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Volvo Brings Safety Pitch To California Operators

Martin Romjue
Posted on May 20, 2019
A 2019 Volvo S90 T5 on display at the Greater California Livery Association meeting at The Proud Bird in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (LCT photos)

A 2019 Volvo S90 T5 on display at the Greater California Livery Association meeting at The Proud Bird in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (LCT photos)

LOS ANGELES — With the tailwinds of strong industry sales, Volvo recently underscored its safety and fuel advantages on the S90 T5 extended wheelbase sedan for luxury ground transportation operators.

“The real thing to offer customers is if you are in an accident, you can save their life,” John Kendig, a fleet account manager for Volvo, told a gathering of the Greater California Livery Association on May 14.

Kendig relayed an anecdote from his youth about how he and a friend survived a multiple rollover in a Volvo 144 sedan (made 1966-1974) while heading back from a rock concert. He credits Volvo’s safety-structure and features for enabling him to emerge mostly unscathed from the accident.

Volvo fleet account manager John Kendig spoke about the S90's safety and fuel efficiency before an audience of California operators.

Volvo fleet account manager John Kendig spoke about the S90's safety and fuel efficiency before an audience of California operators.

As operators contend with the growth of transportation network companies (TNCs), safety is one attribute that helps them stay competitive and one-up the TNCs.  

The S90 T5, available in AWD and FWD versions, comes equipped with every possible safety feature, including driver assist, Kendig said. Volvo even invented the three-point seatbelt, he added.

Another industry-friendly feature on the Volvo is its fuel economy, since the carmaker uses a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. It gets fuel economy of 35 mpg highway/27 combined highway-city. "The vehicle operates at a much lower cost," he said.

Volvo is offering special livery pricing at $43,418 for the AWD version instead of MSRP of $56,385, and $41,363 for the FWD version instead of MSRP of $53,135. Operators interested in the livery purchases or special volume discounts should contact Kendig at (770) 329-8363 or [email protected] As of May 14, Volvo had 135 sedans available at a California port. Kendig The S90 is manufactured in China.

The Volvo S90 luxury sedan will come in an AWD version only for the 2020 model year.

The Volvo S90 luxury sedan will come in an AWD version only for the 2020 model year.

Kendig reported strong sales since the automaker exhibited the sedan at the International LCT Show, March 24-27, in Las Vegas. Among big name luxury ground transportation companies using the Volvo S90 in their fleets are Northpoint Transportation in Atlanta, Go Riteway Transportation in Milwaukee, Wis., and Gem Limousine in Woodbridge, N.J.

Volvo offers a 3-year/100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and a 3-year/150,000 mile power train warranty on the S90, along with free maintenance up to 30,000 miles.

For the 2020 model year, Volvo plans to offer the AWD version only.

For more details about the S90, check out these previous articles in LCT Magazine:

Related Topics: California operators, foreign vehicle brands, fuel costs, fuel efficiency, Greater California Livery Association, new vehicles, passenger safety, premium luxury sedans, vehicle sales, vehicle technology, Volvo, Volvo S90

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