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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 teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross used the Internet of Things to connect to the My Mitsubishi Connect app

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Mitsubishi has enlisted Aeris and Dealer-FX to better connect owners to their vehicles. Using integrations with the Aeris Mobility Services and Dealer-FX ONE platforms, the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will now enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

The system will push timely notifications from the vehicle to the app and the owner's smart mobile device allowing them to act in a matter of seconds rather than trying to remember that a warning light cane in while operating the vehicle.

"Mitsubishi customers are dreamers, achievers, entrepreneurs – active in their communities and in their family homes, and their time is extremely valuable," said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA. "The My Mitsubishi Connect app allows us to enhance their experience, be more efficient with their time and continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high quality, top value vehicles with leading-edge technology in the U.S."

This isn't the company's first IoT foray. When it debuted, Mitsubishi Road Assist+ was the first hardware-free, smartphone-based app provided by an OEM that allowed owners to realize the cost savings of usage-based insurance without having to own "connected car" with built-in telematics capabilities or aftermarket-installed telematics hardware.

Mitsubishi continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. The company recently relocated its headquarters from California to the Nashville, Tennessee area near where Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance member Nissan has its North American headquarters.

The company recently announced a partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Mitsubishi executives, among other benefits.

The My Mitsubishi Connect and Mitsubishi Road Assist+ apps are currently available on the Google Play store and the Apple's App Store for use on Android and iOS devices.

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