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James May has reacted to being “fact-shamed” by Volvo after he called them out following a change to their SUV sales.
This week, The Grand Tour star said the car company had ruined his retirement plans of owning a Volvo saloon, after they announced they will no longer be sold in the UK.
In a witty tweet on his page, the 60-year-old wrote: “Volvo has announced that, from now on, it will only make SUVs.
“So my assumption of an agreeable Volvo saloon in retirement has been snatched from me.
“This is the second time Volvo has ruined my life. For the first time, see my book Carbolics. #VeryObtusePlug.”
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The car enthusiast was swiftly corrected by Volvo, who clarified that they’re still making saloon and estate cars, but that the new change is a “sales decision in the UK” where demand for SUV is “especially strong”.
Reflecting on his original tweet, he joked that the company had “ruined” his life again by “fact-shaming” him.
“But I should have included ‘for the UK’ for absolutely clarity,” he added.
“They are only spoiling everything for British people. Foreigners can still buy proper Volvos, and should.”
Earlier this year, James expressed his concerns for the future of driving amid growing popularity for electric cars.
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He told INews: “The thing that troubles me is that we’re all obsessed with range anxiety, whereas it’s really charging anxiety.
“The ideal electric car would have a fairly short range – maybe 120 miles – and a small battery, which would cost less, weigh less and take up less space. It would probably charge in a few minutes, but that’s impossible right now.”
Despite this, he said there’s no sign of a “battery evolution” after speaking to experts.
Meanwhile, James and his co-stars Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond returned to screens in June for a new episode of The Grand Tour.
This time around, the trio set off on a 1,400-mile road trip across Eastern Europe.
For the adventure, James opted for a Crosley CC Convertible, which he admits wasn’t his greatest choice for the road.
“It particularly wasn’t the case for me, to be honest, but it was sort of my own fault because I bought that car so I had to stick with it,” he told the Radio Times.
“It’s a bit like getting a dog from the rescue centre, once you’ve committed you’ve got to stick with it.”
Elaborating on his not so well-timed filming, he added “getting to the end” was his highlight of the series.
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