Volvo XC90 is SUV of the Year in Russia for 3rd time

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The Volvo XC90 has been crowned as the SUV of the Year in Russia for the third time in four years.

Russian car owners voted the Volvo XC90 the best choice on the market in a competition run by the motoring organisation Club 4×4, in which eight categories are featured.

“There was immensely tough competition and we are very proud over this prestigious award,” says Volvo Car Russia’s public relations director, Alexei Kozhukhov, who received the award at a ceremony in Moscow.

Of 101 models in the competition, 16 went on to the finals.

Car owners voted via a website or sent in SMS text messages with their votes and Volvo XC90 emerged the winner in the category “Full-size SUV”. The Volvo XC90 also received awards in this contest in 2005 and 2006.

“Russia has been the foremost European market in Volvo SUV sales in 2007, so the SUV of the Year contest is an important event in this country,” said David Thomas, president of Volvo Cars in Russia.

“Russians traditionally like big cars – this is the reason why Russia takes the second place right after the USA in the global sales chart of Volvo XC90. So, we are looking forward to the launch of our new crossover, the Volvo XC60,” said Thomas.

Recent Volvo Cars awards in Russia:

  • 2007
    Car of the Year – the all-new Volvo S80, COTY Russia
    Most Glamorous Car of the Year – Volvo C30, Automobili (car magazine)
    Aerograph 2007 – Volvo C30, by Igor Tcholaria for “Best Abstract Aerographic Car”
  • 2008
    Car of the Year – the new Volvo XC70, COTY Russia
    Golden Klaxon (Horn) – Volvo C70 – best convertible
    SUV of the year  – Volvo XC90 the best Full-size crossover – Contest organized by Club 4×4 owners and leading motoring journalists
    “Golden Salamander” prize for safety, Volvo Car Russia – hosted by Finansovy Mir’ (Finance World, Insurance company)