Volvo XC90 (2002)


Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90, a genuine SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), is the first vehicle of its type which takes other road users into account. The Volvo XC90 has been designed to help protect those in lower cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

This consideration has also been extended to the occupants of the Volvo XC90. Its centre of gravity is lower than that of a conventional SUV, which minimises the risk of the vehicle rolling over. If, in spite of everything, the vehicle were to roll over, it has a specially strengthened roof, special sensors to tension the safety belts, and the airbags and Inflatable Curtain would be activated.

A True Volvo

The Volvo XC90 can be ordered with up to three rows of seats. The seats in the third row are designed for children. A great deal of work was devoted to making the third row of seats as safe as the others.

All of the passenger seats can be folded down individually, for optimum load space flexibility.

There are a number of innovative techno-logical solutions in the Volvo XC90. The All Wheel Drive system is of the same type as used in the recently-launched Volvo S60 AWD, but adapted to meet the requirements of an SUV. The Volvo XC90 is the most flexible and safest SUV on the market, and it's also a delight to drive.

Design: masculinity and flexibility the Scandinavian way

"Masculine, but not macho; muscular, but not aggressive," is how the new Volvo XC90 is described by Peter Horbury, former Vice President and Chief Designer at Volvo Car Corporation.

Volvo S60 R (2003)


Volvo S60 R

The Volvo S60 R, a limited-production, high-performance sedan inspired by the technology and performance of Volvo's renowned Performance Concept Car, had its world premiere at the 2002 Paris Auto Show.

As well as inheriting the dramatic good looks of the Performance Concept Car (PCC), the S60 R also adopts most of the technology, including one of the world's most advanced active suspension systems, a 300-horsepower, turbocharged engine, 6-speed manual gearbox and an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system.

Volvo is billing the S60 R and V70 R as true performance cars, designed for the ultimate driving experience without compromising the intelligent functionality that is the hallmark of Volvo.

"In the R car, you can feel like a racing driver, but you don't have to be one to control it," says Hans Nilsson, Car Line Manager R, Volvo Car Corporation.

Topping the Volvo S60 R and V70 R's list of technological breakthroughs is what is probably the world's most advanced active performance chassis with Four-C Technology (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept). Four-C allows Volvo's R cars to offer both the uncompromising road holding of the extreme sports car with the comfort essential in a family car.

Four-C differs from other chassis concepts in its ability to process enormous amounts of information from sensors throughout the chassis. The sensors send signals to the microprocessor in Four-C, which computes the motions of the car and adjusts the stiffness of the shock absorbers so that the car is always parallel to the road surface.

Volvo S80 (2003)


Volvo S80

The new Volvo S80 retains its familiar looks - yet not quite. A number of new design details create an overall impression of a new prestige car in Volvo's model range.

"All new parts are like cut diamonds, precious gems. Correctly designed and placed in the appropriate setting, they forge a powerful image of elegance and prestige," says Steve Harper, the person responsible for the design of the new Volvo S80.

The design of the new Volvo S80 is packed with these "gems" - outside and inside alike.

The front has been reworked. The complete front section that surrounds the grille has a new profile with a gentler transition to the body sides and to the spoiler area.

The lower air intake has been re-profiled and features a transverse chrome strip which links together the foglamps. The foglamps themselves are new and have larger light apertures. The grille has a new square mesh pattern in dark silver metallic. The surrounding trim is chromed. This gives an elegant and more three-dimensional impression.

Chrome details in combination with colour-matched mouldings and other details emphasise the car's design. This applies, for instance, to the chromed door handles and the mouldings below the side windows. The door mirrors have been redesigned to cut air drag and reduce dirt accumulation on the side windows.

Redesigned rear section

The rear of the Volvo S80 has been redesigned for higher quality and more distinct style. The bootlid is now made in one single piece. Above the number plate there is a new handle capped with a chrome trim. The tail lamps are now somewhat smaller. This has been achieved by using brake lamps featuring LED technology, which means the brake lights are activated more quickly. They now make room for a panel between the lights and the bumper, which is accentuated by a slim chrome strip at the bottom of the lights. This panel is painted in the body's colour. The rear bumper has a more substantial profile. It is colour-matched to the car's body, with the exception of the dark grey panel at the bottom. This harmonises instead with a corresponding panel along either side of the body.

Volvo V70 R (2003)


Volvo V70 R

The Volvo S60 R and V70 R, unveiled at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, are packaged with the most powerful engine in the Volvo range. Volvo's newly developed five-cylinder 2.5 liter in-line turbocharged power plant produces 300 horsepower and 295 ft. lbs. of torque between 1.950 and 5,250 rpm.

Volvo is billing the S60 R and V70 R as true performance cars, designed for the ultimate driving experience without compromising the intelligent functionality that is the hallmark of Volvo.

"In the R car, you can feel like a racing driver, but you don't have to be one to control it," says Hans Nilsson, Car Line Manager R, Volvo Car Corporation.

Topping the Volvo S60 R and V70 R's list of technological breakthroughs is what is probably the world's most advanced active performance chassis with Four-C Technology (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept). Four-C allows Volvo's R cars to offer both the uncompromising road holding of the extreme sports car with the comfort essential in a family car.

Four-C differs from other chassis concepts in its ability to process enormous amounts of information from sensors throughout the chassis. The sensors send signals to the microprocessor in Four-C, which computes the motions of the car and adjusts the stiffness of the shock absorbers so that the car is always parallel to the road surface.

The shock absorbers are updated with new information 500 times a second. This is made possible by a totally new technology, the first in the world of cars, developed jointly with Öhlins Racing AB, one of the world's leading developers of high-tech shock absorber systems, and shock absorber manufacturer Monroe.

Volvo VCC Concept (2003)

Volvo VCC Concept (2003)
Volvo 3CC Concept (2004)

Volvo 3CC Concept (2004)
Volvo C70 Convertible (2004)

Volvo C70 Convertible (2004)
Volvo Evolve S40 Concept (2004)

Volvo Evolve S40 Concept (2004)
Volvo S40 (2004)


Volvo S40

The all-new Volvo S40 is 2.2 inches shorter than its predecessor - yet it has grown in terms of product content, competitiveness and interior volume.

"We have a long history in this sedan segment. We have upgraded our cars continuously; from the Volvo 340, via the Volvo 440/460 and then the previous Volvo S40/V40. Now, we are convinced that the all-new Volvo S40 will make us grow even stronger over the next few years," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Hans-Olov Olsson.

"The new Volvo S40 combines an exciting design with exceptional road manners, making the new S40 a highly potent challenger in this segment," adds Hans-Olov Olsson.

Expanding the brand further down the age spectrum is an important part of Volvo Cars' strategy - and it is particularly important that the new S40 appeals to young buyers.

"We want to attract customers into the Volvo family as early as possible, and the all-new Volvo S40 will definitely attract younger buyers," comments Hans-Olov Olsson.

Average age of 35 in the USA

The accelerating rejuvenation process is most noticeable in the USA, where Volvo expects one-third of purchasers to be men or women without children. The average age of S40 buyers is expected to be around 30-35 years, which is low compared to the competitors.

"For a European car, this is a very low figure. It emphasizes our conviction that our new, exciting sedan has a youthful appeal," says Hans-Olov Olsson.

Volvo V40 (2004)

Volvo V40 (2004)