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      07-29-2018 05:34 PM #1
      VISTA is Volvo's technical awards program. "Volvo International Service Training Award". It's a competition run every two years, pitting technician and service advisor teams against one another for a chance to go to Sweden for a week.

      I was lucky to win VISTA for the second time this year (I won last in 2012), so I spent an all-expenses paid trip to Gothenburg last month with about 200 other Volvo teams from around the world. The last couple years, they added a World Championship competition, with one team from each country competing. We were the "runner up" team from Canada, so we got an extra free day, rather than competing, which I was more than ok with.

      Here's a bit of a mash-up of photos from my trip. (some are my own, others are official photos from the event)


      Nice Polo GTI outside the hotel


      New V60


      The Competition





      Volvo Museum







      Factory Tour





      Crash Centre (new S60 still under wraps)





      City Tour & Liseberg






      I won this 2kg Chocolate Bar, which assisted in my gaining of ~10lbs last month.


      Hallered - High Speed test track, Polestar experience (driven on track by Formula 2 drivers), & private Saab Gripen* Airshow










      We had to build our own go-karts and race them, with pointers from various pro racing drivers, including Formula 1 driver, Marcus Ericsson






      We also were well fed and lubricated throughout the events




      Lots of sight seeing, nature stuff, etc




      The Volvo Ocean Race was also stopping in Gothenburg while we were there




      On our free day, one of the guys from Connecticut and I took the train to Trollhatten to check out the Saab Museum









      In the end, Canada placed 4th in the competition, that was won by Estonia this year.




      VISTA is one hell of a unique program, especially for a "small" automaker. I've been very lucky to perform well enough to be involved, and hopefully I can keep it up and go back again in the future.

      Last edited by Fettes Brot; 07-30-2018 at 11:59 AM.

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    3. 07-29-2018 05:40 PM #2
      That is beyond cool.


      I give you credit. The SPA cars haven’t been perfect and are quite the machines to work and fix problems with.

      Excellent work


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      07-29-2018 06:06 PM #3
      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing

    5. 07-29-2018 06:17 PM #4
      Thats dope. Is that what the kids are saying these days. If i could find a yellow 850R like that.

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      07-29-2018 06:19 PM #5
      More SAAB photos, please.

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      07-29-2018 06:44 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Lwize View Post
      More SAAB photos, please.
      Twist my arm.

      I loved the Saab museum. You can tell though that it is supported by private donations and ticket sales, compared to the Volvo Museums' corporate backing. The cars are packed into a small space, the lighting was poor, and we were just about the only people in there.

      Trollhatten was an interesting place too. A little rougher than Gothenburg. Tons of Saabs still on the streets, where in Gothenburg it was mostly Volvo & VW. And unlike Gothenburg, English was less common, so my six weeks of Duolingo were put to limited use.










      I have more too if there's anything you're interested in in particular, I just didn't upload everything to imgur

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      07-29-2018 07:05 PM #7
      Just epic!
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      07-29-2018 07:52 PM #8
      Wow, lots of really cool stuff. Thanks for sharing

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      07-29-2018 10:06 PM #9
      That’s so awesome! Thanks for sharing those pictures, and congrats on winning the title in Canada! Looks like you had a great time in Sweden

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      07-29-2018 10:25 PM #10
      SAAB didn't deserve to die.

      Where's their Chinese benefactor, like Volvo's?

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      07-29-2018 11:08 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Lwize View Post
      SAAB didn't deserve to die.

      Where's their Chinese benefactor, like Volvo's?
      I love SAAB, but the more I think about it, the more I'm surprised that they even lasted as long as they did. In their whole history they really only made like 3 or 4 cars. From 1969 to 1994 they sold the 99/900 and either the little egg shaped one or the 9000 as a second option. Can you imagine walking into a car dealership and being able to choose between only two 8 year old sedans? I guess the Sonnet was also in the mix for a little while, but I don't think that those ever sold very well. American car companies only had one model each in the 50s, but they soon grew out of that and even then they refreshed or entirely replaced them every single year.




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      07-29-2018 11:23 PM #12
      Dude, awesome. Nice to see Volvo still doing trips like these.

      How much more cheaply-built are the SPA and CMA cars than the P3?

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      07-29-2018 11:28 PM #13
      Congrats, OP! That's a hell of a prize.

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      07-30-2018 12:11 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by MAGICGTI View Post
      Dude, awesome. Nice to see Volvo still doing trips like these.

      How much more cheaply-built are the SPA and CMA cars than the P3?
      I'm not sure I understand the question. Cheaply built, as in material quality, manufacturing errors, or otherwise?

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      07-30-2018 12:23 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Fettes Brot View Post
      I'm not sure I understand the question. Cheaply built, as in material quality, manufacturing errors, or otherwise?
      From P2 to P3 there seemed to be a decline in things such as rustproofing, so really just curious if they're built to last as they have been before.

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      07-30-2018 12:29 AM #17
      Cool trip, thanks for sharing.
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      07-30-2018 01:34 AM #18
      Love it! Sounds like a super rad program, and just another reason for me to keep flying the "volvo" flag

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      07-30-2018 08:39 AM #19
      Awesome pix!

      I got to Gothenburg 3-4 times a year, for work, but never get to do any car-related stuff.
      I do enjoy walking around the city and seeing all of the odd American cars there, however!

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      07-30-2018 08:42 AM #20
      Cool photos. Thanks for sharing.

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      07-30-2018 11:22 AM #21
      This was great! Looks like so much fun.

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      07-30-2018 11:34 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by MAGICGTI View Post
      From P2 to P3 there seemed to be a decline in things such as rustproofing, so really just curious if they're built to last as they have been before.
      I guess that's hard to say at this point. If you take a look at the difference between P2 & P3 suspension, things are WAY more stout on the P3. So while the rust proofing isn't as good on the P3, some things are better than on the P2. The rust issue is something I've only really seen on XC60 front fenders though, and the occasional front roof line. Most of the P3 lineup still seems ok, but I'm also not in a rust prone area of the continent. The SPA suspension seems even beefier, but not enough cars with enough miles to say for sure so far. The biggest issues on the P5 cars has been software related, not mechanical. And like when the P2 XC90 came out, they're burning through brake pads in less than 50k km, but I'm not sure how much you can expect with a 6000 lb SUV with comfort/low noise pads.

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      07-30-2018 11:45 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Lwize View Post
      SAAB didn't deserve to die.

      Where's their Chinese benefactor, like Volvo's?
      A Chinese company called "NEVS" is.



      Apparently, there are still ~1000 people working at the factory developing electric cars for the Chinese market on the 9-3 platform.

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      07-30-2018 12:09 PM #25
      Congrats on the trip and looks like it was worth all the hard work it took to get there.
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