I almost stopped reading because of this strange initial confusion between Volvo and Saab. I have owned both Swedish Volvos and even a DAF, so I do have a trifle of history, albeit nothing remotely comparable to Colin Powell, but not many people are as Volvophilic as is he. Otherwise I found your review very interesting and relevant.
It was surprising to see you not mention Geely especially because they build the Polestar and have quite a few BEVs, mostly in China but also own the iconic London taxi which now has not only the TX taxi and Shuttle but a van too. That is not to mention the Smart and so on, plus that they are non-government owned.
't want to belabor those points but do want to assert that Geely is quite determined to innovate, so I fully expect to see rapid improvements to Polestar products. Sooner or later they'll probably have some Polestar products built in Sweden and might even label them as Volvo. In the meantime they'll have OTA updates and improvements in packaging too. We will soon see one that is not a derivation of ICE, but that may take an eternity in Geely-time, like three years or so.
No question I don't want a Polestar 2. That could easily change when the next ones comes along.
Oh, there’s no confusion. Saab were well known for their involvement in aerospace, but Volvo’s involvement in aerospace pre-dates Saab’s efforts by quite a few years. In fact it was Volvo that supplied the jet power to Saab for their very first jet aircraft, the 21R. In later years they were the major engine provider to the Swedish Air Force, and provided the major combustion components components for the engines on ESA’s Ariane rockets.
As for Geely? Well I was trying to keep the review brief and restrict it to the car itself, but there’s no doubt that after fords starvation rations the money and freedom that Geely brought to the party has resulted in some exceptional cars. If their bankroll holds out long enough they might even do the same for Lotus.