Volvo’s new all-wheel drive XC90 is causing a stir with motorists months before it is launched in the winter of 2002.
Already Volvo has received well over 300 UK orders for its new car based solely on photos and preliminary information issued after its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January.
Orders have been equally split between the 272bhp XC90 T6 and the all-new 163bhp D5 diesel.
"Reaction to the XC90 from all areas of the industry has been very positive and having received over 300 orders already, without a dealer having a car in the showroom and without a test drive taking place, is very encouraging for the future of the XC90," explained Ken Anders Volvo Car UK’s National Sales Manager.
In addition, German car magazine AutoZeitung awarded XC90 the AutoTrophy 2002 for the most "important foreign innovation", beating 170 vehicles from all round the world in a poll of readers and journalists.
Meanwhile, in the USA the Roll Stability Control (RSC) system fitted to the Volvo XC90 received the World Traffic Safety Symposium Manufacturers Award.
The XC90 makes its official UK debut at the Birmingham International Motor Show in October, but visitors to the Volvo PGA golf championship at Wentworth (23-26 May) will get a first chance to see the new car.
XC90 prices will be confirmed at the end of June.Published 17 May 2002