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The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad — and back at home

There are plenty of things to think about when moving abroad. Fortunately, some of them, like finding a car, don’t have to be as stressful as you imagine.

The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

Moving overseas is a great opportunity to experience a new culture and lifestyle.

Of course, uprooting your life and building a new one abroad isn’t necessarily easy. There’s lots to sort out, from finding the right place to live to figuring out the best place to buy groceries.

Basically, the sooner you’re able to do the everyday things you’re used to doing — whether driving the kids to school or going shopping — the sooner your new home will really start to feel like home.

For many, doing everyday things also involves owning a car. And even if scooting around on four wheels isn’t part of the daily routine in your home country, you may find that your life overseas is made easier with a car of your own.

And thanks to Volvo, owning a car while living abroad doesn’t have to be a hassle — and can actually save you money.

Read more about the benefits of Volvo Cars' Diplomat and Expat schemes

For example, who wouldn’t like to have a brand new custom-ordered Volvo ready and waiting at their next posting so you can drive in style from the very start?

And with Volvo Cars' Diplomat and Expat sales schemes, you can get a new XC60 at a very favourable price.

Not only can you nip around in Volvo’s all-new XC60 during your time abroad — but Volvo also makes it a snap to bring your vehicle back home at the end of your assignment.

The all-new XC60

One of Volvo’s most popular models, the XC60, has been updated to a new version in 2017, making the new XC60 one of the safest and most efficient mid-sized SUVs available.

Its turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine combines with an electric motor giving the new XC60 the lowest CO2 emissions of the range, meaning you can start your life abroad on an eco-friendly foot.

The new XC60 is also Volvo’s most hi-tech car so far, with features that will add comfort and convenience as you adjust to overseas life. The on-board Sensus Navigation system and nine-inch, in-dash touch screen means no wrong turns as you make your way to your new office, shopping centre, or nearest park.

There are even apps to save you time by finding and paying for a parking space or locating the nearest petrol station. These helpful tools will no doubt come in handy when exploring new cities, or when you’re low on petrol and don’t know the area.

Learn more about how to order your own custom Volvo XC60 

The XC60’s voice-activated controls also mean that even as you may struggle to learn a new language, your Volvo will always know what you’re trying to say.

Volvo also has you covered if you’re moving somewhere with extreme weather conditions. Heat and defrost your car remotely on cold mornings with the Volvo On Call app, or start up the air con so it’s cool on hot days. It’s just one of the many thoughtful touches that makes this model the perfect car for any life abroad in any climate.

Safety first

It’s been two and a half years since Volvo pledged that, by 2020, no-one would be seriously injured or killed in one of its new cars or SUVs. The new Volvo XC60 is this pledge in action, with top-of-the-line IntelliSafe safety technology ready to step in when you need it most.

City Safety identifies obstacles on the road – such as cyclists, oncoming vehicles, and large animals – and helps you to avoid or mitigate a collision and steer around them.

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It’s innovations like this, along with safety belt technology that reduces the risk of serious injury in the event of a crash, that are always helpful when getting to know new road and traffic laws.

All in all, the new Volvo XC60 can help make your life overseas just a little easier. Stylish and safe, comfortable and clever, the epitome of Swedish design, your XC60 will be sure to get the neighbours’ attention when you pull into the driveway back home after your posting has come to an end.

And with Volvo Cars' Diplomat and Expat schemes, it’s one less thing to worry about when planning your relocation.

Request a quote on a custom Volvo

Volvo Cars’ full model range is available on its Diplomat and Expat schemes. So whether you’ve always dreamed of owning a Volvo or simply want a good deal in a fantastic car while living abroad, request a quote online, and take advantage of the amazing offer that will let you return home from your time abroad with much more than just memories.

There are Volvo Diplomat dealers in more than 40 countries and your new car can be shipped to your current destination or next posting, so wherever you’re headed you can explore it in style.

Find the nearest Volvo Diplomat and Expat Dealership

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Volvo Cars Diplomat Sales

 

ELECTIONS

Britain to allow ALL citizens living abroad the right to vote

The British government said on Friday it will scrap the 15-year rule that had barred many British voters living abroad from casting a ballot in general elections back home.

Britain to allow ALL citizens living abroad the right to vote
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The UK government said on Friday that the rule that has barred British nationals from voting if they have lived abroad for over 15 years, will be scrapped in time for the 2020 election.

The government published its intention to ditch the unpopular law, which Britons living abroad have long fought against, by publishing a policy statement titled “Democracy that works for everyone”.

“We believe that overseas electors contribute to British society and should be given that democratic right to vote,” the constitution minister Chris Skidmore said.

“We intend to give those overseas electors the chance to register quickly and securely so they will be able to register to vote in time of the 2020 election.”

 

Writing in The Telegraph newspaper Skidmore said: “Being British is about so much more than simply being resident in the UK.

“It doesn’t matter where they live, British citizens are still a part of British society, retaining strong cultural and social ties with their families at home and helping to build businesses abroad,” writes Skidmore.

“The decisions that are made on British shores impact our citizens around the world and indeed many plan to return to live here in the future,” he added.

The Conservative government had pledged to scrap the rule as a pre-election promise but many long-term expats living in the EU were left angered when it became clear the government would not push through the change before the crucial referendum.

Indeed the sentiment among many British nationals abroad on Friday was that the announcement had come too late.

“I would have been delighted. Just a few months ago I would have been ecstatic, but now, faced with the impending loss of my EU citizenship and associated rights, the triumph has lost some savour,” said The Local reader Yvonne Flavin.

Nevertheless those British citizens who had long campaigned against the injustice were happy at Friday’s announcement.

“This is great news,” says France-based Brian Cave. “We are nearly there. We shall vote at the next General Election. All those who have taken part in this long campaign will know that it was worth it and as we kept saying: ‘we will win because we are right’.

“Winston Churchill would have said: ‘This is not the end, but it could be the beginning of the end,'” said Cave.

The government will now draw up a bill which must be given the green light by parliament, but all being well all Britons abroad should be able to cast a vote in 2020. 

The next question is will they give Brits abroad our own MPs?

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