Volvo To Fit All New Cars With 112 MPH Speed Limiter From 2020

All new Volvo models will be fitted with a 112 mph top speed limiter (180km/h) from 2020 onwards, as part of the company’s Vision 2020 safety campaign.

The Swedish automaker aims to have zero fatalities or seriously injuries onboard their cars by 2020, an arguably ambitious goal. In order to achieve its target, Volvo says that no matter how broad the advances in technology, they need to include a focus on driver behavior into the equation.

“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “Because of our research we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”

The top speed limit is just the first step of the many to come, as Volvo is also investigating the benefits of a combination of smart speed control and geofencing technology in order to automatically limit a vehicle’s speed around schools and hospitals in the future.

“We want to start a conversation about whether car makers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that changes their driver´s behaviour, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction,” said Mr. Samuelsson. “We don’t have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”

Traffic accident data shows that speeding is the cause of 25 percent of all traffic fatalities in the US during 2017, according to NHTSA.

“People often drive too fast in a given traffic situation and have poor speed adaption in relation to that traffic situation and their own capabilities as a driver,” said Jan Ivarsson, one of Volvo Cars’ leading safety experts. “We need to support better behaviour and help people realise and understand that speeding is dangerous.”

Volvo will also take precaution measures against other safety issues in the future, including intoxication and distraction; these two problems are also major causes of traffic fatalities and the company is going to present its ideas for tackling them at a special safety event on March 20.

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  • KF

    This will be the new norm among automakers soon anyway

  • Rocket

    Once again Volvo is patting themselves on the back for safety all the while offering one of the most distracting infotainment systems on the market. If they were really serious about safety, they’d bring back physical controls.

    • salamOOn

      volvo should check the interior of the new kia telluride….. and rip off that awesome AC panel.

    • Nordschleife

      If they lower the speed people can focus on the entertainment more lol.

  • Gustavo Adriano

    What a mess… So, Volvo’s can also limit horsepower, couldn’t? What about a S60 R design with 150hp? Hahaha how ironic…

    • Alex87f

      You could get the last gen R-Design with the 1.6 liter 116hp diesel so why not..

  • StrangerGP

    I predict a lot of customers for workshops offering removals of speed limiters.

  • mihsf

    The Germans also have a self-imposed 250 km/h limit on most models to reduce fatalities, and it dates back to the 1990s.

    • psiqtas

      Yes, and than they find out to charge extra to have it disabled…isn’t that ingenious?

  • Kagan

    Why then buy a heavy boring car when you could have some more nimble and funny?

  • Momogg

    Well. In 2020 > 180km/h, 2025 > 150km/h, 2030 > 100km/h, 2040 > 50km/h = autonomous/robots. Good luck to everyone.

  • Stephen G

    If they were serious about safety they would limit speed to posted limits and also limit horse power. I feel Volvo only uses safety as a marketing campaign. If they were serious they would only sell cars to people with a clean driving record or at least make classes to advanced driving schools mandatory How about infotainment systems whose settings can only be adjusted when the car is stationary.

    • Merc1

      Volvo’s safety engineering and prowess is clearly NOT just a marketing campaign. They’re one of the best in the business at safety.


  • Bo Hanan

    So basically Volvo is saying; “if you enjoy cars stay away from our brand.”
    This seems a reaction to losers who cannot drive and females who do not understand cars.

    • europeon

      Nobody who is enjoying cars is buying a Volvo anyway.

      • lol why? I love Volvo and loved my Saab. I’m kid behind a stupid fun car. But to daily, at legal speeds… A Volvo is a great car. And it’s already way faster than legal road speeds. Being massaged, cooled with your favorite music with in a silent car with a easy steering wheel is different but as enjoyable as tossing a Fiesta ST on a mountain road, or a Porsche Cayman on a cliff road. A Manual Diesel XC70 5 Pot with 215hp, 420 NM is way more fun than you need for every day.

        • europeon

          Bro, Saabs are awesome, but Volvos… They’re just transportation devices and that’s about it. I don’t think they even want them to be more than that.

          • Momogg

            Yes! Saab + Turbo + T5 suite = 😍

  • I’m told my Datsun can do 255 km/h / 158 mph, I’ve never tried it but I like knowing if I ever wanted to I could.
    I probably won’t.

    Volvo wants to take that away, no thanks.
    After all what’s life without the yearning for things we don’t need and we’ll probably never do?

    • Stephen G

      How do you know your car isn’t already limited to 112? What if it was and you just didn’t know?

  • This is a very easy discussion to get people over-exaggerated with.

    Ask yourselves, when was the last time you broke 80mph? What is the fastest you’ve ever driven? How many times have you done that? How fast do you drive when you have other people in the car?

    The fastest I’ve ever been in my car is 95mph – a considerable way off the 112mph limit. For those who own hot hatches, do you regularly drive over an 80mph limit, especially on a daily drive? I’m going to assume the answer is no. You can have boring cars and you can have fun cars but the top speed is not what defines them. If we’re going to embrace an EV future then we may as well start getting used to having these top speeds very anyway.

    Also, if you think this insignificant factor is enough to put you off buying a Volvo, then you’re clearly not buying it for the excellent cars they are. Or all the standard safety equipment. Or the great designs. Or the luxury feel to the interiors. Or the great motorway cruisers / practical family cars. Or the great range of technology offered. Or the build quality. Or the efficency of the engines. Or the experience of Volvo ownership. I can keep going.

    • europeon

      Ask yourselves, when was the last time you broke 80mph?


      What is the fastest you’ve ever driven?

      Around 310 km/h.

      How many times have you done that?

      More than I can count.

      How fast do you drive when you have other people in the car?

      Over 200 km/h usually, but I’ve driven 250-260 km/h.

      But I agree with what you said about people owning Volvos, which raises a new question: how many people drive their Volvos over 180 km/h and how many incidents/deaths have occurred over that speed.

    • Nordschleife

      Well I break 80 miles per hour everyday but I get your overall point. I’d raised that 80 to 90 and then I’d agree with all of this.

    • Axel Cortez

      question 1: This morning, but I live in Panama
      question 2: 324km/h in a GT2
      question 3: not clear on what question, but if I’m in a fast car I will see how fast it can go and usually driver over 80mph on speedways
      question 4: same as usual, but I don’t text, speak, or distract myself while driving and if I’m going fast I focus even more.
      question 5: top speed has never been an issue when buying a car most of them are limited at 155mph and I remove the limiter asap

  • RysterARCEE

    This is a non-issue. Anyone driving 112mph on public roads in the United States should have their driving privileges permanently revoked. There have been numerous studies done showing that drivers who drive the speed limit typically arrive at their destination within a few minutes of a “speeder”. True times savings only come into play on long distance trips where exceeding the limit can be sustained for extended periods of time. Shorter trips, especially those with numerous traffic signals, see little to no benefit to speeding.

    Volvo will lose no sales based on this. They should now concentrate on making their cars more reliable [or at the very least cheaper/easier to repair.]

    • NormT

      That’s me at the bottom of the onramp trying to merge…there is a hole up there…hold my beer! 😉

    • Nick G

      Permanently revoked huh? Live a little… see what your car can do on a deserted highway at 2 am. You might enjoy yourself. Volvo is engaging in corporate virtue signaling, nothing more.

  • Merc1

    Another reason not to every buy one. Who cares about top speed when all offer is 4-cylinders across the board? PASS.


    • Momogg

      Old gen V60 Polstar is interesting with his straight six. 😊

      • Merc1

        Their cars need an I6 now.


    • Alx

      Volvo is doing just fine without you buying one.

      • Merc1



  • dll1183

    They’ll limit their cars to 112, but I’m sure the speedometers will still read to 160.
    I’ve never understood cars that read amounts well in excess of what they were capable of.


    • Marty

      Generally, 250 km/h is twice as dangerous as 180 km/h.
      The kinetic energy is doubled. Breaking distance is doubled. Collision force is doubled.
      But of course, even with 180 km/h you are way beyond the collision speed the car is made for. 🙂

      It’s more interesting to compare 80 km/h with 100 km/h (50 vs 60 mph for the metrically challenged) since that’s often the difference between keeping the usual speed limit or not:

      At 80 km/h you have a 75 % chance of surviving a frontal collision.
      At 100 km/h you have 10 %.

      • Axel Cortez

        ok that is if you don’t react and crash at 100km/h right? I mean if you are travelling at 100km/h and something happens and you brake you will slow down to a safer point

        • McFly

          Yes, naturally.

          But higher speed also gives you much less ability – in a number of ways – to react and decrease your speed.

          E.g if you drive at 100 km/h, you might be able to slow down to 80, but if you drive at 80 km/h you might get down to 40 in the same situation. Which might very well be the difference between a collision at 80 km/h and no collision at all.

          • Axel Cortez

            just wanted to understand the stats I know if you are traveling at lower speeds you might reach even lower by reacting

  • brn

    For the last couple of decades, a lot of cars sold in the US have been limited to 112mph. It’s quite possible that US sold Volvo’s were limited to 112 while they were run by Ford.

    A primary contributing factor to selecting 112mph is that it’s a relatively common speed rating for tires (S rating) on family vehicles. They didn’t want the liability of allowing the vehicle to exceed the speed of the tire rating.

  • Preston Samuel.Lee, NH

    Why not 35 mph? Wouldnt that save even more lives? Another major cause is distraction. So why did they put that unbelievably complex touch screen in the middle of the dash? Volvo! Get a Life!

    • Tostik

      Really? The touch screen is easy.

      • Preston Samuel.Lee, NH

        You mush live on Fifth Avenue where the street is always dead flat. Try the touch screen on a New Hampshire frost-wharped road at fifty miles per hour! Audi/BMW/others have it right, with their console dial.

        • Tostik

          I live in Colorado with lots of curves on Mountain roads, sometimes with patches of snow.

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