Volvo S60 Concept
The Volvo S60 Concept car was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in early January 2009, it gave an indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it's launched in 2010. "The all-new S60 will be one of the strongest players in a segment where the competition is razor-sharp," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell.
The coupe-inspired lines that gave the original Volvo S60 its characteristic stance are more pronounced in this next generation. "The sporty design gives a visual promise of an enthusiastic drive and I can assure you that the all-new S60 will live up to that promise. The driving properties are better than in any previous Volvo," says Stephen Odell.
"The concept car's exterior gives a clear indication of what customers can expect of the all-new Volvo S60. On the inside we've been even more daring," says Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin.
The front of the Volvo S60 Concept sports the enlarged iron mark in the trapezoidal grille. The two lamps that flank the grill emphasise the vertical stance of the front and highlight the bonnet's V-shape. The angled headlamps flow up into the strongly sculptured bonnet and combined with the lower air intake's reverse trapezoidal shape, this gives the concept car a very expressive "face".
"Dynamic and with considerable character, but without appearing aggressive. This car is packed with inspiration from Scandinavian design and from the Swedish coastline's cliffs and seas. A thrilling blend of drama and sensuality," says Steve Mattin.
Volvo V50 DRIVe
At the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Volvo Cars presented economical new diesel variants of the C30, S40 and V50 models with fuel consumption of just 4.4 litres/100 km (C30) or 4.5 litres/100 km (S40 and V50). The corresponding CO2 figures of 115 and 118 g/km mean that the C30 and V50 have best-in-class CO2 emissions in their segments. All three models - the C30, S40 and V50 - are equipped with a special set of efficiency-enhancing features and marked with the DRIVe emblem to signal their uprated environmental properties.
The DRIVe models are based on the Volvo C30 Efficiency concept car that was shown at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The measures adopted to reduce CO2 emissions that were presented then will be in production before the end of the year in the C30, S40 and the V50.
"We wanted to demonstrate that low CO2 ratings are not solely the preserve of small diesel cars. By offering the Volvo V50 DRIVe with emission levels below 120 g CO2/km, we are also making it possible for families and other customers who require extra space to make an active pro-environmental choice," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Fredrik Arp.
Holistic approach to eco-performance
The reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions was brought about by meticulously analysing the cars' total potential for more efficient, more economical driving. The cars were then optimised within four distinct areas:
The new Volvo XC60 is the first vehicle in a new generation of the contemporary cross-over concept. It is a combination of a traditional city vehicle and an XC vehicle aimed for young, professional urban people with an active life. Volvo XC60 is a sporty and dynamic car with tasteful exterior and interior design and versatile functionality.
Volvo XC60 has a characteristic XC design language, with a blend of passenger- and coupe-like car shapes - including a touch of well-known Volvo design elements. The formula-drive stance, with big wheels "in the corners", lifted visual platform and a very high waistline - all contribute to a sturdy and robust impression. The V-shape design, i.e. front spoiler, LED lamps, bonnet, goes all the way to the rear.
The rear design is characterised by the tail lamps with micro optics and LED technique. The lamps, distributing light in a special way, give a characteristic "Volvo" design impression.
Integrated roof rails
The roof rails provide a solid and tight impression. They are available in two versions - Charcoal (standard) or Silk-Metal - and built into the car at the factory.
The advanced front structure consists of deformation zones of different grades of steel, each one with a certain role in a collision. The structure is designed to help providing increased protection in a frontal collision.
Side structures of different grades of steel and a number of tubes and members are all designed to "move" the body to the side, help reducing the risk of passenger compartment intrusion. Volvo's Side Impact Protection System helps absorbing the forces in order to maintain an adequate space for the passengers.
Volvo Air Motion Concept (2010)
The smallest yet most expressively designed of all Volvos, the C30 has a radical and refreshing appearance. Its unique styling creates its distinct personality whilst closely aligning it to the all-new S60 and the C70. There is a wide choice of options including the introduction of a new colour combination - Espresso/Blond, colours and accessories allowing customers to personalise their C30.
To complement the Volvo C30's dynamic style, an optional Sports chassis is available to give the car a significantly sharper ride. Standard on R-DESIGN models, the Sports chassis is also available as an option on selected models in SE and SE Lux trim levels.
The Volvo C30 features four individual seats. The rear seats are mounted towards the centreline of the car, improving head and shoulder-room. 'We were convinced that four seats, not five, was the correct approach,' says Mr Abrahamsson, C30 Project Director. 'Four seats mean great rear seat comfort for both rear passengers. Five would have been a compromise. Besides, Volvo has many five-seat cars. If you want five seats, you can buy a Volvo S40 saloon or a V50 Sportswagon. On most journeys, we doubt whether the rear seats will even be used. Mostly, the rear seats will probably be folded flat, giving an amazing cargo space.'
At its launch in early 2006, the Volvo C70 broke new ground as the world's first four seater convertible with a retractable hard top. Now, more than three years on, the new Volvo C70 coupe/convertible has been given a design refresh to give the car a new look, roof up or down. The new Volvo C70 retains the three-piece retractable roof, spacious seating for four adults, and class-leading convertible safety standards as the outgoing model.
"We have carefully redesigned the front and rear of the car so they harmonise more with the larger Volvo models. We have also increased the exclusiveness of the interior materials and trim details to enhance the feeling of luxury," explains Fedde Talsma, Exterior Chief Designer of Volvo Cars.
The new Volvo C70 is an extraordinary sports coupe that can transform itself into a full convertible at the touch of a button. The unique three-piece metal roof goes up or down in less than 30 seconds and makes the Volvo C70 two cars in one: a sports coupe that offers excellent performance and agile handling, and a convertible just fine for lazy days open-sky motoring.
The hard-top roof design is particularly innovative. Its three-piece - rather than conventional two-piece - design reduces folding bulk to improve style and increase packaging space.
Three trim levels - S, SE and SE Lux - are offered with comprehensive standard specification, including, ECC (Electronic Climate Control), cruise control and Trip Computer. There is a choice of three five-cylinder engines; a 2.4i 170 PS petrol, 2.4-litre 180 PS turbodiesel D5, the top-of-the-range turbocharged petrol T5 230 PS and a four-cylinder 2.0D 136 PS turbodiesel.
The Volvo S80 is a luxury car that offers distinctive Scandinavian design, innovative technology, a refined ride, spaciousness and comfort. This luxurious and modern Volvo is an elegant premium-badge alternative to big-selling German executive cars and reinforces Volvo's leadership in safety, quality and environmental care. Yet it's also a car that offers high levels of driving enjoyment, thanks to extensive development on UK roads, powerful new engines and advanced chassis dynamics.
Three new turbodiesels that reduce both fuel consumption and emissions are welcome additions to the model. These include two frugal five-cylinder, 2.4-litre turbodiesels - the 2.4D (175PS) and D5 (205PS). The 2.4D now offers 175PS, 420Nm of torque from 1500-2750rpm and 0-60mph in 8.4 seconds. The D5 has 205PS, 420Nm of torque from 1500-3250rpm and 0-60mph is possible in 7.5 seconds (8.5 Geartronic).
Both engines deliver excellent fuel economy with up to 60.1mpg and 47.9mpg for the 2.4D on the extra-urban and combined cycles, and 56.5 mpg and 45.6 mpg respectively for the D5.
Meanwhile, a new entry level 1.6D DRIVe engine delivers class-leading CO2 emissions of just 129g/km plus 57.7 mpg on the combined cycle.
Engine choice also includes a high-performance 315PS V8, used in a top-of-the-range All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) version and a 2.5T 231PS petrol unit.
The new Volvo S80 features a number of exterior design changes that have resulted in a lower, longer and wider stance, further increasing the car's appeal. Despite the new look however, the latest S80 is unmistakably Scandinavian in style and functionality.
Volvo Car Corporation launched the all-new Volvo S80L in Beijing, China. The prices and specifications of the 5 variants were presented. To meet the demand of Chinese consumers, the wheel base of this S80L model is prolonged by 140mm compared to the standard Volvo S80 and the car is considerably upgraded. The sale of the all-new model has now started as well as the production.
Volvo S80L, all the security needed
Volvo Car's flagship, Volvo S80L is one of the safest vehicles in the premium segment in China, providing all the security needed by governmental and business customers. The Volvo S80L redefines the highest criteria for a stretched premium car in China. And the Chinese business elites will find an undisputed top premium vehicle of top safety and luxury.
Based on comprehensive research of the Chinese market, Volvo Cars has designed the all new Volvo S80L and considerably upgraded the car in terms of space, quality, premium equipment specifications, drivability and service.
Volvo on Call for emergency
The Volvo S80L will also provide a 3-year warranty and 3-year Volvo on Call service for the customer. Customers can use the Volvo on Call service in case of an accident and/or emergency. Volvo Cars is among the few manufacturers who offer Car Accident Aid, while most manufacturers in China only offer assistance on car malfunction. By this kind premium service, Volvo Cars would like the customers to feel the advantage of being a Volvo S80L owner.
Volvo XC60 R-Design
Volvo has announced details on the latest car in the R-Design stable - the Volvo XC60 R-Design. Showcasing a series of sporty visual features, the R-Design package also adds a specially tuned sports chassis and sharper driving characteristics, enabling customers to enjoy the XC60's practicality together with more dynamic handling and distinctive styling.
The new Volvo XC60 R-Design was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and went into production in November 2009.
Dynamic driving characteristics
The new dynamic driving properties of the Volvo XC60 R-Design have been possible with the introduction of a stiffer chassis and stiffer damping. This has been achieved without impacting dramatically on ride comfort allowing passengers to continue to enjoy a comfortable ride on any type of road surface. The chassis has not been lowered ensuring that the Volvo XC60 R-Design maintains its ground clearance for off-road adventures.
The more direct steering gear ratio also significantly improves the driving experience. Owing to faster steering response, the driver benefits from a more nimble feel and more precise communication with the road surface.
Refined sports styling
On the outside, the new car features the typical R-Design attributes already seen on the C30 SportsCoupe, S40 saloon, V50 Sportswagon, V70 premium estate and XC90 SUV R-Design models. Exterior highlights include door mirror housings, trim mouldings and décor trim all in matte silk metal finish, rear skid-plate, side scuff plates and twin chrome tailpipes. The 18" five-spoke Cratus aluminium wheels are only available on the R-Design model and, for the first time, an option of 20-inch alloy wheels can be specified on the XC60.
Volvo C30 BEV
Volvo presented a driveable electric car prototype in September 2009. The Volvo C30 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) now being shown at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit takes the company one step further in the development process. It features both a complete interior and full instrumentation, as well as enhanced battery packaging.
"The first prototype helped us identify the main technological challenges, such as battery packaging and safety issues. We have addressed these challenges without compromising the Volvo C30's cool and fun-to-drive personality. I am very happy with the result. The electric Volvo C30 BEV in Detroit is a much more complete product," says Lennart Stegland, Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.
The next step in 2010 is a factory-built series of test cars. Selected users will drive the test fleet during a two-year trial period in order to provide Volvo Cars with valuable experience. Not just technical but also behavioural.
The Swedish Energy Agency is supporting the project by contributing SEK 150 million towards its funding.
Valuable field data
A pure electric car has different characteristics compared to a car with an internal combustion engine. Now Volvo's experts will have the opportunity to study how users handle these differences.
"Our test fleet data will be valuable in Volvo Cars' development of electric cars. It will also provide crucial input for the infrastructure planners and help define which services are needed to make rechargeable cars the most attractive choice in the future," says Lennart Stegland.