This forum has been a wealth of information to me in my planning, so I thought I'd post my timeline and details for others that may be interested. Updates with photos and more details as I progress.
April 3, 2019: Press articles come out announcing the new Polestar Engineered lineup to include the XC60 and V60 in addition to the S60. I get excited and visit my local Volvo dealership that evening to 'get on the list' for more information as it becomes known. The sales representative that I spoke with was very kind, but clearly he knew only the same information I knew from the press releases. He promises to keep in touch.
approximately May 21, 2019: I call the sales rep bugging him (for perhaps the third time) asking if he knew anything more yet. While on the phone, he goes to the Volvo website where he discovers and shares the pricing information for the V60 Polestar that I'm interested in. Until this point, I was only dreaming about the car as I had no idea what it would cost. With prices released, it was now time for me to make a decision.
May 22, 2019: I visited the dealership to put down $3,000 deposit and place my order for a Crystal White Metallic V60 T8 AWD Polestar Engineered. Was told next step would be electronic verification of the order, which came later in the evening on the 22nd. I signed and returned the electronic order, requesting a delivery date of September 9th. Was told the next step would be a kit/package from Volvo OSD to be mailed to me 'within a week or so.'
Approximately 2 weeks or more transpire before I received the kit, and I'll admit to being anxious, nervous and needy for more information in this timeframe. But the kit finally did arrive with my order details. Somewhere in this process I learned the car couldn't or wouldn't be built by my September 9 requested date. My kit arrived with a confirmed Factory Delivery date of October 7th.
July 10, 2019: Once the kit arrived with a delivery date of 10/7, I needed to speak with my girlfriend to coordinate schedules and travel availability. I worked with Charity at Corporate Travel to create an initial travel itinerary. The original plan was to visit Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo before returning the car to Gothenburg.
July 15, 2019: Since our original flight itinerary routed us from Chicago>Copenhagen>Gothenburg, we opted to modify and simply travel Chicago>Copenhagen. This itinerary was confirmed on July 22nd, with the intent that we'll arrange our own hotel, and take the train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg. Corporate travel has secured our stay at the Clarion Post in Gothenburg beginning Sunday, October 6th, with Factory Delivery of my car scheduled for Monday, 10/7.
Since the end of July, I've been noodling on what it is I want to do while in Europe. Essentially, it's get my car and see cool stuff. My itinerary has shifted multiple times between then and now, but we've opted to forego Stockholm so that we can make a run for the Fjords during our stay. I'm doing all the arrangements myself, booking some nights at Airbnb, and some at hotels. Currently this is what it looks like:
10/7, delivery of V60 from the factory. Tour the museum and Gothenburg and catch our breath a bit. Overnight in Gothenburg at the Clarion Post.
10/8, depart early for a long drive to Bergen, Norway. Anything I see says the trip can be made in approximately 11 1/2 hours. But I've also read driving in Norway will be much slower than expected. This leg has me the most concerned in terms of time on the road, but I want/need to get to Bergen to make the rest of the itinerary work. With a SweeedV60 Polestar Engineered and some beautiful scenery, what can go wrong?
10/9 explore Bergen, stay in Bergen
10/10, drive from Bergen to Nordfjordeid, Norway. This is an approximately 5 1/2 hour drive that we'll simply wander and enjoy the Fjords and scenery. I've booked an Airbnb for this evening.
10/11, drive from Nordfjordeid to Sveggen, Norway. We'll drive Trollstigen and the Atlantic Ocean Road on this leg which is honestly the entire reason for wanting to head this direction to explore. Airbnb accommodations have been secured.
10/12, drive from Sveggen, Norway to Oslo. Overnight in hotel in Oslo.
10/13, explore Oslo, stay in Oslo.
10/14, depart Oslo for the 3-4 hour drive back to Gothenburg where I'll drop the car. Sleep in Gothenburg.
10/15, fly back to the US. Gothenburg>Stockholm>Chicago>Grand Rapids, MI.
As of this writing, I'm inside of 30 days to travel and I have not yet been asked for payment nor have I received confirmation of a VIN. I'm pretty easy-going and have confidence that I actually DO have a car being built and I'll learn soon enough that I need to pay for it.
I should also note that my original sales rep at the local Volvo dealership has left. I've been transferred to the Sales Manager, who has not personally coordinated any OSD. But it's all good so far and seems to be on track.
Am I missing anything obvious?