Polestar unveils their first auto as an independent company


Adding to the overall flashy look of the Polestar 1 is the rear windshield which wraps itself over the roof and down across the front of the vehicle giving the sporty Polestar 1 an even sleeker look and feel.

Not only did the Volvo Coupe look stunning, it showed that Volvo had truly moved on from staid design to a bright new future of cool Scandi appeal. With that being said, nothing has gotten me more excited than the release of the utterly gorgeous Polestar 1 by Volvo.

The Polestar 1 itself was produced from this type of synergy.

The Polestar 1 - with a nominal pricetag of 130,000 euros to 150,000 euros ($153,000-$176,000) - will go into production in the western Chinese city of Chengdu in mid-2019.

Polestar 1 is based on Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) but approximately 50% is new and bespoke, created by Polestar's engineers. That gives the vehicle the record for longest fully electric range amongst available hybrid cars. Polestar expects that most customers would use the vehicle in electric mode only for most of the trips. It will be called as the Polestar 1 and the production is expected to start by mid-2019. Its particular combination of electric motors and Drive-E engine puts out roughly 600 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, promising some admirable performance on the street.

It seems unlikely that the company will put it into production, unless it plans a chassis option for American motorhomes, but it could indicate that the Jeep will get creative with concept models of the new Wrangler that is due to debut in 2018.

Interestingly, Volvo and parent company Geely are using the launch of Polestar as an opportunity to step away from the traditional sales and ownership model, toward what could very well become a growing market paradigm. A maximum of 500 cars will be built per year and all those will be offered on a subscription basis. Polestar will build a network of brand-specific retail spaces for those that do want a physical vehicle browsing/buying experience. The costs will include insurance and maintenance.