• Switzerland edition
 
SPONSORED ARTICLE
Volvo Diplomat Sales - more than just selling a car

Volvo Diplomat Sales - more than just selling a car

Published: 29 Sep 2011 16:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Sep 2011 16:56 GMT+02:00

If you're a diplomat or have tax-free status at an international organization, a special scheme from Volvo means that you can buy a premium car at favourable prices - and gain many benefits besides.

Finding somewhere to live and buying a car are often the top two priorities for diplomatic and embassy staff when they begin their posting. As a maker of luxury cars, Volvo realized the potential of this high-end niche market nearly 60 years ago, and the long running Diplomat Sales scheme was launched. 

Get great deals - then ship it back home

Under the scheme diplomats and other temporary foreign residents can take advantage of a great deal with exclusive benefits, and can even ship their car back home when their posting is over. 

According to sales director Stephan Green, it’s not just the cars themselves that attract thousands of customers each year.

”We offer a highly specialised sales channel, serving a real VIP group. We have our own unit as well as specially trained and focused sales units, so this isn't just another initiative run out of disparate dealerships. What our customers like and appreciate is the exclusivity we offer with this service.”

Not just for diplomats

Despite the name, the scheme is open to more than just diplomats - all tax-free personnel at embassies, consulates, EU, UN and other international organisations are eligible. 

Although the entire range of Volvo cars is available on the scheme, the most popular models  among diplomat staff last year were the top selling 60 range (S60, V60 and XC60) as well as the XC70 and XC90.

The longevity of the scheme is testament to its popularity. ”Experience over the years has taught us that we push the fact we are specialised in this dedicated channel. Not only do we have a special sales unit, but there are comprehensive internal training programmes which candidates need to pass before being able to sell the cars,” says Green. 

”On the ground we have staff all over the world who are experts in their own local markets not just in terms of selling cars, but also with taxes and all the other information that helps our customers,” adds Green 

Collect your car from the factory

Even the process of buying and collecting your new diplomat car can be an experience out of the ordinary. Volvo give you the opportunity to personally collect your tailor made vehicle from the factory in Gothenburg, and while there you can enjoy a guided tour of the museum, and even  sample Swedish meatballs - all part of the service aimed at offering added extras. 

Car enthusiasts know that Volvo is a stamp of quality, but sometimes it’s these small extras that make a big difference. If you buy a car via the Diplomat Sales scheme you can have it tailor-made to suit your own personal tastes and requirements. ”This is a very popular offer, and one which a large majority of our customers appreciate and take advantage of,” adds Green. 

And because Volvo is an international enterprise you are still covered when you get home, by international warranties, programs such as Volvo Assistance Europe.

”Our customers like to feel they are being well looked after, that they are getting special service. They enjoy the feeling of knowing they are in good hands," concludes Green.

 

Related links:

The Local (news@thelocal.ch)

Don't miss...X
Left Right
Today's headlines
Federer sets up all Swiss tennis showdown
Stanislas Wawrinka and Davis Cup teammate Roger Federer pictured together in Geneva recently. AFP Photo: Fabrice Coffrini

Federer sets up all Swiss tennis showdown

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka eased into the Monte Carlo Masters final on Saturday, setting up the first all-Swiss title showdown in 14 years. READ () »

Mega diamond to be auctioned in Geneva
A Sotheby's employee poses for pictures with the "Graff Vivid Yellow," at 100.09 carats one of the rarest yellow diamonds of its size. AFP Photo/Andrew Cowie

Mega diamond to be auctioned in Geneva

One of the world's largest yellow diamonds will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the Sotheby's auction house hoping to rake in up to $25 million for the gem. READ () »

Activist jailed for six years in Vasella case
Former Novartis chairman Daniel Vasella. Photo AFP/File

Activist jailed for six years in Vasella case

A British animal rights activist was jailed for six years on Thursday for her part in a Europe-wide campaign of intimidation targeting Huntington Life Sciences, an animal testing company linked to Swiss pharma giant Novartis. READ () »

Zoo faces cruelty charges over cub deaths
Kurt Nünlist was appalled by the deaths of two cubs at the Bern zoo (photo:zvg)

Zoo faces cruelty charges over cub deaths

A Swiss animal lover has filed a legal complaint against Bern zoo, accusing it of cruelty over the deaths of two bear cubs. Dählhölzli zoo could be fined under Switzerland’s tough animal protection laws. READ () »

Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland
Customs officials found €573 million in illegal money in 2013. Photo: Emilian Robert Vicol

Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland

The number of Germans smuggling money out of Switzerland rose dramatically last year. Customs officers on the German-Swiss border said on Thursday they made a find in almost every third car they checked. READ () »

Experts challenge e-cigarettes study
Photo: Denis Charlet / AFP

Experts challenge e-cigarettes study

Two Swiss medical organisations have rejected calls to overturn the ban on sales of electronic cigarettes in Switzerland. READ () »

Bern approves solution for Erasmus students
Students intending to go on an Erasmus exchange in 2014-15 will now be able to. Photo: Jirka Matousek

Bern approves solution for Erasmus students

Following the suspension of Switzerland's participation in the Erasmus student exchange programme, on Wednesday the federal government approved plans for a 23 million franc ($26 million) interim solution. READ () »

Kerry bound for Geneva talks on Ukraine crisis
US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva last year. Photo: Pool/AFP

Kerry bound for Geneva talks on Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry left on Wednesday for Geneva for high-stakes talks on Ukraine, armed with the threat of more sanctions against Moscow if diplomacy fails, as tensions on the ground escalated sharply. READ () »

Credit Suisse investment bank woes hurt profits
Credit Suisse offices in Zurich. Photo: Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse investment bank woes hurt profits

Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse said on Wednesday that its first quarter net profit took a heavy hit as its investment bank reeled from slumping trading in bonds. READ () »

Ski champion announces same-sex marriage
Sylviane Berthod (right in each of the photos) and her partner. Photos: Facebook

Ski champion announces same-sex marriage

Former Swiss alpine ski champion Sylviane Berthod has announced her engagement to marry another woman in a public way — on her Facebook page. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Former industrial zone transforms into Zurich’s trendiest spot
Tech
Swiss Solar Impulse team shows off new fuel-free aircraft
International
Suspect in Liechtenstein bank CEO murder case 'likely dead'
Sponsored Article
Caveman comedy comes to Zurich in English
Society
Innovative building provides refuge for hypersensitive tenants
Tech
VIDEO: Teenage boy sends Swiss army knife into stratosphere
International
Switzerland ranks second in world for social progress: report
National
Pharrell Williams set to perform in first Montreux jazzfest concert
Sport
American wingsuit flyer dies after Bernese Oberland accident
Business & Money
H&M plans hefty Swiss minimum wage for employees by 2015
International
Caterpillar accused by US senator of dodging taxes through 'Swiss plan'
International
Geneva man in Facebook page fight with Italian carmaker Ferrari
Advertisement:
International
Schumacher’s wife pays for 'medical suite' at Swiss family mansion
International
Aborted Swiss airlines take-off injures four at London airport
International
Swiss refuse asylum request from topless protest group founder
Business & Money
British expat former banker to head Swiss finance regulator FINMA
National
Swiss honey contains harmful plastic: TV consumer affairs report
Business & Money
Luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe threatens Geneva exit over taxes
Business & Money
World's largest watch fair opens in Basel amid uncertain times
International
'Fergie' credits hikes around Verbier mountains for recent weight loss
Etoiles de Montagne
Sponsored Article
How to summer holiday up a Swiss mountain
Swissbenefits
Sponsored Article
How to avoid Switzerland’s tax haven trap
International
Switzerland's residents are the happiest in the OECD: report
International
Swiss voters support bid to establish lofty minimum wage: poll
National
Switzerland's largest cities set to back regulated 'cannabis clubs'
Business & Money
Franc surges against other currencies on rising Ukraine concerns
Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

2,026
jobs available