All 2021 Volvo Cars Will Have a 112-MPH Speed Limit, or Lower … If You Want

Volvo announced today that all of its 2021 model-year cars will have a top speed limited to 112 mph and come with a Care Key that allows owners to set an even lower top speed before loaning it to another driver or letting a younger family member drive. In setting the limit, the automaker makes a bold declaration that safety is of top importance — “even if this means losing potential customers.”

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“We believe that a carmaker has a responsibility to help improve traffic safety,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in the automaker’s home country of Sweden. “Our speed-limiting technology, and the dialogue that it initiated, fits that thinking. The speed cap and Care Key help people reflect and realize that speeding is dangerous, while also providing extra peace of mind and supporting better driver behavior.”

The limit will apply to all 2021 Volvo models — even the higher-performance Polestar Engineered lineup. Reports from 2019, when Volvo first announced this intention, indicate that only in very specific instances (police vehicles, for example) would it build cars without this limit. Customers also won’t be able to remove the limit, according to those same reports. The limit will not, however, apply to Volvo-affiliated Polestar, which manufactures the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 high-performance luxury electric vehicles, and is a separate brand from the Polestar Engineered line.

In addition to addressing excessive speeding, Volvo says it will be taking steps in future vehicles to combat additional causes of traffic fatalities — distraction and intoxication — on its way to its goal of “a future with zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries.”

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