Volvo Philippines set sail to Hong Kong for the first ever Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) stop in Asia’s world city, Hong Kong. One of the toughest and most prestigious sailing events in the world, the Volvo Ocean Race marks its first time to dock on Hong Kong’s shores, thanks to the cooperation with the Hong Kong Sailing Federation.
The Volvo S90 Plug-in Hybrid (foreground) and S90 Excellence displayed at the Volvo Ocean Race Village.
One of the competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race, Turn the Tide on Plastic, hopes to raise awareness about the growing amount of waste in our oceans.
The Volvo XC40, soon to arrive in the Philippine market.
The Volvo Ocean Race experience
Moored on the former Kai TakAirport Runway, the state-of-the-art cruise terminal, with its impressive 360-degree view of Victoria harbor and expansive grounds served as the home of the Volvo Ocean Race from 17-31 January 2018. The newpark’s berths were home to VOR’s fleet of seven 65-ft. yachts that brought the race closer to locals and foreigners.
Winners of Volvo’s All Aboard Holiday Offer as well as the Volvo Alumni Golf Cup 2017 champions were present to partake of the festivities. Top executives from the country’s exclusive importer and distributor as well as sales partners from across the country, were also on hand to host the Volvo clients and their guests, as well as accompany them around the Volvo Ocean Race Village.
In addition to the exhilarating in-port race, RIB boat experience, boatyard exposure, concerts, delectable food kiosks, insightful talks and conferences, and other on- ground activities, Volvo has also set up display and test drive areas for its newest models, which includes the Volvo V90 Plug-In Hybrid, the Volvo V90 Cross Country Ocean Race Edition, the Volvo S90 T8 Excellence and Inscription variants, and the recently unveiled Volvo XC40.The XC90 could be test driven on the Volvo Car Test Track — an elliptical, roller-coaster style course which includes challenging road conditions like a bumpy track, steep climbs and tight turns.
Exciting new Volvos
The unique experience wasn’t just a reward for Volvo’s All Aboard Holiday and Volvo Alumni Golf Cup 2017 winners, it also served as a teaser of exciting new models to come.
“We are definitely looking forward to having new additions to our already impressive range. With the new price positioning that we have, brought about by the recent excise tax implementation, there is a possibility that some, if not all, of these Volvos here, will be made available to the local market within 2018,” said Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla,Volvo Philippines CEO and President.
The new excise tax rates make Volvo vehicles now more competitive to the Philippine market. Also, the government strengthens its thrust to promote environmental consciousness by supporting automobiles using hybrid and fully electric engines through significant tax exemptions. This policy paves the way for Volvo Philippines to fully introduce to the local market the Volvo range of hybrid and electric models. This drivetrain electrification technology is Volvo Car Corporations product development focus for all future Volvo models.
Turning the tide on plastic
The pairing of Volvo cars and ocean-going yachts is quite apt as the Volvo Ocean Race strengthens its dedication to driving social and environmental issues to the forefront. By putting sustainability at its heart, it focuses on taking action against the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic pollution in the ocean through its “Turn the Tide on Plastic” program. Hand in hand with the United Nation’s Clean Seas campaign, Volvo aims to raise awareness of ocean health and other key issues by way committing to three pillars in its sustainability strategy: to minimize the race’s own footprint with a particular focus on reducing, and where possible, eliminating the single-use plastic in the Race Villages; to maximize the race’s impact with global communications to spread awareness and action on Ocean Health and plastic pollution; and to leave a positive legacy wherever it goes, through actions like the Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts capturing data while at sea and contributing to our understanding of the oceans in the most remote areas of the planet.