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Volvo launches initiative to hire more U.S. military veterans to service hybrids

Volvo is looking for veterans who want to become hybrid vehicle technicians.

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Volvo isn't just building its presence in the U.S. with its new South Carolina plant and influx of dealerships nationwide, they're also looking for a few good men and women to join their new army of certified automotive technicians.

The company's fresh Veteran Technician Careers Program U.S. military veterans as well as National Guard and Reserve members, for careers as Volvo Quality Level Technicians and Volvo Hybrid Specialists across its U.S. dealership network.

Volvo USA military dealership ad Volvo recently launched a campaign aimed at recently separated military personnel.Photo courtesy of Volvo Car USA

To become either a Volvo Quality Level Technician or Volvo Hybrid Specialist, participants first complete a comprehensive training program at one of several Volvo Cars Training Centers across the U.S. The four-week program combines eLearning with resident training, followed by a year of on-the-job training at a participating Volvo Cars retailer through a competency-based, registered apprenticeship program.

Those eligible for GI Bill benefits can receive a monthly stipend to aid in their successful transition from military service to a new career with a participating Volvo Cars retailer.

Volvo worked with Calibre Systems Inc. to develop the program. Calibre is an employee-owned management consulting and digital transformation company that supports defense, federal/civil, national security, and commercial clients. The companies will place up to 120 former military members in the U.S. dealer network annually through this program.

In the past six years, Volvo has introduced a completely redesigned lineup. The company now produces the Volvo XC90, XC60, and XC40 SUVs; S90 and S60 sedans; and V90, V90 CC, V60, and V60 wagons.

The company opened its South Carolina plant in 2018 after three years of construction. The S60 is currently made at the factory for domestic sale and export. Volvo Car University, a workforce training and leadership development facility, opened in 2019. The next-generation Volvo XC90 will be built at the plant starting in 2022.

Those interested in the program may apply online at www.VolvoCarTechs.com

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The first Hummer EVs are rolling off the line.

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After a year filled with delays and production issues, General Motors has a great reason to celebrate. The first GMC Hummer EV Pickups are rolling off the production line and will be in buyers' driveways soon. The first, VIN 001, was purchased at a Barret-Jackson auction back in March for $2.5 million, but the rest were sold at the EV's asking price, which starts at $110,295.

The Hummer EV comes as Chevrolet announces that orders will open for the Silverado EV in early January, and as Ford readies the F-150 Lightning for production. It also lands just as Rivian is getting its R1T pickups out the door, so we've moved from zero electric pickups to several in the span of just a few months.

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The GMC Hummer EV offers several enticing features that include a four-wheel "CrabWalk" function for diagonal movement around off-road obstacles, adaptive air suspension, a Watts to Freedom (WTF) mode that allows the hefty EV to scoot from 0-60 mph in just three seconds, and Super Cruise, GM's hands-free driving system.

GMC sold out of the Edition 1 Hummer, but reservations for other models are still open. The vehicle is being built at GM's Factory Zero facility in Detroit-Hammtramck, and will be joined by the Silverado EV when its production commences. The plant saw a $2.2 billion renovation to produce EVs and is key to GM's early electrified successes.

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Insurance company Hagerty compiled a list of cars it thinks will climb in value and price.

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Vehicle prices have grown across the board this year, but collector car prices have been on the move for years. The world of online car auctions and car shows such as Radwood have driven attention to obscure and otherwise unknown cars, pushing their prices. Insurance and overall automotive lifestyle company Hagerty is stepping in to help. It complied a list of vehicles that it believes are currently a good value and have potential to climb. The Hagerty Bull Market List covers ten vehicles of all types.

Hagerty’s list is expansive, covering several vehicle types, prices, and time periods. The list features vehicles built between 1963 and 2012, and is designed to nudge people into buying cars before they become unattainable. This is especially important now, as online auction sites have moved the markets for some previously obscure cars well past the point of reason.

The Bull Market List isn’t intended to give you an inside track on car values so that you can flip them for quick profit. Instead, the list should give you the push you need if you’re already on the fence about buying a car to keep and drive a cool vehicle. Hagerty wants people to buy the cars and have the ability to pass them on to other enthusiasts without charging exorbitant prices.

The Bull Market List includes (with excellent condition pricing):

  • 1965-1970 Cadillac DeVille ($28,800)
  • 1969-1974 Ferrari 246 Dino ($365,800)
  • 1983-1997 Land Rover Defender ($61,400)
  • 1979-1985 Mazda RX-7 ($17,600)
  • 1962-1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL ($80,500)
  • 1963-1967 Pontiac GTO ($100,200)
  • 1992-1995 Porsche 968 ($38,000)
  • 1985-1995 Suzuki Samurai ($10,200)
  • 2008-2012 Tesla Roadster Sport ($97,000)
  • 1975-1993 Volvo 245 ($15,800)

If you’re considering one of the vehicles on the list and have the means, it’s a good idea to act in the near future. Vehicle prices are rising due to supply chain shortages to the point that even older cars are climbing. That, plus the effects of online car auctions, have made it hard to find a good value car.

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