on the cusp of 6000, back in 2020 total annual sales sat at 7700.

The Volvo SUV range is excellent, so it comes as no surprise that the XC60 ranked fourth in the luxury medium SUV segment. Not bad considering the usual German contenders seem to achieve the top 3 by default. However, Volvo is quick to point out that its year to date sales are up 32.3 per cent compared to last year, the highest among the luxury contenders.

Speaking of EV’s the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric generated some decent results. Volvo Car Australia Managing Director, Stephen Connor said, “There is no doubt Australians are embracing electric cars in increasing numbers. In September our XC40 Recharge Pure Electric made up 21% of our overall sales. Our forward order book for Recharge heading into next year is very strong.

“Our entire 2021 allocation of XC40 Recharge Pure Electric sold out on pre- order, and the orders for the Pure Electric are fast approaching that for our internal combustion engine cars,”

“As global supply chains recover during 2022, we are confident of our continued growth with a further high double-digit growth driven by our all- electric strategy.

“This is in line with our electrification strategy of introducing only all-electric models that complement our soon to be phased out line-up of mild-hybrid or plug-in hybrid cars as Volvo takes the lead in embracing a cleaner mobility.

“It underlines our commitment to reduce the environmental impact of our products, and to improve air quality in our cities. Most of all, it shows that we listen to our customers and their needs.

“Volvo’s consistent double-digit growth in 2021 reinforces our standing as one of the fastest growing luxury car brands in Australia.”

I’ll have news on the first all-electric Volvo offered locally soon, thanks to an extended stay right here at Bowen’s Garage!