The first Polestar 1 hybrid coupe prototype has completed its first dynamic adaptation of test in the Arctic Circle.
The 592bhp machine is Volvo’s performance arm completed around two weeks of testing, with a focus on its powertrain, batteries, and the system of torque vectoring. The firm has conducted testing in the Arctic Circle to put the hybrid system under pressure at temperatures reached -28C.
Polestar boss Thomas Ingenlath, said the torque vectoring system improved the 1st corner of the reactivity and accuraty. He added: “It is a driver’s car.”
The machine, which will be exhibited at the motor show in Beijing, is available for order now, in exchange for a deposit of €2500, which is about £2221. It will be first sold in 18 countries, including Britain. Most countries fall in the north, the west and the south of Europe, but China, the united states and Canada are also included.
Polestar has chosen to increase the availability of its new model at the launch of the 12 countries in 18 years thanks to great popularity.
The car made its European debut at the Geneva motor show in February and is used for a brand-building tour of the world prior to its public launch in the middle of next year. Once productions starts, only 500 examples of the Polestar 1 are due to be sold each year.
Before the opening of order books, the company said that more than 6,000 potential customers have expressed an interest in the car. The car costs about £116 000.
According to Polestar ceo Ingenlath, who also continues as Volvo’s design director, will become Volvo’s “technological spearhead” which, after the 1 comes on the market, will have an all-electric performance cars. The company is preparing to 2020 the launch of the all-electric Polestar 2 crossover lounge, which bears a very close relationship with Ingenlath Concept of 40.2 seen in car shows. A large Polestar 3 SUV’s to happen next.
The 1 coupe, which features an all-carbon fiber based on a reduction of the S90 platform. It will produce 592bhp from a front-mounted, 2.0-liter turbo engine plus twin electric motors on the rear axle, and is very much a halo car. In Geneva, the 1 will be presented to a group of more than 100 potential customers who will then be invited to confirm their interest by sending a deposit. The car will make more European appearances — can-be, including a public driving debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed — before you leave for the usa and China, a manufacturing plant that is able to handle structures of the carbon fiber is already being built near Volvo’s existing plant in Chengdu.
The 2 (imagined by Autocar below), all steel hatchback sedan that shares of Volvo the smaller CMA platform and uses the exterior design of the Concept of 40.2 car, will enter production late next year for sale in the first months of the year 2020. It will be made in both left and right hand drive. Ingenlath will not say where the car will be built, but wishes to stress its relevance as a rival to Tesla’s Model 3. It is, of course, always be deciding on the details of its powertrain design, although the two electric motors (one front, one rear) are proposed. The car should cost from 40 000 €” and have a practical driving range of approximately 200 km.
3 (thought up by the Coach above), a radically styled, low-roof SUV that will use the next generation of Volvo’s SPA large-car platform and have a mixed aluminium and steel body construction, is understood to be heading for a 2022 launch, and is likely to be made at the factory of Chengdu. When the three models are selling as expected, Polestar volume could reach 80 000-90 000 cars per year (accounting 1 500 and 2 for about 50, 000). Ingenlath said, other models are planned in areas which would not bring enough to meet Volvo.
As well as the development of its rules of breaking new models, Polestar is working on the measure, the marketing set-up aimed at increasing the convenience for the owners and go above and beyond traditional adversarial client-vendor relationship. The cars will be paid for by a monthly “subscription” which includes insurance, maintenance and, eventually, to the customer rental days (in the case where they need a van, or want a sports car for a few days, for example). The cars will be picked up from customers ‘ homes or places of work and returned after the maintenance.
Polestar commercial director Jon Goodman expects to select approximately 80 Polestar “spaces” around the world to sell its cars, with almost eight of them in the united KINGDOM.
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