wow_car-of-the-year_880x500The all-new Volvo XC90 left the competition in its dust last week when the Swedish SUV came out tops in the Women on Wheels (WOW) Car of the Year Awards.

Thousands of votes were cast by WOW readers and, combined with the judges’ votes, the

Volvo XC90 walked away as the winner in the large SUV category as well as the coveted WOW Overall Car of the Year.

About the Volvo XC90

“We have focused on the celebration of elegance, space and wellbeing in the design of the new Volvo XC90. Every detail is thought through – from the uncluttered console and large tablet-like touchscreen interface to the handmade Orrefors crystal gear knob in our Twin Engine version. We have focused on creating a new expression of luxury simplicity and digital craftsmanship that delivers a unique and calming experience,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design.

Taking the best of Volvo’s innovative safety systems and adding to that list, the Volvo XC90 comes fully equipped with our IntelliSafe package as standard, delivering two world firsts – Run-off Road Protection, and Auto Brake at Intersections.

“We look at real-life accident statistics and study real crash scenes with our Traffic Accident Research Team. We do not develop new safety systems or features to pass tests – we develop them to save lives. This is why we can confidently aim to meet our Vision 2020 goal of having no one killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. We believe we have developed the safest SUV,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.

Featuring a complete re-imagination of traditional in-car controls, the Volvo’s XC90 driver interface is based on touch screen technology and an intuitively tiled menu system that takes the effort out of personalisation and interaction.

Volvo’s Sensus control system delivers true connectivity with a range of useful cloud-based applications and services which can be operated via the touch screen, through steering wheel controls, or via the advanced on-board voice control system.

“We have created a premium SUV with thought-through safety and convenience features, true luxurious comfort, solid and adaptable drive settings and stunning Scandinavian design. The XC90 is just the start. Within the next four years we will have replaced every car in our portfolio and the XC90 will then be the oldest car in the Volvo Cars showroom,” concluded Håkan Samuelsson.

About Women on Wheels

WOW is South Africa’s premier female motoring media outlet. The WOW website (www.womenonwheels.co.za) was taken over in January 2014 by Juliet McGuire who started her career at CAR magazine eight years ago. Readers also have access to drive-day events and the annual WOW supplement distributed with the July issues of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Good and House and Leisure.

Together with the reader vote, the judging panel for this year’s awards saw Charleen Clarke and Juliet McGuire joined by:

  • Liana Reiners – editor of Autolive;
  • Vuyi Jabavu – managing director of Driving in Heels;
  • Sukasha Singh – motoring editor at Mail & Guardian;
  • Lindsay Vine – DStv motoring channel Ignition (189);
  • Peta Lee – journalist and member of the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists since 1987
  • Janine-Lee Gordon – Wheels24 content producer
  • Kelly Lodewyks – former CAR magazine journalist (guest judge)

For more WOW:
Online: Womenonwheels.co.za

Twitter: @WomenWheels #WOWCOTY
Facebook: Facebook.com/WomenWheels

All-New Volvo XC90 Awards

Since its launch in August 2014, the Volvo XC90 has been the recipient of many high profile awards, recognising 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.

Award

Awarded By

Year

Country

Most Innovative HMI System

Car HMI Concept & Systems

2015

Germany

Best Technological Car

Mas Que Coches, TELE 5

2015

Spain

Swiss Car of the Year – Runner up

Schweizer Illustrierte

2015

Switzerland

Automotive Launch of the Year

AUTO LIDER

2015

Poland

Interior Design of the Year

Automotive Interiors Expo

2015

Germany

Best Big SUV

Auto Motor & Sport reader poll

2015

Sweden

Best Innovation, Design, Quality and Operating Comfort

Plus X Award

2015

Germany

Most Innovative car of the year

Automotive Innovations 2015

2015

Germany

Best car of the year

Auto Swiat

2015

Poland

Big SUV of the year

AUTO LIDER

2015

Poland

Car Maker of the Year

TU Automotive

2015

USA

Best Luxury Midsize SUV

U.S. News & World Report

2015

USA

Yankee Cup Technology Award

New England Motor Press Association

2015

USA

Best SUV of the year

Motor-Presse Bohemia reader poll

2015

Czech Republic

Best 4×4

Diesel Car Magazine

2015

UK

Company Car of The Year – Large SUVs

Firmenauto/DEKRA

2015

Germany

Best of the Best Product Design Award

Red Dot Awards

2015

Germany

Connected Car of the Year

01net.com

2014

France

Overall Car of the Year and large SUV of the Year

Womenonwheels.co.za

2015

South Africa