2017 Volvo S90 FIRST DRIVE REVIEW

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friends have often said we don't buy a car we buy a story and those stories
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started our formative years we plant our butts in the back seats of our parents
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cars that they picked good better and different for me at least a portion of
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my formative years
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well that was full those and back then they were about as sexy as a bread box
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now the roles will be in their fancy technology and the whole companies that
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we imagine at least as we saw recently with their new SUV but now things are
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becoming all the more serious because they bring out a whole new car like a
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real car on a truck so let's check back in with Volvo and see how the story
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continues
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today we start out with a bit of car porn
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so you and I have spent a lot of time talking about the volvo engines as of
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late but this is our first opportunity to see one naked a bit of a recap this
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is a two liter four-cylinder direct-injected gasoline engine and it
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comes in a bit of different flavors
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the first flavor is it two liter four-cylinder direct-injected gas engine
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with a turbocharger
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so basically the turbocharger down here and that puts out 250 horsepower and 258
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pound-feet of torque which comes in at 1500 rpm stays flat all the way up to
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4400 RPM and then there's this one which is a two liter direct-injected
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four-cylinder gasoline engine but it adds a supercharger here and basically
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what that does it hands off from the supercharger up to about 3,500 rpm down
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to the turbocharger and above 3500 RPM and it changes the output so it's 360
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horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and that comes in a bit of a higher end
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speed 22 hundred rpm stays flat all we have to 5500 RPM
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then there is effectively what we have here which is a completely naked but
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bucket of bones here that gives us an additional electric motor back here and
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this is what makes the basis of the t8 now sadly we are not going to be driving
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this in today's episode we will come in a later episode we drive on an electric
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motor back here that drives the rear wheels only and that works in
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conjunction with a starter generator motor over here so that effectively rear
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wheels here provides boost to the front wheels and more efficiency
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so the question is in the t5 and t6 and is this work on the road
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yeah
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welcome to these stunning roads high above the Costa del Sol as breathtaking
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as that is we need to unpack the pulling power of this engine but we've driven
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this engine before it's really this engine in this application and what's
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really changed here is we have a vehicle that is lowered to the ground the lower
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center of gravity but also one that is later which is more important now like
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in the xc90 there are different driving modes here so we're going to start in
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the regular everyday comfort not even call it everyday use
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let's put our foot into this thing
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there's plenty of power here like yeah this is a 3860 found car and yes that is
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a four-cylinder engine but you would not feel at a loss for power especially we
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did there which was not only accelerating from almost a dead stop
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but going up a hill now let's try something different and let's take a
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step down
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go to the eco which is the blah
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celery mode things we don't get excited about but still let's put our foot into
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it see if it goes it kind of goes it doesn't hold the gears as long so it's
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the combination of the throttle mapping changes and the transmission mapping
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changes so effectively it's trying to give you better fuel economy by
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optimizing the gear but we're not here for comfort or like eco celery mode
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we're here for dynamic mode which we also call high performance
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swedish let's put our foot into this thing
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and what changes here is yes that's what I'm having changed but notice the gear
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hasn't changed
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and I don't want to meet the local constable so I'm definitely slowed down
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at this point so it really holds the gears significantly in this model like
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transforms the dynamics the car completely now that happened in the xc90
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but what happened here is this car is actually quick like almost fast because
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think about it is what over 500 pounds lighter with the same engine
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so that's why you can actually pick up and go much quicker now a couple of side
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notes hear the sound of the engine I gotta tell ya I don't want you know yeah
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it's plenty of power you don't feel like you're at a loss for power but you're at
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a loss for that like that supple sound you get like a beautiful straight six or
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even up a beautifully like a finely tuned v6
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it's just with more of a horrible experience then pulling power and then
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second dislike transmission you don't have a paddle see any of course you're
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not gonna get a manual car like this
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journal of paddles you can shift here I got to be honest this is not something
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that's like intuitive but overall I'm kind of shot of although with the front
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yeah
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so our car porn theme continues but here we need a little imagination
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so do you remember the riddle of what - vocals and Corvettes have in common
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answer being a transverse composite leaf spring but in this naked example we have
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this large electric motor from a comin PA to come back to a full episode of
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that vehicle
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well there's no room for the transverse composite least friend so what is the
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solution
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well if you ever wanted a Volvo slammed on bags well there you go
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also multimix back here in the front double wishbones and is very large
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adjustable dampers up front now separating out these two pieces notice
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there's quite a bit of distance
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really the secret going on here is pushing this bit farther forward in the
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car which would theoretically have an impact on drugs and X so how does that
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all translate out to the road
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so twisty beautiful roads overlooking a stunning like not exactly the domain of
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a full phone but still we need to unpack driving dynamics and like pulling power
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there are the different settings because this car we're driving is fitted with
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the air ride not the transverse leaf spring in the rear
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so let's go back down to eco the blah
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celery mode put our foot into it see what happens going around the corner
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here
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yeah there's definitely some lean and has actually rolls onto itself
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we're back there something we experienced in the extra money but here
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as much because the weight going to that side
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ok but now let's step up to the everyday use the comfort put our foot into it go
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around this turn here
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not as much lean definitely more control here
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i would say that that that roll onto itself in the rear is gone there's still
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a little bit lean to the side but we've got this beautiful road here so let's
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use it in dynamic load put our foot into it
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go up the hill and plenty of power but you know what
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not a huge difference between comfort and banana
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i would say that be it takes away most of the lean to the side and virtually
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all of that squat and roll onto itself in the rear
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so significantly more composed is it an AMG or a BMW M car
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no but is it like a Volvo from years past
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definitely not like it doesn't embarrass itself on these roads or even when you
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get down to like a small one lane road here you want to put your foot into it
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you have it to yourself
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it gets kind of fun of although actually fun and one that's not really small and
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not pole star yet
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now this is the point of our story were you when I need to speak some legalese
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like a bunch of fancy lawyers or at least once employed by the US government
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you see when it comes to autonomous driving there are really four to five
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levels or stages starts out with level 0 which is all the autonomy of a chia pet
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then it was up to level one which is like an electronic stability control
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system and it was up to level two which you and I have driven over the past two
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to three years and some mercedes-benz cars
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the district plus systems which means the car will drive itself for up to 15
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seconds then there's level three which is only in a Tesla and you probably
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famously saw a picture of a guy fast asleep at 75 miles an hour behind the
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wheel of a model s and basically what the car can do is it can drive long
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distances at high speeds
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unless its senses like some sort of like major traffic pattern change or some
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like major issue then will require some driver involvement
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then there's level for basically outside of cars that have google splattered all
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over them or outside of san mateo or san francisco county
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no one is doing this and that's because the lawyers and governments well they
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don't know what they don't know yet they're still trying to sort it out
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so that's all fine and good but how do we apply this whiz bang technology to
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Carswell from Sweden that can also detect a moose
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ok so these times they are a-changin soul I instead of beautiful back country
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roads of malaga and more baya and la costa del sol we're getting on the
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motorway and we're getting on the motorway for a very specific reason
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we're going to let the car drive itself
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we did this trick and Mercedes so why don't we try it with something else
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it's called autopilot and to engage the system we have to interrogate the
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different systems here
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we don't want adaptive cruise control we want pilot assist set it here and I've
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got it at a hundred and twenty kilometers an hour which is about the
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speed limit and let's let it drive itself i'm gonna take my foot off the
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accelerator
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we're coming around a nice term with a big truck there so this is a hell of a
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lot of trust in a pre-production car friends or should I say I'm egos
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Mina the volvo is driving itself around a corner
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so how are you been a while since we've chatted like this
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we're going over a bridge a little nerve-racking it's hard to trust this
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thing and it's not even yelling at me yet to put my hands on the wheel and
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notice the car is slowing down because of the truck
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check this out hand still folded police do not try this at home
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yea big truck in front of us now let's try passing it and see if it passes the
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truck in autopilot mode okay we're still believe we are still in all yet we're
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back in autopilot mode
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ok we're going to pass two trucks
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with hands folded again please do not try this at home
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oh yes this is nerve-racking
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yeah of course I gotta say it look ma no hands and actually she drove although so
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look ma no hands in your car
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oh we almost made it past the truck
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ok so here is that here's the catch it won't let you do this more than 15
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seconds
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so if you want to pull this party trick on your friends
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you got to put your hands back on the wheel
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like within 15 seconds or they will see that same i guess like no it's not fully
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autonomous we can split hairs figure this is like stage to wear it it's
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basically the lawyers have decided we don't know what we don't know
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so why don't we put it back into this mode here again
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ready ok and let's see if it goes into the tunnel by itself
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so now it's lowering its speed a little bit
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actually no I set the speed of a hundred and five I shouldn't be going this fast
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so if you're the local constable in my bail you didn't see how fast I'm going
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right now
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now it's saying to apply steering but let's see if it all we wanted to make it
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to the tunnel
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ok apply steering okay so we're getting to the end of the tunnel
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let's try to trick again hands off the wheel can I just say
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while the car is taking care of itself the roads and southern Spain
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absolutely stunning
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this like tax game thing and they have here fat via tea or whatever AP it works
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quite well because the roads are like glass and with that i think i'm gonna
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start driving again
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so in summary what do we got well to answer that question we have to separate
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this and two parts are there is the car itself and there is the general business
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health of volvo group se or whatever they call their company
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first the car um so if I'm honest
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volvo was always a very good car especially coming from a guy who was was
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reared on Volvo's it was the car you suggested to your aunt to someone that
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was incredibly sensible or maybe a university professor that was sick of
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Subarus and had a couple more bucks in the bank but really with the changes
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they have done here and it's it's a function of yes they move the wheels
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here and the dimensions are squatted here in the car is wider and the engine
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is a whole different interpretation from a guy who ran engines at volkswagen
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all of that is great however the bottom line is more than the sum of the parts
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now makes this a car you would suggest not just to your aunt or said university
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professor you would suggest this to your friend who actually likes cars because
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dynamically it's a car you want to drive and it's a wonderful car to be in and
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didn't really expect that in a Volvo
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so that's the car but really the business side of it
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this represents a Volvo in the future yes we talked about this with the xc90
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but more so this because this is kind of like a signpost of what is to come of
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future cars now vulval loves to discuss this whole well by 2018 the oldest car
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in our lineup will be the xc90 and the average age will be one year old witch
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yeah that sounds great and all but really what's happened here is they made
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a humongous investment of money and it's something akin to what like GM puts in
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their whole R&D budget for one entire year
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general motors so really what's happening here is yes this is a great
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interpretation of one car but what you and I need to focus on is how does that
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translate to real cars in the future and i gotta say and going to sound somewhat
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cliché the future looks rather
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bright for volvo global cars se or whatever it's called
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so let's put this aside and now I'm going to turn this around to you guys
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and leave you with a question the question is this
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yes this is now the s90 previously not at all competitive to an eClass a BMW 5
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series or even now Cadillacs like cts is and that's stunning new ct6 which is
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priced about the same so the question is very simple
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what car would you choose if this was the car you fancy
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would it be the s90 or would it be one of those Germans are Americans or even a
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Japanese car that I'm not mentioning here and don't just tell me which one
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you would choose but why you would choose it and for good measure let me
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know what region of the world you hail from
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let me know in the comments below or via our social media
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that i would leave you with two things number one make sure you download our
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fancy new mobile application which you can download for free at apple itunes or
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google play and number two a fun fact
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so way back in the day volvo they did put some style and some of their cars
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but they did not design them in-house there were two coups that came in like
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the eighties that were designed by italian design firm
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bertoni really check it out until I see you next time
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most likely not by the stunning Mediterranean Sea
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sadly i wish you wish beta
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