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Volvo unveils first Polestar model, part of green auto push in China

21 October 2017, 12:14 | Gerardo Harmon

Volvo unveils first Polestar model, part of green auto push in China

Volvo unveils first Polestar model, part of green auto push in China

The now standalone brand will launch its first product, the Polestar 1, into the market in mid-2019 but the big news is that it will be closely followed by a compact EV named Polestar 2 in the same year. It's available for pre-order now and slated to "roll off the production line in mid-2019", Volvo said. It was later taken over by Volvo Cars to make performance road cars for the company.

Volvo fans shouldn't be too bummed by Polestar's transition to a standalone brand.

With a range of up to 93 miles on electric power only, the Polestar 1 will offer the best full-electric range of any hybrid auto on the market, Ingenlath said.

In other words, Polestar might not officially be offering the 1 for sale in a traditional sense, but it's not shutting the door on the idea either. Polestar will offer its vehicles via two- to three-year subscriptions.

Polestar 1 is based on Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) but approximately 50% is new and bespoke, created by Polestar's engineers. While the Polestar 1 won't likely be the sleekest, most attractive GT on the highway at any given moment, we think Polestar has done a good job of working Volvo's most stylish, modern design cues into a smaller, sportier package, creating a handsome performance flagship. Weight is distributed within a 48:52 front-rear ratio. It also debuts the use of carbon-fibre on major body parts for the first time on a vehicle of Volvo Group. For more performance the vehicle is equipped with two-liter four-cylinder petrol engine. It also gets a new torque vectoring system that sends the required power to wheels on either side instead of braking the inner wheel while cornering.

The Polestar 2, meanwhile, is expected to go into production in late 2019.

Polestar's radical all-electric approach will be matched by an equally radical method of selling its cars. The costs will include insurance and maintenance. This concierge service ensures that the customer only needs to focus on the enjoyment of driving.

Polestar cars will be sold "100 percent online", though the brand plans to open Polestar Spaces around the world so people can check out the vehicles in person. They will not be housed in existing Volvo dealerships.

Polestar is now building a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Chengdu, China, part of a US$750 million investment from Volvo and Geely Holding.

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