Round-Up: Volvos to warn of hazards, Stop/Start added to Sprinter, New Nissan boss

All Volvos to warn each other of hazards

Volvo alert

All new Volvo cars will be able to communicate with each other to warn drivers nearby of slippery road conditions or hazards by the end of the month.

The Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert work via a cloud-based network and the firm claimed adjusting speeds to the actual traffic situation can radically reduce the risk for accidents, adding that by alerting people to dangers ahead in a timely manner and allowing them to adapt with time to spare, connected safety technologies can support better driver behaviour and boost traffic safety.

“Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “Volvo owners directly contribute to making roads safer for other drivers that enable the feature, while they also benefit from early warnings to potentially dangerous conditions ahead.”

Stop/Start added to Sprinters

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-3

Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced its Sprinter van will be equipped with Stop/Start technology as standard from June onwards.

While the vehicle has been WLTP-compliant, the firm said it took advantage of further WLTP testing to add the technology to the range.

“By taking this opportunity to add Stop/Start technology to our Sprinter range, we once again put ourselves in the most supportive position to help keep our customers’ businesses moving,” said Steve Bridge, the firm’s managing director.

New Nissan UK boss appointed

New Nissan boss

Kalyana Sivagnanam has been named as the new managing director of Nissan in the UK.

He moves to the UK from his previous role as Nissan’s regional vice president of sales and marketing for Africa, Middle-East and India, however, he has 14 years’ experience of working in the UK, mainly for Ford.

“It’s a great time to be joining Nissan in Europe, thanks to established leadership in the crossover segments, exciting new model launches to come, and a clearly defined vision that will meet the needs of future customers, while delivering a profitable return for our UK dealer network,” he said.