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Volvo has been more than vocal about its electrification ambitions. By 2025, the Swedish company plans to generate 50-percent of its sales volume from its fully electric vehicles. In fact, the automaker has decided to turn its sub-brand, Polestar, into a fully-electric performance brand. The Polestar 2 was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and was rather well received, but does it have in it to take on the Tesla Model 3?

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Volvo has been more than vocal about its electrification ambitions. By 2025, the Swedish company plans to generate 50-percent of its sales volume from its fully electric vehicles. In fact, the automaker has decided to turn its sub-brand, Polestar, into a fully-electric performance brand. The Polestar 2 was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and was rather well received, but does it have in it to take on the Tesla Model 3?

PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model Y versus Polestar 2

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The scene may have been busy over the past few days, comparing the new Tesla Model Y and the very similar Model 3, calling them too similar, but the fact of the matter is, the new small Tesla crossover has a direct rival. I am, of course, talking about the Polestar 2, itself a strange model that’s neither a sedan nor a crossover – that’s right up the Model Y’s alley. These two cars are direct rivals if we’ve ever seen any, and while their styling may be radically different, they are undoubtedly targeting the same market segment. The Tesla is the more bubble-like of the two, with its strongly arched roofline, but it can seat two more people than the Volvo (in theory, at least), so at least there’s a purpose behind the hunchback design.

In terms of performance and range, the two are very close, at least if we compare the higher-spec Long Range or Dual Motor AWD versions of the Model Y to the Polestar and its single powertrain choice. You will be able to get the Tesla Model Y Performance model that will blow the Polestar 2 clean out of the water with its 3.5-second zero to sixty time, but the other two versions available from launch are comparable.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Polestar 2 arrives to rival the world’s best EVs in Geneva

Polestar 2 is the second bespoke model under the new Polestar electric performance sub-brand by Volvo. After revealing a sleek plug-in hybrid coupe at last year’s edition of the Geneva motor show, this year the Swedish brand has returned with its first all-electric offering, one whose specs appear to have been benchmarked against the popular Tesla Model 3.

PostHeaderIcon Polestar Takes Aim at Tesla Model 3 With 408-Horsepower Polestar 2

Volvo performance sub-brand Polestar unveiled its first mass production car called the Polestar 2. It is a high-riding electric sedan with a coupe-like roof, fastback layout, and plastic guards on its wide fenders. Polestar unveiled it as a Tesla Model 3 competitor with the entry-level price of $39,900 and performance that almost matches that of the best-selling luxury car in the U.S. in 2018. It is, arguably, the first compelling electric car from a credible and known manufacturer we’ve seen. This means that an average buyer of, say, a nice Mercedes C-Class would reasonably consider it.

It will be unveiled at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and it is expected to draw enormous journalistic crowds to the Polestar stands. For a good reason. It is a really nice car – one that couples the forever green style of the Polestar 1 and effective layout that Volvo aced with the latest generation of its cars.

PostHeaderIcon Polestar 2 Finally Teased And This Is What We Know About It

Very similar to the Volvo S90

Polestar revealed the first photograph of what is to become its second model – the 2 – only hours ago. Scheduled for a full online reveal in a few weeks time and for a live reveal at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the second Polestar vehicle will be a full EV. No hybrid nonsense here. While information about the Polestar 2 is still quite sparse, I have found a number of curious facts about the new four-door electric fastback that will go right after the Tesla Model 3. Heck, Polestar even mentioned the Tesla Model 3 in its PR about the Polestar 2 teaser. Let me tell you – this kind of PR is highly unusual. Apart from giving us a glimpse of the new car, we also got a few tidbits about the Polestar 2’s specs.

PostHeaderIcon Polestar 2 Finally Teased And This Is What We Know About It

Very similar to the Volvo S90

Polestar revealed the first photograph of what is to become its second model – the 2 – only hours ago. Scheduled for a full online reveal in a few weeks time and for a live reveal at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the second Polestar vehicle will be a full EV. No hybrid nonsense here. While information about the Polestar 2 is still quite sparse, I have found a number of curious facts about the new four-door electric fastback that will go right after the Tesla Model 3. Heck, Polestar even mentioned the Tesla Model 3 in its PR about the Polestar 2 teaser. Let me tell you – this kind of PR is highly unusual. Apart from giving us a glimpse of the new car, we also got a few tidbits about the Polestar 2’s specs.

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Polestar 2 Performance EV Teased But Will It Be Able to Beat the 2019 Tesla Model 3?

Polestar’s automotive lineup is slowly taking shape after the Swedish automaker unveiled a teaser image of the Polestar 2 sedan. The image doesn’t show much of the car other than a birds-eye-view glimpse of the rear section. It’s probably the most we’ll be getting until the next teaser rolls around. What we know at this point is that the Polestar 2 will make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as an electric sedan that will compete directly against the Tesla Model 3. Pricing for the Polestar 2 is expected to slot somewhere between $45,000 to $50,000.

PostHeaderIcon Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019

What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration – something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the Carbon Fiber Polestar 1 Smash Into a Wall

Carbon fiber is a wonderful material. Offering both high strength and low weight, carbon fiber combines two characteristics seemingly at odds with one another to form a very desirable end product, something which is particularly valuable in an automotive application. After all, cars need to be strong in a crash, but lightweight to cover performance and efficiency. As such, we see the big makes utilizing carbon fiber across multiple segments. Now, Polestar (Volvo’s performance offshoot brand) is putting the value of carbon fiber on full display with this official crash test video of its latest Polestar 1 performance coupe.

PostHeaderIcon The Polestar 2 Should Be Significantly Cheaper than the Polestar 1

Polestar may have wowed the crowd at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by bringing the high-performance Polestar 1 to the event, but the company’s second model, the Polestar 2, made waves of its own. No, it didn’t make an appearance at the event — it’s still being developed — but Polestar COO Jonathan Goodman talked a great deal about it, including its performance capabilities, proposed timetable, and expected price tag. It’s safe to say, then, that the Polestar 2 will be much cheaper than the Polestar 1.

PostHeaderIcon The Polestar 2 Should Be Significantly Cheaper than the Polestar 1

Polestar may have wowed the crowd at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by bringing the high-performance Polestar 1 to the event, but the company’s second model, the Polestar 2, made waves of its own. No, it didn’t make an appearance at the event — it’s still being developed — but Polestar COO Jonathan Goodman talked a great deal about it, including its performance capabilities, proposed timetable, and expected price tag. It’s safe to say, then, that the Polestar 2 will be much cheaper than the Polestar 1.

PostHeaderIcon Polestar 1 Online Configurator – How We Spec’d It

The Polestar 1 is arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in the business today. The performance coupe checks a lot of boxes on what you want out of the first offering from Volvo’s former performance division. Needless to say, the Polestar 1 has our attention. That much was clear when the coupe’s online configurator went live. We couldn’t wait to play around with it, and when we got the chance to do it, well, this happened.

PostHeaderIcon This is How Polestar Saved 507 Pounds of Weight Using Carbon Fiber

Wouldn’t you like to know just how much weight a car would save if it had all carbon fiber body panels instead of steel? It seems that Polestar has the answer. When designing their gorgeous Polestar 1, the Swedish company, which is now a stand-alone brand next to Volvo, made extensive use of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, saving 507 pounds of weight.

PostHeaderIcon This is How Polestar Saved 507 Pounds of Weight Using Carbon Fiber

Wouldn’t you like to know just how much weight a car would save if it had all carbon fiber body panels instead of steel? It seems that Polestar has the answer. When designing their gorgeous Polestar 1, the Swedish company, which is now a stand-alone brand next to Volvo, made extensive use of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, saving 507 pounds of weight.

PostHeaderIcon Is the Polestar 1 Plug-In Hybrid really priced at $155,000?

Recently, Volvo announced that they are aiming for 50-percent of their overall sales to come from EVs by 2025. In 2017, Volvo became the first manufacturer to declare that its entire model range would become electrified in at least some form: mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fully electric; And then they come out with ridiculous pricing for the flagship car from their performance brand, the Polestar 1. $155,000 to compete with the likes of Tesla Model S. Seriously, Volvo?

PostHeaderIcon The Polestar 1 Finally Has a Confirmed Price Tag of $155,000

Polestar has finally put a figure on the Polestar 1. Volvo’s new performance sub-brand has listed the Polestar 1 with a price tag of $155,000 in the U.S. The car will also sell for €155,000 in Europe. Those who are interested in the car will have to deposit $2,500 or €2,500 to secure a spot on the company’s reservation list. Pre-orders are now open for the Polestar in 18 different countries, including a number of European nations, China, and North America.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Polestar 1 Spreading 600 Horsepower Worth of Love On the Ice and Snow

The Polestar 1 is a 600-horsepower, slightly revamped version of a coupe concept that Volvo released back in 2013. Yeah. Polestar and Volvo really were that lazy, but that’s water under the bridge. What matters now is that the Polestar 1 is a real vehicle and it’s a mean one at that. To give you an idea of just how anal Polestar is when it comes to tuning and ride characteristics, it has released a video of the Polestar 1 getting it in on the snow and ice. Apparently, Polestar tried out 20 different sway bars (10 front and 10 rear) to determine which one was just right. Apparently, the car was completely void of any driver assistance features as well. Anyway, check out the short video and let us know what you think!

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Polestar 1 Spreading 600 Horsepower Worth of Love On the Ice and Snow

The Polestar 1 is a 600-horsepower, slightly revamped version of a coupe concept that Volvo released back in 2013. Yeah. Polestar and Volvo really were that lazy, but that’s water under the bridge. What matters now is that the Polestar 1 is a real vehicle and it’s a mean one at that. To give you an idea of just how anal Polestar is when it comes to tuning and ride characteristics, it has released a video of the Polestar 1 getting it in on the snow and ice. Apparently, Polestar tried out 20 different sway bars (10 front and 10 rear) to determine which one was just right. Apparently, the car was completely void of any driver assistance features as well. Anyway, check out the short video and let us know what you think!

PostHeaderIcon Polestar May Increase Production Figures to Satisfy Demand for the Polestar 1

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The Polestar 1 is turning out to be a more popular model than even Polestar anticipated. Volvo’s new performance brand initially planned to produce a limited run of 1,500 units, spread out at 500 units per year. But, with consumer demand skyrocketing, Polestar is now considering increasing the car’s supply to at least accommodate the rising demand. In the meantime, Polestar is scheduled to begin taking €2,500 ($3,000) deposits for the sedan next week.


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The rising demand for the Polestar 1 isn’t a surprise. A lot of people have been talking about since there was an inkling that Volvo was going to develop a model like it. That goes back to 2013 when the Swedish automaker presented the Concept Coupe back in 2013. Since that time, Volvo decided to separate Polestar from itself, raise it as a stand-alone performance brand, and help it develop the Polestar 1 that everyone and their dog seems to have fallen in love with.


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“There are already 6,000 customers who are interested in the car, and that’s without a confirmed price tag.”

In fact, Polestar COO Jon Goodman told Auto Express that there are already 6,000 customers who are interested in the car, and that’s without a confirmed price tag. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that demand for the Polestar 1 has quadrupled the company’s supply plan. If recent trends hold, the demand for the car could increase even more once all details about it are unveiled.

Fortunately, Goodman indicated that supply of the car could easily be doubled if the situation presented itself. Resources shouldn’t be an issue because Polestar has Volvo and parent company Geely backing it up. Infrastructure is also covered because the company is set to open ground on a massive production facility in China where all Polestar 1 units will be made. It’s just a question of piecing the right puzzle pieces together to make sure the picture is complete.


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“Goodman indicated that supply of the car could easily be doubled if the situation presented itself.”

In the meantime, there are other concerns surrounding the Polestar 1 that needs to be ironed out. Chief among them is how exactly are customers going to get their hands on one. For the longest time, Polestar has made it clear that the Polestar 1 will be primarily offered through a subscription service that will include “all-inclusive, no deposit, flat monthly payments.” That seemed straightforward enough, except that Polestar is now actually taking deposits for the model.

Things got even more confusing when reports came out that the Polestar 1 would be priced around €150,000 (around $185,000) if Polestar decided to sell its models outright. All that happened before Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath told Autoblog at the Geneva Motor Show that the brand will rely “100%” on a subscription service.


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“We’re inclined to believe that Polestar is leaning heavily on a subscription service for its models”

So what gives, exactly? We’re inclined to believe that Polestar is leaning heavily on a subscription service for its models because that’s been the dominant narrative since the model was introduced last year. But, if it’s going to follow that method and stick to its earlier claims, why is there a deposit requirement now? Are customers depositing for a slot or the actual car?

Clearly, Polestar needs to set the record straight once and for all. I don’t suppose this confusion is going to be enough to quell the interest in the sedan — it’s an awesome car! — but it should clarify whatever confusion remains on how exactly customers are going to get their hands on one.

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