Mr. Håkan Samuelsson, President, and CEO of Volvo Car Group, was at an event in Gothenburg, Sweden to receive the prestigious Women’s World Car of the Year award for the Volvo XC90.
Seven of the twenty-two women jurors were in attendance, representing six of the seventeen countries that make up the Women’s World Car of the Year. Countries represented at the event were the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey and the USA.
Sandy Myhre, New Zealand, presented the trophy for the supreme award – a hand-carved wooden trophy depicting a curled fern frond known in her country as the koru. The sculptor was Hugh McKechnie from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Sue Baker, UK, presented Volvo with a certificate acknowledging the XC90 winning the supreme trophy.
Lou Ann Hammond, USA, presented the certificate for the XC90 winning the SUV-Crossover category and surprised Mr. Samuelsson with a signed bottle of her hometown California wine, grown and produced personally by race car driver and Vintner Scott Pruett.
Volvo created an exclusive event for the visiting jury members that included a look at Volvo Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), two new Concept Cars, an insight into Volvo’s plans for the new product, color, design, safety and child safety in the C Premium Segment.
The women motoring writers also had the opportunity to discuss Volvo’s future cars with executives, including the company’s Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Peter Mertens, and were given an overview of Volvo’s autonomous self-driving program that will begin next year.
It’s the first time Volvo has hosted a press event just for women. Given the line-up of cars already earmarked for the brand’s future, Mr. Samuelsson suggested it would not be the last.
Category winners in the 2015 Women’s World Car of the Year are:
Family Car: Renault Espace
Budget Car: Scion iM/Toyota Auris
SUV Crossover: Volvo XC90
Green Car: BMW i8
Luxury Car: Mercedes S-Class
Performance Car: Mercedes GT AMG
Dream Car Category: Mazda MX-5
- Jury Members
Alicia Rywewski Argentina
Charlene Clarke South Africa
Geraldine Herbert Ireland
* Holly Reich USA
Jacqui Madelin New Zealand
Jaedene Hudson Australia
Jil McIntosh Canada
Juliet Potter Australia
Lauren Fix USA
* LouAnn Hammond USA
* Marta Garcia Fernandez Spain
Maggie Barry Scotland
Mebi Hoa Huyen Vietnam
* Odiel Mennink The Netherlands
Regina Chan Canada
Renuka Kirpilani India
* Sevil Okumus Turkey
* Sandy Myhre New Zealand
* Sue Baker England
Ylle Rajasaar Estonia
* Jurors in attendance in Sweden