NOTTINGHAM’S Volvo dealership is celebrating a record-breaking year for the Swedish brand.
The motor manufacturer with a reputation for producing some of the safest and most sturdy cars around picked up no fewer than 43 significant awards during 2018 while also enjoying its highest sales in the UK in 28 years.
With a total of 50,319 new car sales, the firm certainly bucked the trend in a UK market which declined overall by seven per cent.
There were awards for all three Volvo SUVs, with the XC40 claiming 12 of them. These included the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year title and Auto Express’s Small Premium SUV of the Year award for the compact model now available to test drive at Marshall Nottingham on Valley Road in the city.
The XC60 was the first award winner of 2018 in being voted Best Medium Crossover in the UK Car of the Year honours. The XC60 also won the Safety Award in the What Car? honours and was voted New Car of the Year in the AM Awards in which Volvo was named Manufacturer of the Year. This model was further voted UK Car of the Year in the UK Car of the Year Awards and took the Best Large SUV titles in both the Fleet World Honours and Parkers New Car Awards.
In the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year competition, the XC60 pulled away from the pack as Towcar of the Year, the Best Family Towcar and the Best Towcar, caravan weight 1500kg-1700kg. The XC40 was Best Towcar, caravan weight 1350kg-1500kg.
The XC90 was named Large SUV of the Year in the Company Car Today CCT100 awards while the Which? Awards saw Volvo selected as Car Brand of the Year.
Volvo was voted Best Fleet Manufacturer in the ExpertEye Awards and in the Motor Trader Industry Awards and BusinessCar Awards was Carmaker of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year respectively. The PHEV Manufacturer of the Year went to the brand in the GreenFleet Awards.
Volvo’s drive for cleaner motoring was further recognised with the XC60 T8 Twin Engine voted as Large Plug-in Hybrid of the Year in the DrivingElectric Awards.
These achievements were reflected internationally, with the XC40 named European Car of the Year and the XC60 mid-size SUV acclaimed as the World Car of the Year. Meanwhile Volvo’s UK performance contributed to another year of record global sales, with more than 640,000 Volvo cars sold worldwide.
The launch of the new V60 premium estate delivered further success, with family car awards from Parkers and News UK, and the Practicality Award from carwow. It was also named Estate Car of the Year in the Scottish Car of the Year Awards and Best Compact Executive by Carbuyer.
Andrew Moss, Retailer Principal at Marshall Nottingham, said: “This exceptional run of awards is amazing to see, but each one is appreciated for the vote of confidence it represents in what we are doing to extend the all-round strength and appeal of the Volvo brand.
“We are immensely proud of our new range of cars, and our record-breaking sales show our customers rate them, too. We encourage car buyers in Nottingham to come and take a test drive to experience their award-winning features for themselves.”
For more information on the Volvo model range, go to www.volvocars.com/uk or visit Marshall Nottingham, on Valley Road (telephone, 0115 8284533).