Need a vacation? Volvo can help -- whether or not you need a new car, too.
First, there's Volvo's longstanding Overseas Delivery Program, which offers shoppers two complimentary tickets to Sweden so they can pick up their ride at the company's headquarters in Gothenburg. Volvo will even let customers take their new car on a European vacation, return it to the factory when they're done, and Volvo will ship it to their U.S. dealer free of charge.
Granted, there are a couple of catches with the Program -- namely, customers have to purchase their car at least 30 days in advance of their trip, and they'll have to wait five weeks or so for it to cross the pond to the U.S. (Getting it through customs alone can take three weeks or longer.)
Another item worth mentioning: the Overseas Delivery Program is no longer accepting orders for 2011 models. However, Volvo is happy to offer 2012 models at 2011 prices. Not bad, right?
But maybe you don't need a new car. Maybe you just need a vacation. In that case, Volvo is resuscitating its popular "Road Trip of a Lifetime" sweepstakes, which offers anyone with an internet connection the chance to describe their dream vacation in west Sweden (Golf? Lobster safari? More golf?) and a pick Volvo to go with it. One winner will be chosen at random from all the submissions and receive that very trip, courtesy of Volvo North America, VisitSweden, Tourism in Skåne, and the West Swedish Tourist Board. Visit CarPlusVacation.com to get started. And bring us back some lutfisk!