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Polestar 1: The S90 Coupe Volvo Won't Build

Polestar 1: The S90 Coupe Volvo Won't Build

It will be a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, with two electric motors driving the rear wheels and a Volvo 2.0-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels.

The Swedish auto firm Volvo and its Chinese parent company Geely have unveiled a bold attempt to get a head start in the electric vehicles manufacturing race with the launch of a new mass market hybrid electric sports auto.

The Polestar 1, shown Tuesday at an event in Shanghai, will go on sale in mid-2019 as a limited production sports coupe that will be the first of three new cars dedicated to Volvo's new performance division. The middle section of the taillights is also more pronounced on the Polestar 1, while the bumper and diffuser look a bit more practical, if you will.

With the creation of Polestar as a standalone brand - it has been linked with Volvo motor racing and performance cars for more than 20 years - the company is also pioneering a new way of auto ownership where its vehicles will be ordered 100 per cent online and offered on a two or three year subscription basis.

Polestar will use an internet-based sales system with a monthly subscription fee, Ingenlath said.

Since 1996, Polestar has been the name of Volvo's performance arm, like Mercedes-Benz's AMG, but the Swedish automaker is now spinning Polestar off into its own cutting-edge-technology electric performance brand with its own line of vehicles.

The Polestar 1 will be followed in short order by two more models, to be named as (wait for it...) the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3.

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Order books for the Polestar 1 are now open.

Volvo is transforming its performance sub-brand, Polestar, into an electric vehicle manufacturer, and has outlined its plan to bring three vehicles to market early in the next decade. Other tricks include torque vectoring thanks to a double-electric rear axle.

Recently, Volvo India rolled out the first locally assembled XC90! Where on the Coupe Concept the upper edges of the taillights were angled one way and met the actual opening of the trunk, on the Polestar 1 they're angled the exact opposite way and don't reach as high up. Unlike its Volvo siblings, however, the Polestar 1 uses carbon fiber for "a majority" of its body panels.

Polestar plans to build 500 coupes a year.

Volvo, owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding [GEELY.UL], bought Polestar in 2015 and relaunched the brand as a stand-alone electric auto business in June this year.

All of Polestar's future models will have a fully electric powertrain, and the Polestar 2 production will start in late-2019. The Polestar 3, a larger, fully-electric SUV will complete the lineup at a later date.

"Our vision is that the Polestar subscription model and services that we will offer will define the Polestar brand as much as our cars will".


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