Volvo ACC Concept (2001)


Volvo ACC Concept

The Volvo Car Corporation is now preparing itself for the leap into the demanding and expansive SUV segment. The Volvo Adventure Concept Car (ACC), which will be given its first showing at the international motor show in Detroit, is the first indication of what is waiting around the corner.

"We want to show that we mean business when we say that we have what it takes to compete with the very best in the SUV segment," says Hans-Olov Olsson, president of Volvo Car Corporation. It should be stressed that the Volvo ACC is not the car customers will see in dealer showrooms when Volvo Cars' first SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) is launched, an event that will take place within the next two years. This concept car should instead be seen as a "thermometer", a tool for assessing the expectations and demands the market has when it comes to an SUV from Volvo.

"We are naturally hoping to create a solid commercial base for our introduction. It is therefore important to hear the views and comments of our customers while we still have time to make precision adjustments to the product," says Dieter Laxy, head of marketing, sales and service at Volvo Car Corporation.

The name "Adventure" emphasizes the ability to be an integrated part of the owner's lifestyle. Volvo ACC is the right choice for all types of safe adventures, thanks to a fine-tuned combination of off-road capability, driving pleasure, roominess, safety and comfort. During the time the Detroit Motor Show is open to the public, visitors will be able to make their views of the ACC known directly to Volvo's SUV team via special computer monitors. At a later stage, Internet users all over the world will have the same chance to pass on their comments to the product developers.
Tackling major challenges

Volvo C70 Convertible (2001)

Volvo C70 Convertible (2001)
Volvo C70 Coupe (2001)

Volvo C70 Coupe (2001)
Volvo PCC 2 Concept (2001)

Volvo PCC 2 Concept (2001)
Volvo S40 (2001)


Volvo S40

Just a year after they arrived in the USA, the compact Volvo S40 sedan and V40 wagon get more of what made them an instant hit in America: refinement, safety and value. From subtle changes in appearance (new front fenders, bumpers, tailights and wheels) to enhancements to ride and handling (slightly wider track and longer wheelbase with re-calibrated front suspension) and a satisfying quality feel to the interior, the stylish sedan and versatile wagon build on their first year reputation for offering Volvo virtues at an affordable price.

A marriage of practical and emotional, the Volvo S40 and V40 make it clear that versatility and fun-to-drive can happily co-exist in the same car. A new 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission showcases the refinements to the standard 1.9-liter engine with low pressure turbo to keep the fun levels high. Standard 4-channel anti-lock brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels and truly impressive available audio systems are just part of a long list of high-value standard features that are remarkable in a model line that starts at $23,500.

The Volvo S40 and V40 debuted with a best-in-class list of standard safety features, including SIPS side impact protection air bags and WHIPS whiplash protection seats. The addition of the Volvo-pioneered Inflatable Curtain side impact protection, ISO-FIX child safety seat attachments and 'smart' dual-stage front airbags as standard equipment promote Volvo S40 and V40 to class of their own.

Volvo S80 (2001)


Volvo S80

The Volvo S80 was launched in spring 1998 as Volvo's large new premium sedan. It was the first model of the new generation to showcase Volvo's more curvaceous design and large, instantly recognizable tail lamps. The Volvo S80 was fitted with a unique powertrain featuring a transversely installed six-cylinder in-line engine. The Volvo S80 also heralded the introduction of advanced new safety solutions such as inflatable curtains and built-in protection against neck injuries.

Design

The Volvo S80 is a classic sedan model with rounded contours and with a windscreen and rear screen with pronounced curvature. The tail section has an abrupt vertical cut-off and the tail lamps are large and wave-shaped. This feature was launched with the S80 model and has become one of Volvo's most important design symbols over the years.

The V-shaped bonnet and pronounced haunches are classic Volvo features that have been further enhanced in the Volvo S80.

Five persons enjoy generous space and exceptional seating comfort in the Volvo S80. One of the reasons for the spacious passenger compartment is Volvo's modern powertrain concept based on transversely installed in-line engines.

The design of the interior changed radically with the Volvo S80, from strict, straight lines to rounded shapes and smooth, flowing transitions, for instance between the dashboard and door panels.

The rear seat split-folds. The front passenger seat backrest can also fold flat.

Volvo SCC Concept (2001)

Volvo SCC Concept (2001)
Volvo V40 (2001)


Volvo V40

Just a year after they arrived in the USA, the compact Volvo S40 sedan and V40 wagon get more of what made them an instant hit in America: refinement, safety and value. From subtle changes in appearance (new front fenders, bumpers, tailights and wheels) to enhancements to ride and handling (slightly wider track and longer wheelbase with re-calibrated front suspension) and a satisfying quality feel to the interior, the stylish sedan and versatile wagon build on their first year reputation for offering Volvo virtues at an affordable price.

A marriage of practical and emotional, the Volvo S40 and V40 make it clear that versatility and fun-to-drive can happily co-exist in the same car. A new 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission showcases the refinements to the standard 1.9-liter engine with low pressure turbo to keep the fun levels high. Standard 4-channel anti-lock brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels and truly impressive available audio systems are just part of a long list of high-value standard features that are remarkable in a model line that starts at $23,500.

The Volvo S40 and V40 debuted with a best-in-class list of standard safety features, including SIPS side impact protection air bags and WHIPS whiplash protection seats. The addition of the Volvo-pioneered Inflatable Curtain side impact protection, ISO-FIX child safety seat attachments and 'smart' dual-stage front airbags as standard equipment promote Volvo S40 and V40 to class of their own.

Volvo ACC 2 Concept (2002)

Volvo ACC 2 Concept (2002)
Volvo S60 AWD (2002)


Volvo S60 AWD

At its introduction, the Volvo S60 was described as the Swedish manufacturers' sportiest and most dynamic sedan...ever. The next stage in the company's commitment to enhanced driving pleasure is now available - the Volvo S60 AWD - the first Volvo with electronically controlled all-wheel-drive.

Electronically-Controlled All-Wheel Drive

The Volvo S60 AWD features electronically controlled AWD. The Active-On-Demand (AOD) system has been developed in collaboration with one of the pioneers in this field - the Swedish company Haldex. In this new system, the power is distributed between the front and rear wheels via a wet multi-plate clutch.

The function of this unique design is divided into three parts: hydraulic, mechanical, and electronic systems.

The unit can be regarded as a hydraulic pump that when a speed difference between front and rear wheels occurs, a hydraulic pump generates oil pressure that forces two sets of wet clutch plates to close. When both axles are rotating at the same speed, pressure is reduced bringing the drive wheels into equilibrium.

As it is a mechanical piston pump, the response is virtually instantaneous - about 15"" of wheel rotation, without any delay occurring as a result of slow pumping.

The system is electronically controlled through a module mounted on the rear differential. It forms part of a unit with the stepper motor and the control valve. The differential electronic module communicated with the Engine Control Module (ECM) and brake control module via the Control Area Network (CAN). The differential electronic module uses sensor signals to control oil pressure on the wet clutch plates by adjusting a control valve.