When snow falls in the UK, the whole country comes to a standstill. But on the edge of the Arctic Circle, in Lulea in the Swedish Lapland, they are ready for it.
I fought my way around Volvo's newest V60 family seat at a whopping 30 ° C – so cold that even T-shirt-clad Geordies might be tempted to put on a coat.
And I do not just drive icy roads. Even the ocean freezes. I drive on a part of the Baltic Sea, where the ice is more than a meter thick.
All Weather Car: The Volvo V60 Cross Country can be used in extreme conditions
The well-prepared Swedes switch to winter tires every autumn, sometimes with spikes to improve grip.
After a good long ride on ice and snow covered roads and paths, it's time to drive extremely on a special slippery track created from the frozen sea.
I ride two V60 models and dance on ice in comfortable, smartly styled vehicles that are perfect for charging, and big boots for active families in all weathers.
The first was the built-up and rugged V60 Cross Country T5 four-wheel drive with eight-speed automatic transmission, which provides over 60mm extra ride height above the standard.
Upgraded: The Volvo V60 Cross Country has an eight-speed automatic transmission, which has an additional ride height of 60 mm above the standard range
Volvo V60 Cross Country: This beautiful vehicle is powered by a 250 hp 2-liter 4-cylinder engine
In good hands: It is time to go extreme on a special, slippery track created from the frozen sea
Ice Master: Volvo's V60 range can easily handle Arctic conditions
Self-control: I drive two V60 models and dance on ice in comfortable, smartly equipped vehicles that are perfect trucks
Non-slip: Electronic Stability Control cuts like snow in snow and keeps me on the ground
Hold on: In ESC sports mode, you can have more room to slide and skate
Powered by a 250-horse-horsepower, 2-liter, four-cylinder engine, this beautiful vehicle takes you from 62 to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds.
It will cost around £ 37,000 if it is added to the British range this year and complements the Diesel D4 from £ 38,270.
Plenty of space: with big boots for active families in all weathers
Electronic Stability Control cuts into the snow like skis and confidently puts me on the track when it notices that the wheels are starting to slip. In ESC sports mode you can have more room for slides and skates.
I've also chosen the V60 T8 Twin Engine R-Design Gasoline Electric Hybrid, which combines a 2-liter 303 hp gasoline engine with an 87-hp electric motor to produce a total of 390 hp, which is 0- 62 mph gives 4.9 seconds of time, limiting top speed to 155 mph.
High-class: It has leather side seats, a lowered sports suspension and parking sensors on the front
It has some leather sports seats, a lowered sports suspension and parking sensors at the front and will cost from around £ 50,000.
Budget Selection: The V60 range starts at £ 32,410 for the D3 Momentum Guide and is available in four trim levels
The V60 range starts at £ 32,410 for the D3 Momentum manual and is available in four trim levels.
The four Volvo V60 series equipment variants in the UK are Momentum, R-Design, Incription and Cross Country.
The vehicles will be built at the Volvo headquarters in Gothenburg alongside the SUV XC60, the larger V90 station wagon and the XC90 offroaders, with which they share a flexible platform.
They come with the safety package and crash-proven technology you expect from Volvo. Luckily, I did not need a practical demonstration.
And for those who have an active lifestyle, there are plenty of accessories – from a bike rack with up to three bicycles, a ski rack for up to four skisets, a canoe / kayak holder, a retractable dog harness bar and a roof box with up to 430 liters Space.
It is a very Scandinavian alternative to German competitors such as the Audi A4 Avant, the BMW 3 Series Touring or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
And perfect in such a cold country that Facebook has its servers here because it's cheaper to keep them under the freezer.
Updated: Audi has updated Coupé and Roadster with style and performance improvements
More than 20 years since AUDI TT launched
Upgraded: Audi has updated coupe and roadster with styling and performance improvements
Amazing that Audi has launched the TT for more than 20 years.
To this occasion, Audi has updated its coupe and the Roadster with styling and performance improvements in a "comprehensive update" for the third generation of the two-door, which is offered from 31,530 pounds.
A 2-liter petrol engine with 194 hp replaces the former 1.8-liter version with 178 hp in the model TT 40. And the performance in the TT 45 version increases from 227 hp to 242 hp.
There is even a TT 20 Years Limited Edition model from £ 45,300 to £ 47,050, of which 150 out of 999 are sold in the UK.
Timeless: Audi has introduced the TT for more than 20 years
I had fun driving a very lively Audi TT Coupé & # 39; 45 & # 39; TFSI Quattro S-Line S-Tronic in & # 39; Oulse Orange & # 39; with a lively 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission with hand paddles on the steering wheel. These accelerated from rest to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds to a top speed of 155 mph.
The two rear seats are only suitable for soft bag or emergency use. But the trunk is surprisingly cavernous and offers plenty of room for a family shop and even an electric guitar. It's a very intuitive ride. The intelligent electronic dashboard screen behind the steering wheel houses the stat navigation and all important information. There are convenient touch points when the rear seats are folded down to provide more space for the cargo bed.
The base price of £ 37,405 rose by nearly £ 7,500 with add-ons that included a £ 1,495 technology package, a Bang & Olufsen (£ 895) sound system, a RS-design steering wheel (£ 795), a useful dynamic street sign display (£ 155), Deluxe Air Conditioning (£ 555) and Enhanced Parking Sensors (£ 395).
The original TT – known as the "Bauhaus Ball" for its uncompromisingly stylish and minimalist lines – was first shown in 1995 as a concept model and then as a barely modified production model three years later.
- Skoda launches Kamiq, a new, smart & # 39; baby & # 39; sports car that faces Renault Captur and Nissan's Juke. It will debut in Geneva next month and is expected to hit the market by the end of the year for around £ 17,500. For vegans, there is even the option of a non-leather microfiber material called Suedia.
All new Skoda: Skoda launches a smart new "baby" sports car called Kamiq that powers Renault Captur and Nissans Juke
Trendy: The interior of the Skoda Kamiq
ORGANIZER OF LONDON MOTOR AND TECH SHOW DISCOVER & # 39; VALENTINE & # 39; CARS
Clutch: More than a third of drivers say their first kiss was in a sedan in the car
Before Valentine's Day on Thursday, the organizers of this year's London Motor and Tech Show in May reveal that the preferred style of vehicle for auto noodle lovers is the traditional salon.
More than a third (35.3 percent) of drivers say their first kiss was in a sedan in the car. Then came hatchbacks (23.7 percent), sports cars (17.9 percent), goods (10.5 percent), vans (7.9 percent) and convertibles (4.7 percent).
But as the sales of sedans break down, you expect changes.
Show Director Andy Entwistle says, "Today's market is very different, with SUVs and multi-purpose vehicles offering an alternative." Tickets (usually £ 20) can be bought in pairs for £ 28 with the code "CARLOVER" (thelondonmotor show.co.uk) before February 14th.
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