GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN – The Volvo XC70 has been voted Car of the Year in Russia. For the second time in three years, Volvo Car’s image-booster has taken first prize in the “Estate Car with Off-Road Capability” category. A total of 104,722 people voted in 19 different categories this year, the eighth time the competition has been held.


In the crossover category, the Volvo XC70 won ahead of the Audi All Road Quattro and Subaru Legacy Outback. Anouk Poelmann, sales and marketing director of Volvo Car Russia received the award. This is the second time in three years that the XC70 has won in this category. In 2006 it was the previous generation of the Volvo XC70 that clinched first prize in the same class.


Volvo Car Russia held a lottery with a V50 going to one of the participants in the competition. The winner was an 18-year-old man from Nizhniy Novgorod.


Volvo Car’s sales in Russia during 2007 was 21,077 cars. That was an increase of 95 percent compared with the year before. More information is available on the Volvo Car Russian Web site (in Russian only): http://www.volvocars.com/ru.