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Volvo unveils Polestar model in China, looks to rival Tesla 3

Volvo unveils Polestar model in China, looks to rival Tesla 3

Volvo unveils Polestar model in China, looks to rival Tesla 3

Polestar, formerly an inbuilt division for Volvo making performance variants, and now an independent automaker that will make performance electric cars based on Volvo design and chassis, has showcased it's first ever auto - the "Polestar 1".

Starting production after the 1 in late-2019, the 2 will be the first BEV from Volvo Car Group, with volumes to be higher than that of the coupe model. But there wil also be stanadalone Polestar showrooms.

Based on Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) but said to be about 50 per cent new, Volvo says the Polestar 1 will be the world's first auto to be fitted with all-new Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi).

Polestar also said it plans to "move away from today's traditional ownership model". The Polestar 1 will be an hybrid performance vehicle that will be built in a new goal built factory in China alongside two other cars that Polestar will showcase soon.

First up is the Polestar 1, a hybrid coupe looking like a cross between a two-door S90 and the Concept Coupe Volvo showed in Frankfurt.

When Li Shufu's Geely, which also owns United Kingdom black cab maker Manganese Bronze, acquired Volvo its goals were to use the Swedish group's technology, dealership network and global brand to push Geely outside China while doubling Volvo's sales in China.

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The first of which is the Polestar 1, with 600hp and 1000Nm of torque.

Another crucial factor in living up to the promise of being a true driver's vehicle is the fitment of a double electric rear axle that enables torque vectoring. Close behind will be the smaller, fully electric Polestar 2, that would compete more directly with the Tesla 3, and an SUV Polestar 3. "This supports the driver with precise acceleration on each wheel to keep the maximum road grip and maintain speed while cornering", said Volvo.

The Polestar 1's looks match the advanced tech inside-the styling is simple and clean, with unique touches like sci-fi inspired Helvetica-font stickers instead of chrome badging and a panel mounted in the trunk with neatly marked heavy-gauge orange wires and connectors. Another comment from Polestar's official account confirmed "You will have the option of buying the vehicle as well". The zero-deposit, all-inclusive subscription includes a pick-up and delivery service. It allows the owner to share a virtual key with a third party, and also enables access to a host of other on-demand features.

"Polestar 1 is the first vehicle to carry the Polestar on the bonnet", said Polestar CEO in Shanghai tonight. "A lovely GT with awesome technology packed into it - a great start for our new Polestar brand".

On the powertrain side, the Polestar 1 has a new double electric rear axle, which enables torque vectoring for better cornering in this rear-drive electric performance auto.

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