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First-Ever Cruise Ship Christened In Shanghai!

Viking Cruises Expands As Fourth Ship Sails Into China

SHANGHAI, CHINA – How do you possibly top a sold-out 141-day world cruise from Miami to London?  Possibly with an historic stop in Shanghai – the first time one of Viking’s ocean ships has called in China.

Viking Sun, the fourth ocean cruise ship from the river cruise giant was just officially christened during a spectacular celebration on The Bund.

Classified as a “small ship” by Cruise Critic, the 930-guest, 47,800-ton vessel arrived this morning, navigating into the mouth of the Yangtze River and then up the Huangpu River to a warm welcome from locals and boats in the harbor.

Mrs. Yi Lou, Vice President of China Merchant Bank Financial Leasing (CMBFL), served as ceremonial godmother and offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for Viking Sun – a naval tradition that dates back thousands of years. In keeping with the christening custom, Mrs. Yi Lou also cut a ribbon that allowed a bottle of Norwegian aquavit to break on the ship’s hull.

When the voyage ends in London in early May, passengers will have visited five continents, 35 countries and 64 ports. Viking Sun will continue to sail the globe during a second World Cruise, a 128-day itinerary from Miami to London, which departs in January 2019.


– Exclusive video of the Viking Sun being christened in a spectacular ceremony in Shanghai

– Sound with Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen

– Footage of the ship on its World Cruise in Australia

– Video of what the ship looks like inside and out!

Polestar Unveils Its First Car – The Polestar 1

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, has today revealed its future as a new standalone electric performance brand. Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.

Polestar also unveiled the 600hp Polestar 1, the company’s first car, which is set to roll off the production line in mid-2019. Polestar’s technology and product offering benefits from synergies and economies of scale enabled by the Volvo Car Group, helping Polestar to accelerate design, development and production processes at fraction of the time it takes other new entrants.

Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said; “Polestar 1 is the first car to carry the Polestar on the bonnet. A beautiful GT with cutting edge technology – a great start for our new Polestar brand. All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand”.

The Polestar 1 will form a halo for the future Polestar brand. The Polestar 1 is a two-door, 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupé with an ‘Electric Performance Hybrid’ drivetrain. An electric car supported by an internal combustion engine, it has a range of 150kms on pure electric power alone – the longest full electric range of any hybrid car on the market. Its output of 600hp and 1000Nm of torque places the car firmly in the performance car segment.

The Polestar 1 is based upon Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) but approximately 50% is new and bespoke, created by Polestar’s engineers. To reinforce its dynamic driving characteristics, Polestar 1 benefits from a host of new technologies, all aimed at making it a true driver’s car. Polestar 1 is the world’s first car to be fitted with the all-new class-leading Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) advanced chassis technology. A carbon fibre body reduces bodyweight and improves torsional stiffness by 45%, as well as lowering the cars’ centre of gravity. Additionally, Polestar 1 uses a double electric rear axle which enables torque vectoring. This supports the driver with precise acceleration on each wheel to keep the maximum road grip and maintain speed while cornering.

The Polestar 1 will be built in the state-of-the-art, purpose-built Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China. Currently under construction, it is due for completion in mid-2018.

Polestar will also move away from today’s traditional ownership model. Cars will be ordered 100% online and offered on a two or three year subscription basis. The zero-deposit, all-inclusive subscription will also add features such as pick-up and delivery servicing and the ability to rent alternative vehicles within the Volvo and Polestar range, all incorporated into one monthly payment.

The flat rate subscription means that having a Polestar car becomes a hassle free experience for the customer. This is facilitated by Phone-As-Key technology. It allows the owner to share a virtual key with a third party, and also enables access to a host of other on-demand features. This concierge service ensures that the customer only needs to focus on the enjoyment of driving.

All future cars from Polestar will have a fully electric powertrain. Polestar 2 will start production later in 2019 and will be the first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from the Volvo Car Group. It will be a mid-sized BEV, joining the competition around the Tesla Model 3, and with consequently higher volumes than Polestar 1. The initial phase of the Polestar product roll out will then be completed by the subsequent arrival of a larger SUV-style BEV, the Polestar 3, which will create a modern expression of electric performance and driving dynamics.

The ordering and configuration of Polestar cars will be conducted online via a Polestar app or online portal. However, Polestar also recognises that customers still want to physically engage with the brand so Polestar will open a network of Polestar Spaces around the world. This is where future Polestar customers can interact with products and the brand. Polestar Spaces will be standalone facilities and not within existing Volvo retailer showrooms.

The order books for the new Polestar 1 open on 17 October 2017, with Polestar able to take expressions of interest from prospective customers immediately.


Shows: Video Highlights of the reveal.



Notes to editors 

-Volvo Cars has formed a joint venture with two investment companies within its parent company, Zhejiang Geely Holding. This JV is capitalised with 5B RMB (640M Euro) of equity. Polestar remains a subsidiary of Volvo Car Group and will be fully consolidated into Volvo Car Group.

-Over 40% of global car sales expected to be electric within 20 years.

About Polestar

Polestar is Volvo Car Group’s performance road car brand. Polestar will become a new separately-branded electric high-performance car company, offering a portfolio of bespoke Polestar cars. Polestar will enjoy specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefit from significant economies of scale as a result of its connection to Volvo. These synergies will allow it to design, develop and build world beating electrified high performance cars.

Today, Polestar builds the S60 and V60 Polestar, 367hp performance road cars with over 250 developments over-and-above the standard Volvo products. It also offers Polestar Engineered performance hardware upgrades and engine software optimisations for existing Volvo products.


Golf’s Brightest Superstars Launch Asia’s Major In Stunning Launch Event

Four of the world’s top golfers today performed a traditional Chinese Lion dance to celebrate the launch of this year’s World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions – and a five year commitment to the tournament by the long-term sponsor.


Current champion Bubba Watson was joined by World No 2 Jordan Spieth, World No 5 Rickie Fowler and World No 7 Henrik Stenson at the traditional rooftop celebration overlooking The Bund, Shanghai’s iconic riverfront.


The players marked the start of the tournament by kicking off the drumbeat for a Lion dance, the traditional Chinese symbol of good luck, as the countdown to the tournament known as ‘Asia’s Major’ swung into action.


For the third year running, the showdown at the Sheshan International Golf Club (Nov 5-8) has attracted close to 40 of the world’s top 50 players and sponsor HSBC has even more reason to celebrate after renewing its commitment to golf in China by agreeing a five year extension to its sponsorship of World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.


World No 2 Jordan Spieth said: “This is great news for golf in China and I can’t wait to take on the course at Sheshan. Golf in Asia, this tournament and the number of good young Asian players on tour continues to grow so all bodes well for golf in the region.”

Defending champion Bubba Watson added: “It’s incredible to see how much the game has developed in the last ten years in Asia – every time we come the game is more and more popular. My victory here last year was a huge moment for me and I can’t wait to defend my crown.”


Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship and Events at HSBC, announced the sponsorship extension on stage at the 2015 Golf Business Forum, hosted in Shanghai. He said: “We have restated our commitment to golf in China by agreeing an extension for another five years. Over the last ten years, our flagship tournament has been a driving force behind the development of golf in Asia and with golf making a return to the Olympics at Rio 2016, we feel this is Asia’s major moment.


“In addition to the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions extension, we are also delighted to announce an extension of our other major flagship golf events, HSBC Women’s Champions and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship whilst earlier this year we renewed our agreement as patron of The Open Championship. All in all, we believe this is a major statement of intent.


“Here in Shanghai, we again have a world class field, packed full of the young stars representing golf’s new generation and it promises to be another thrilling week.”


The star-studded field also includes former World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions winners Dustin Johnson and Martin Kaymer, World Number 3 Rory McIlroy and top 20 players Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott.


The tournament boasts the toughest qualification criteria of all the World Golf Championships, with the majority of the field qualifying only by winning a key tournament on their Tours or by being ranked in the world’s top 50.


Notes to editors:


About HBSC:

HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to around 58 million customers through four global businesses; Global Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Global Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets and Global Private Banking.



About HSBC Golf Sponsorships:
HSBC’s global commitment to golf encompasses all levels of the game, from grassroots to elite.
HSBC is a proud patron of The Open Championship and this partnership with The R&A creates a centre of gravity to a global golf portfolio that spans HSBC’s key markets. In Asia, HSBC has spearheaded the arrival of world class golf events with its flagship WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. The $8.5m WGC-HSBC Champions is renowned as ‘Asia’s Major’ and has made such an impact, Rory McIlroy describes China as “an unstoppable force in world golf.” HSBC has been co-title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship since 2011 and the event has quickly become one of the biggest events on the European PGA Tour.
However, underpinning those international flagship events is a longer-term ambition to create a legacy from HSBC’s global tournaments through its sponsorship of youth development and grassroots programmes. In China, HSBC supports the HSBC China Junior Golf Program, a sustainable long-term structure and framework upon which the future of Chinese golf is being built. In Hong Kong, HSBC supports the HSBC Hong Kong Junior Golf Programme, a structured pathway for children to try the sport for the first time, develop their skills and, for those talented enough, the chance to represent Hong Kong on the international stage. In the UK, HSBC is sponsor of HSBC Golf Roots – The Golf Foundation’s national development programme which promotes the sport in schools, helps youngsters into clubs and uses golf to promote important life skills.
For more details on HSBC’s golf activities, visit


The HSBC Group

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 6,100 offices in 72 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of $2,549bn at 30 September 2015, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

Shows: Shanghai, China

00:00:00 to 00:02:30 WGC HSBC Champions players photocall at The Peninsula Hotel

00:02:30 to 00:04:44 player interviews with Rickie Fowler – Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth

00:04:44 – 00:05:05 Golfers signing and looking through book

00:05:06 to 00:05:50 Rickie Fowler walks through Shanghai with CGA children

00:05:50 to 00:06:20 Rickie Fowler plays fun golf with CGA children

00:06:20 to END Rickie Fowler behind the scenes photoshoot in Shanghai



Nov, 03, 2015