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The future is green, says Volvo

The future is green, says Volvo
Beautiful ceremony honours plug-in hybrid

On Sunday, March 1, South Africa’s elite attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Series Invitational held at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl. The chic event also presented an opportunity to celebrate the fourth birthday of the arrival of the luxurious Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in South Africa.

The Veuve Clicquot Polo Series Invitational was hosted by the glamorous Nomzamo Mbatha and attended by celebrities, business figures, socialites and some of the country’s best polo players. Guests enjoyed Veuve Clicquot on tap and danced to music by Shekinah.

Luxury Swedish car brand and Val de Vie’s official vehicle partner, Volvo entertained guests with unique light installation aimed to encourage guests to “take the first step” towards making the planet more sustainable.

Toward the end of the afternoon, the company invited guests to contemplate the importance of green initiatives with them by means of a beautifully crafted ceremony.

Prominent Cape Town-based ballerina, Katherine Anderson, was seen dancing through the assembled guests, inviting all to exit onto the splendid patio. There, to the accompaniment of music specially crafted around a recording of Volvo’s eco-inspired pledges, celebrity TV personalities and Volvo brand ambassadors Jessica Nkosi and Thapelo Mokoena arrived chauffeured by two silent Volvo XC90 T8s driving in pure electric mode.

“In Sweden, there is a tradition that is enacted every afternoon where friends and loved ones join over something small to eat,” says Volvo’s head of marketing and communications, Charmagne Mavudzi. “It is a moment of self-reflection and connection. The Swedes call this special time fika.”

Still practised at Volvo’s headquarters in Sweden daily, guests were honoured to be led through their own fika moment. While enjoying spekboom-infused cinnamon buns created by SA’s own celebrity chef Rueben Riffel, guests were called to contemplate their roles in humanity’s new green challenge.

“There is no question that the environment in which we live is demanding a change from us,” notes Mavudzi. “How, in the presence of friends new and old, are we as individuals to participate in this process?”

Sporting an emissions output of only 49 g/km, a pure-electric range of up to 44km and having been voted 2019’s Best Electrified Seven-Seater at the Driving Electric Awards, the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine PHEV is tangible proof of Volvo’s go-green message. “This message is being welcomed with open arms, both locally and across the world, by eco-aware motorists,” concludes Mavudzi.( Ref:https://motorpress.co.za/articles/!/the-future-is-green-says-volvo-2https://motorpress.co.za/articles/!/the-future-is-green-says-volvo-2)

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New cars coming to South Africa in 2020

New cars coming to South Africa in 2020

This year, you can expect even more incredible vehicle releases than last year. Here is a list of new vehicle models, face-lifts and variants coming out in 2020. Germany seems to be leading the way with Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW all releasing new vehicles this year. Here are some of the releases you can look forward to in 2020:

Golf 8

You can expect to see the Golf 8 in the fourth quarter of 2020 and its teched out! Its interior emphasises the ease and style of intuitive operation. The sporty and powerful Golf 8 is the first derivative introduced in South Africa and is expected to be sold with DSG transmission.

Renault Clio

The all-new Clio 5 has an E-Tech hybrid engine and arrives in South Africa in April 2020.

Toyota Corolla

Compared to previous models, the new Corolla sedan is the most stylish. It’s also a best-seller in the South African market. The Quest is also making headlines thanks to providing drivers and passengers with a comfortable, practical and stylish driving experience.

The Toyota Corolla Quest is expected in the first quarter, while the Toyota Corolla Sedan is expected in Q2.

Mini Cooper SE

The MINI Cooper SE is an all-electric version of the iconic Cooper and will reach South Africa in the second quarter of 2020. Despite its lower than average driving range compared to other electric cars, it still packs a punch and is luxuriously comfortable.

Jaguar Land Rover

The new Land Rover Defender will arrive in South Africa in the second quarter of 2020. The new Defender will come with greater capabilities than any other Land Rover before it.

Porsche Taycan

The Taycan is an all-electric car expected to arrive in South Africa in the second half of 2020. It was named by combining two Turkish terms that roughly translate to “soul of a spirited young horse.”

GLS Maybach

The Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC, according to Mercedes-Benz, will showcase an all new level of SUV luxury in its segment.

“It extends the portfolio of the Mercedes-Maybach brand by combining the body design and technical basis of the GLS with the luxury of a top-class saloon car.”

Audi e-tron

The Audi e-tron, a battery-powered crossover, will also be releases in the fourth quarter of 2020. This fully-electric, mid-size luxury crossover SUV was released as a concept car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor show.

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