Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo Cars, has reached the milestone of one hundred thousand powertrain optimisations for Volvo cars around the globe since its introduction. The milestone has been reached just as optimisation sales hit an all-time high in the first five months of 2017 with more than 12 000 cars optimised – a growth of over 30 per cent compared to 2016.
High demand on the latest generation of Polestar optimisations for the Volvo Cars Drive-E powertrains is a key factor to the increase, with the all-new Volvo XC60 set to be included in the optimisation range from July.
“This is an important milestone for Polestar and proof of the increasing demand from performance-oriented Volvo customers around the world,” says Johan Lindqvist, Head of Global Sales at Polestar. “We are well on our way to our best year in terms of sales and we have further exciting products just around the corner.”
The most popular Volvo model for optimisation is the XC60, closely followed by the XC90 and V60, with China, Sweden and the United States as the top three markets in terms of sales volumes.
The latest generation Polestar optimisation affects five key areas of the powertrain in standard Volvo road cars, including engine performance, throttle response, gearshift speed, gear hold functionality and off-throttle response. The changes are made to increase driving pleasure and performance, based on learnings from thousands of laps on racing circuits all over the world by Cyan Racing, the motorsport partner of Polestar.
All changes effected by Polestar optimisation are made with certified emissions, fuel consumption, service intervals and Volvo warranties unchanged.