Interview: A Conversation with Polestar CEO and Design Director Thomas Ingenlath

Volvo’s performance brand doesn’t want to be anything like Tesla

Designers rarely get to run the show at carmakers. Think of Michelangelo commissioning his own sculptures and you understand why people who control purse strings tend to keep the creatives at bay. But Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Volvo’s new stand alone Polestar brand—and the former VP of Design at Volvo who before that had design responsibilities at both Volkswagen and Audi—might just be a smart …

Interview: Volvo VP of Design, Thomas Ingenlath

Discussing the V90 Cross Country and why it's defined as a rugged wagon

by Michael Frank After Volvo debuted the V90 earlier this year, its loveliest wagon in ages, it has been announced that it will come (in late 2017 in the US) with a slightly lifted version, the V90 Cross Country. It’s penned by the same hand that brought us the new XC90, the S90 and the V90, that of design head Thomas Ingenlath, a German working …

Volvo Concept Coupé

A firsthand look at the Swedish automaker's turbocharged plug-in hybrid

The history of Volvo is a storied one. Various ownership changes over the past decades and an arguable dearth in design innovation—the very quality that made the brand a beloved staple of intelligence in the industry—coupled with a few poor financial years has really put pressure on the brand to deliver. As one of Sweden’s last standing global car brands, the Gothenburg-based automaker sought to …