Volvo is ready for the new 55-registration plate change on 1 September with plenty of desirable, new 2006 models and special Volvo Ocean Race editions, a value for money servicing package, and a flexible and friendly nationwide test drive programme offering the chance to try all the range at one local venue.

S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon

Volvo has extended its three year, £100 service plan offer for all Volvo S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon models until the end of the year. For a one-off £100 investment the customer gets three years or 36,000 miles (37,500 for 2006 models) worth of servicing – worth an average of approximately £800.

Volvo is also offering S40 and V50 customers free Geartronic transmission, normally a £1,250 option, with five-cylinder, 170bhp, 2.4i petrol engine models.

‘Freedom’ Test Drive

Volvo’s successful, nationwide ‘Freedom’ test drive programme has been extended across August, September, October and November. It offers the convenience of having all the Volvo range available for unaccompanied test drives, alone or with family or friends, at one local venue. It is a great and relaxed way to test drive the latest Volvos, without having to visit a showroom. For full details of dates and venues, or to book a test drive, call 0800 400 430.

Volvo Ocean Race Editions

To celebrate the next, round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race this November, with a UK stopover in Portsmouth in May 2006, Volvo is introducing special Volvo Ocean Race Editions of the XC90, XC70 and V70. They feature a unique Ocean Blue pearlescent paint and special Ocean Blue aluminium inlays, plus floor mats with coordinating blue piping.

Every model offers a choice of Volvo’s powerful, five-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, including the new D5 turbodiesel with 185bhp. On the road prices start at £34,735, £30,593 and £27,648 for the XC90, XC70 and V70 respectively.

2006 models

Volvo’s latest 2006 models are now arriving in showrooms, which apart from some enhanced specifications, stylish new colours and alloy wheels, also include new highlights such as luxury ‘Inscription’ interiors, real-time traffic monitoring information for satellite navigation systems, and an improved all wheel drive system with Instant Traction.

Possibly the most significant improvements are the two new diesel engines – the 2.4D (163bhp) and D5 (185bhp). Both diesels have extensively revised hardware and software for improved performance, refinement and flexibility, with service intervals extended from 12,500 to 18,000 miles. In addition, they are now fitted with diesel particulate filters, and are Euro IV compliant.

The new D5, available in the S60, V70, XC70 and XC90, has a power increase of over 13 per cent, from 163bhp to 185bhp, and torque up from 340Nm to 400Nm. The new 2.4D engine, available in the S60 and V70, has similar power and torque (163bhp and 340Nm) to the previous D5 unit but is now smoother and with lower emissions.

Affordable finance

A £1,000 deposit allowance available on S60 and V70 models until 30 September, when financed by Volvo Car Finance, makes a new Volvo more affordable this summer (10.9% TYPICAL APR).

Alternatively, business users and corporate customers can take advantage of a new Volvo Business Partner Contract Hire package5 for the XC90 with monthly rental from £449 (plus VAT), or the S60 from £299 rental per month (plus VAT).

September delivery

With shorter waiting times, even for the XC90, a new 55-reg Volvo could be ready for September delivery, including the last remaining stocks of the current C70 convertible that are waiting to be snapped up.