Volvo is no longer vanilla – thanks to the C coupe concept

volvo is no longer vanilla thanks to c coupe concept
Volvo C coupe concept

What you see here are new teaser pictures pushed out by Volvo. The pictures represent a big move forward toward a more dynamic exterior design for the Swedish automaker that’s been long known as a maker of ultra-safe family cars with even safer styling.

“When I joined Volvo a year ago,” says Volvo Group head of design Thomas Ingenlath in the teaser video (below), “some people described Volvo’s design as Vanilla. In other words, nice, but not iconic or cutting edge.” Ingenlath ends the video by saying, “the vanilla days are over.”

Volvo C Coupe concept

It’s not clear if Volvo was ready to take the wraps off the C head of next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show. But after Wallpaper magazine tweeted a picture of the new concept coupe, Volvo pushed a few more teasers.

Volvo is in the middle of a big push into the 21st century. After being sold by Ford to Chinese automaker Geely, Volvo has been on a big design bent, creating a series of all-new four-cylinders that will power all Volvos in the future and a new scalable platform for its larger vehicles, including the second-gen XC90.

Volvo C Coupe concept 3

Rumor also has it that Geely is aiming to hit the U.S. market in the next few years with Volvo-designed cars.

Volvo recently stunned us by unveiling a prototype car that could park itself. Not just with driver input like some cars from other automakers but completely autonomously. The Volvo will drop the driver at a shopping center and go find itself a parking spot and wait to be called back to the original drop point via smartphone app.

Volvo C Coupe concept 4

The Volvo C coupe concept will be an important moment for Volvo so be sure to check back closer to the Frankfurt unveiling for official pictures and details.

Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.

Bosch’s CES-bound shuttle concept takes us on a trip to a not-too-distant future

Bosch envisions a future in which driverless shuttles occupy their own market segment. The German firm won't build the shuttles, but it wants to provide everything else, ranging from the drive system to the apps used to hail them.

These winter-warrior cars will never leave you out in the cold

Snow can be an absolute pain if your vehicle isn't optimized to handle that sort of terrain. If brutal snowstorms are an annual part of your life, we recommend you pick up one of these winter-ready vehicles.
Emerging Tech

With this robotic garage, retrieving your car is like using a vending machine

Remembering where we parked our cars can be a real pain. But what if our cars came to find us, rather than the other way around? A new automated robot parking valet system aims to help.

2020 Toyota Supra caught hiding in a trailer without a shred of camouflage

Toyota's plan to once again lure enthusiasts into showrooms involves bringing back the Supra, one of its most emblematic nameplates. Here's what we know so far about the upcoming coupe, which Toyota is developing jointly with BMW.

NYC mandates minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, other app-based rideshare drivers

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a rule that drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft must be paid at least minimum wage, even though they are independent contractors. The new pay rate includes operating costs.

Driving a prototype 2020 Passat at Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground

Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground is where new cars are tested to the breaking point, including the 2020 Passat midsize sedan. Ride along as the new Passat completes testing ahead of its 2019 launch.

LM Industries’ autonomous shuttles head to Phoenix, Sacramento campuses

LM Industries will deploy Olli low-speed autonomous shuttles at school campuses in Arizona and California as part of its ongoing "fleet challenge," which asks local groups to propose uses for autonomous vehicles.
Emerging Tech

A lidar-equipped truck knows exactly how much de-icer to apply on roads

Lidar is best known as the laser-based technology that helps self-driving cars sense their surroundings. But the city of Knoxville has another, more seasonal use for it: De-icing roads.
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.

Hertz speeds up car rentals with biometric scan technology

Biometric security technology that uses face, fingerprint, and voice recognition is gaining traction, with Hertz emerging as the latest company to incorporate it into its daily operations.
Product Review

Inside Maserati's Levante SUV beats the heart of a Ferrari

Maserati’s luxury SUV gets a shot in the arm by way of Ferrari-derived V8 power, but is it enough to go toe-to-toe with the established players in the high performance sport-utility segment? Let’s find out.

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.

Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world

Aston Martin has released new details about its F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar. Co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie will be one of the most aerodynamic production cars ever made.