Rumors

Rumor has it, Volvo will be out of business.

A recent example comes from the Huffington Post, 9 Iconic Brands That Could Soon Be Dead. Ironically, just two days before that article appeared a very favorable article from the Huffington Post, Car Review: Not to Be Outdone, the 2014 Volvo S60 Offers Safety First.

I believe Volvo will be around for a long time. Granted the brand has a bit of catching up to do. Based on what I have personally heard and seen from the proverbial horses mouth, the future looks to be very exciting. The next generation on all Volvo products will be the 2016 model year expected to arrive at dealerships sometime in 2015.

The design direction of Thomas Ingenlath,
Thomas Ingenlath, Head of Design Volvo Car Group

“Creativity is thriving in the Swedish society. This includes design and technology as well as the fashion, music and art scene.

We use this as an inspiration for creating a new kind of attainable luxury. Our future cars will show that there are new, exciting ways to express the soul of Sweden.”

“In my opinion, Volvo design has always had a certain authority. We aim to extend this calm, intelligent and strong side of our brand with a greater potency, modernity and expressiveness. Concept Coupé clearly expresses this direction.”
http://www.volvocars.com/us/top/about/conceptcars-futurevehicles/pages/default.aspx

This article will describe what to look for in the coming year.
Volvo Plan: 1 Platform for All Cars

So, in conclusion, rumors are just rumors. Stay tuned and follow this blog for more information.

Status Update – Six Months

I now have six months under my belt as a Car Sales Consultant.

Since I like to laugh and to make others laugh, I’ll share some of the more humorous moments to date. My feeling is you have to be able to laugh at yourself. Intrigued yet?

Getting Out of the Car

It must have been my first test drive that went fairly well, until we arrived back at the dealership. A very nice couple were in the front seats. Yes, they liked the car and let’s go in and talk numbers. Not so fast. I can’t believe I am going to admit this but, gotta laugh at your self right? The couple get out of the car, but I can’t. I’m in the back seat and I can’t open the doors. I’m trying anything I could think of, the driver is pushing any button to unlock the doors. At this point, I think, I can not let these people go into the dealership to say their Sales Consultant couldn’t get out of the car. I was frustrated and laughing, (to myself) at that thought. Luckily, the driver found the child safety lock!

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The Test Drives

One of my fears of selling cars has always been the test drive.  Really, there are many things that could happen. Again, on one of my earlier test drives, the couple decided they loved the car, but wanted a different color. No problem, I used my cell phone to call the sales manager to see what other colors we had. WRONG! I learned a call to the dealership while on a test drive meant something went wrong, like a flat tire, ran out of gas.  I’ve never done that again.

A real fear of the test drives are crazy drivers, or at least crazy while on a test drive. Some people feel they need to test the steering by wobbling all over the road, taking turns ridiculously fast or stopping fast. These have all happened. There was only one time I involuntarily let out an audible OMG!  I deal with these memorable rides by telling myself, “It’s OK Barbara, you’re in a Volvo.”  Seriously, not a sales line, until I use it as one.

Basically, the state of the car selling business is good. Granted I can have a great month with 13 cars out the door and only 5 the next. Either that’s just the way it is in the car business or it’s me. By my next update, I will, I need to have at least 11 cars consistently.

Stay tuned for the next update. Did she make her goal?

Loaded with Safety Features

Volvo S80

Volvo S80

  • MSRP:$39,900
  • Safety rating:2014 top safety pick +
  • Estimated mpg:
    • City – 19
    • Highway – 29

There’s a reason Volvo is known for its safety. After all, this luxury large sedan has garnered the top rating from IIHS since 2007, and that didn’t change in 2014. Another top safety pick, the Volvo S80 performed well in all crash tests and also got the highest rating for rear crash protection and head restraints.

In addition to holding its own in crashes, the Volvo S80 offers a host of safety features — some standard and others that can be added to help avoid accidents.

Included are active high beams, which recognize the headlight beam of oncoming vehicles and automatically shifts between high and low beams; an adaptive brake light that can tell the difference between panic and normal braking; and collision warning and lane-departure warning.

The Volvo also offers safety technology, which is designed to prevent accidents at low speeds by applying the brakes automatically if a crash is imminent. Pedestrians don’t have to worry about getting hit, thanks to the pedestrian detection with full auto braking.

Read more: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/auto/cars-loaded-safety-features-1.aspx#ixzz2pql6xCgh

Snow Storms…In the Car Business

Typically, during a snow storm I like to stay at home and watch the pretty flakes fall.

However, now that I am in the car business, it’s a horse of a different color. (It’s not that long ago that I figured out in the Wizard of Oz movie, the horses in Emerald City did change colors. But I digress.) Now when it snows, I’m at the dealership.

My first snow storm in the car business December 2013, was…different, wet, cold and then warm, good exercise. My job was climbing into the cars through the snow plowed barricade to start them. Some of the cars were parked so close to each other I felt like a contortionist getting and in out. But, I laughed and laughed at the ways I was able to get in and out of some cars. So, OK, it was kind of fun.

Today, January 2, 2014…here we go again! Pictures to follow. Stay safe on the roads. Better yet, stay at home and watch the flakes fall. Preferably in front of a real fireplace.