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What about Volvo's future?

rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
How many of you think Volvo will be a major player in the future ?


  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    How many of you like/love the new Volvo S80 ?

    Any of you considering a purchase/lease of this car ?

    Do you think we'll see a Type R version with a stick ?

    When will the S80 be available for purchase ?

    Do any of you think Volvo is a benefit or negative brand for Ford ?

    Will Volvo add profitability to the Ford line-up ?

    Is Volvo the safest automobile company on the road today ?

    These are just a few questions I would like answered with facts and opinions on this forum.

    Happy Easter

  • Volvo had a following of loyal die had customers. Now it's following a list of brands that have an identity crisis:Sab,Saturn,Buick,Mercury,Jaguar.
    My brother and sister-n-law and now my sister have second thoughts about buying another Volvo because it's owned by Ford. This is contrary to the fact that they like their cars and have had good reliability experience. Go figure! :confuse:
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120 Ford hurt Volvo and does being owned by Mercedes help Chrysler? Unlike GM toward Saab, I think Ford as a parent keeps its nose out of its child's affairs. Certainly Volvo styling hasn't been more attractive. Would have Volvo survived without Ford? I'm sure Jaguar would've expired around 1990 without them as would've Saab without GM.
  • au1994au1994 Posts: 765
    In the interest of full disclosure, let me say that we have a Volvo S40 so I'm slightly biased.

    I do like the S80, I think it is a beautiful design and would be interested to see a road test to learn more. That said, it's out of my price range so it won't be on my shopping list any time soon.

    The engineering strength of Volvo is a bonus for Ford. They have already used this in marketing campaigns and I think they are a profit center for Ford already. Thats something Ford needs a lot of right now.

    I think Volvo will continue to have a solid presence here. As has been said, they do have a loyal following and the new designs are attracting more interest. Quality must continue to improve. There are just too many choices out there now in the premium lux-performance area to get by with sub par quality.

    Let me explain why we chose our S40 and maybe that will help explain why I think they will continue with sucess here.

    We liked the distinct design and "uniqueness" of the Volvo. In this class, BMW 3 series, Acura TSX's, Infiniti G35's and the like have become very common. We did not want to see ourselves at every traffic light.

    Bang for the buck performance wise and luxury wise. 218 hp, full leather, pwr driver and passenger seat for well under 30k. A comparable BMW could not be had for under 30.

    The safety of the cars was considered a bonus.

    I think they have an opportunity to market their wagons during this time of rising gas prices. Drove one as a loaner while the car was in for service and loved it. Does not have the ride height as an SUV, but had every bit as much room as my 4Runner and a much much better ride and fuel economy.

    Sorry for the ramble, just my .02.

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    2005 330cic ZHP Monaco Blue over Natural Brown w/Black Trim

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    To answer your questions

    i like the new S80, I would love to have seen the first version that was rejected though.
    There won't be a manual version for the US, and likely no R spec version either.

    The S80 will be available in the US @ the end of the year

    Ford needs to fix its own issues first, Volvo's profitability is nice, but won't sustain Ford.

    Volovo safest, no doubt. Other car companies make safe cars, but no one maker has all the advantages Volvo has.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    There won't be a manual version for the US, and likely no R spec version either.

    That stinks.... :cry:

    The S80 will be available in the US the end of the year

    As a 2007 or 2008 model ?

    Volovo safest, no doubt. Other car companies make safe cars, but no one maker has all the advantages Volvo has.

    Saab comes pretty darn close. One thin when I think of Scandinavian cars, is SAFETY ;) Volvo and Saab sure deliver. Both have good reputations for quality and make cars that are like no other. I'm hoping GM will be more Volvo-ish since I love the new S80.

    Volvomax, do you know how much a loaded out new S80 might cost me ?



    P.S. Thanx folks for contributing. Keep up the good work. Volvo is a great car company. I wish their dealerships were a little easier to work with. ;)

  • prosaprosa Posts: 280
    Saab comes pretty darn close. One thin when I think of Scandinavian cars, is SAFETY Volvo and Saab sure deliver. Both have good reputations for quality and make cars that are like no other.

    Saab has a reputation in the United States as being a vehicle for quirky nonconformist types. While it exploits its niche quite well, when all is said and done it's still a small niche. Volvo is more mainstream, especially among those buyers who focus on safety. These differing perceptions may make it difficult for Saab to ever reach the same sales levels as Volvo, even ignoring the differences in corporate ownership.
  • lweisslweiss Posts: 342
    I own a 1998 Volvo S-70 base model (107K) and my sister has a 2000 Volvo S-80 (90K), both our first Volvos and both have the same opinions- nice cars, great features, long lasting, wonderful seats, good safety- but neither of us would buy another one. Why? Because they are very expensive to maintain and are subject to frequent nuisance maintenance (electrical, etc), which is typical of most European makes. And their acquisition prices are pretty high. Thing is Volvo used to have a wonderful market for affluent people that were safety conscious but guess what- the Asian manufacturers make vehicles with good safety ratings too now, with wonderful features and better price points. If you look at the sales figures for Volvo in the U.S. over the past year, the trend is not good. Lots of Volvo buyers going to the lower end Acura/Lexus/Infinity lines. I am not optimistic for Volvo.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The S80 will probably be a 2007 model.

    Look for a loaded V8 to sticker somewhere in the mid $50's.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The only reason that Volvo's numbers are down this year is because Volvo has nothing new to offer in terms of design.
    The S80 is an 8 yr old car, the S60 is 6 yrs old.
    The XC90 is holding its own, the V8 is doing well actually.

    When the refreshed XC90 debuts this fall and the C70 is available in numbers and the S80 is launched, Volvo's numbers will go back up.

    From 1995 to 2004 Volvo's sales numbers almost doubled.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,079
    I like the styling cues of the new S80 but despise the little black warts they installed on the door handles for the keyless go system. Others have figured out how to make the access controls for these systems less of an eyesore--why not Volvo?

    We will not see a type-R version with a stick unless the S80 replaces the S60. Volvo is a good thing for Ford because Ford has been able to use (if memory serves) Volvo's chassis on the Fivehundredstyle and Volvo's stability control system on all their SUVs.

    Mercedes and the other European manufacturers give Volvo a run for their money on the safety front. Volvo's decision to make DSTC optional on the S40, S60, and the old S80 does not look very favorable insofar as making them the safest automobile company. Also, I feel that the safety gap between the mainstream cars and Volvo is smaller than it ever has been, particularly with mainstream cars like the Hyundai Sonata which includes six airbags, ABS, and stability control standard (and fared well in crash tests, if memory serves).

    My mom has a 2002 Volvo S80 2.9, and I have seen more bizzare, one-time electrical glitches with that car than with any other car I've encountered.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Saabs are for yuppies who think they're not yuppies... ;)

    BTW does Saab still put the ignition switch on the center console? I always liked that. I miss the coupe. :(
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011

    I appreciate the reply. A Mid $50's price tag will certainly be out of my reach without a special lease program which rarely happens. I do love the new S80 and it's new and improved interior and safety features. To bad it will be very expensive to own one. I guess I can wish and hope Saab will deliver a similar product for a buncha money cheaper.

    BTW- I can use my GM-employee discount on a Saab product and GM seems determined to make Saab as good or bette than Volvo. Time will tell, but I'm rooting for Saab to be atleast as good as Volvo and make a car as cool as the S-80 and I do like Saab's styling and safety and wish GM a good turn around for Saab.

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    To put the S80 V8's price in perspective:
    A BMW 550i starts @ $58,500 and goes up from there.
    a M-B E500 starts @ $58,400.
    The S80 V8 will undercut the Germans by $10,000.

    If you don't need to V8, you should be able to get an S80 3.2 for the low 40's nicely equipped.

    A premium V8 European sedan is not, nor will ever be cheap.
    the materials and technology simply don't allow for a cheap car. The cheapest competitor the Infiniti M45 starts at $48k.

    As for Saab,sadly they are dead.
    GM has no will or money to make Saab a real player in the lux market. They are re-badging everything in sight to give Saab something to sell.
    I wish them luck as well, but I don't hold much hope for their future.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    As for Saab,sadly they are dead.
    GM has no will or money to make Saab a real player in the lux market. They are re-badging everything in sight to give Saab something to sell.
    I wish them luck as well, but I don't hold much hope for their future.

    Well GM management already has a 9-5 and 9-3 replacement in store. How good will they be ? Well I can only hope they are atleast as good as the Asians. Volvo like I said makes a darn good car, but it's not like it's light years ahead of it's rivals. If Saab can make AWD and continue to improve Safety and more importantly Technology and Gadgetology, I see no reason why Saab won't sell more cars than Volvo. Saab has alot more engine techology R&D than Volvo. Volvo borrowed a Japanese V-8 from Yahmaha which I'm not sure I agree with :confuse: Atleast Saab can make their own engine, which are technical marvels and will continue to be. ;)

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Actually, Saab doesn't make their own anything. Their engines are sourced from Opel, Subaru and Chevrolet.

    The Yamaha V8 was designed by Volvo, the engine is built by Yamaha because Volvo doesn't have the capacity to build the engine.
    The new Volvo SI6 will be built in England. This is an Inline 6 that has the same exterior dimensions as the the current I5. The engine is so good that Jaguar will be using it to replace their own I6's.

    Saab stands as a cautionary tale about what happens when a big motor co destroys the esprit and character of a smaller one.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    The All-New Volvo S80 Challenges the Class with Scandinavian Luxury

    Volvo is now unveiling the first pictures of the all new Volvo S80.
    The S80 makes its entry onto the market with a dynamic design language, firm focus on premium comfort, smooth driving properties and world-class safety.

    A V8 engine in combination with all-wheel drive, and an entirely new in-line six, powers Volvo's bid to attract this most demanding segment of car buyers.

    The all new Volvo S80 will be unveiled at the international motor show in Geneva, February 28th, with a North American debut at the New York International Auto Show, April 12th.

    “The all new S80 is entering an immensely tough segment where the competition is razor-sharp and the customers have very high expectations. We are now challenging the best in the segment with a very special car. It radiates what we call ‘Scandinavian Luxury,’ clean and elegant lines and intelligent functionality where every single detail has been designed with the user’s well-being in mind,” says Fredrik Arp, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Inviting and Intelligent
    According to Volvo, "Scandinavian Luxury," radiates a different, more human prestige by combining aesthetics and technology in an inviting and intelligent way.

    In the all new Volvo S80, the attributes of luxury are expressed through: simple yet elegant design; technology that gives the user practical benefit or sheer enjoyment in every single detail; and, a sense of responsibility in the form of world-class safety and environmental care.

    “The new S80 is about evolutionary design. All the shapes and materials represent a continuous development of our design language. On the outside we have given the S80 a more, youthful and dynamic stance. Inside we have created an even more inviting atmosphere with refined materials and colors that blend smoothly with smart, user-friendly technology,” explains Volvo Cars’ design director Steve Mattin.

    Engine Range Includes a V8 and an All New In-Line Six
    The second-generation S80 is the first sedan model to become available with Volvo’s compact, transversely mounted V8 engine with a power output of 311 (SAE) horsepower and 325 lb/ft of torque. With four catalytic converters and advanced electronics, this engine, which was first introduced in the Volvo XC90, is one of the cleanest V8s on the market.

    The all new S80 also showcases the introduction of an entirely new naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine, a unit so compact that it is about the same size as Volvo’s five-cylinder engines. It can be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission since the camshaft drive mechanism and the ancillaries have been relocated and partially integrated into the engine block itself.

    The new in-line six has a displacement of 3.2 liters and it produces 235 horsepower. The maximum torque of 236 lb/ft provides rapid acceleration.

    All-Wheel Drive in Combination with V8
    Volvo’s largest sedan model now will be available with All-Wheel Drive. The AWD and V8 combination initially appeared in the successful integration of the XC90 V8.

    The all new S80 can be equipped with an optional Four-C active chassis. The Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept, which was introduced with the performance on demand S60 R, automatically adjusts chassis settings to better suit the current driving conditions.

    To further control, performance, and safety, DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) is fitted as standard to enhance performance and safety,…and a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is also fitted as standard.

    New Safety Systems
    The safety level is world-class – the new S80 is a true Volvo. The structure, which was among the pioneers of 5-star performance, has been further developed and newly patented. In addition, new active safety systems are among the new S80 features.

    The all new S80 will be the first Volvo model to feature Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Brake Support.

    This available system encompasses two functions:

    The adaptive cruise control automatically maintains a selected distance to the vehicle in front.
    If the adaptive cruise control is not being used and the gap to the vehicle in front closes so fast that a collision is likely, the system alerts the driver by activating a buzzer and warning lights. At the same time, the braking system is prepared for the situation to make braking more effective.

    The new S80 will be available with active Bi-Xenon headlights that turn the beam of light in the direction of the bending road to provide the best possible visibility.

    The advanced PCC (Personal Car Communicator) remote control unit is a world's first, featuring a number of intelligence functions. Even before the driver gets to the car, he or she can check its security status, for example if the car is locked or whether the alarm has been activated. A heartbeat sensor warns if someone is hiding inside the car.

    World-Class Audio System
    The all new Volvo S80 can of course be equipped with Volvo’s Premium Sound audio system. A Digital ICE Power amplifier from Alpine, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround and loudspeakers from DynAudio of Denmark work in concert to produce a quality audio experience that is superb.

    “We are convinced that the all new Volvo S80 will be a very strong contender that will win over many new customers. We expect 70 percent of the average volume of 50,000 cars a year to be purchased by customers who do not drive a Volvo today. The main markets are the USA, Germany, Spain, Sweden and China,” says Fredrik Arp.

    Visit the All-New Volvo S80 site.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    The All-New Volvo S80 Powered by New-Six-Cylinder In-line Engine

    Volvo Cars is unveiling an entirely new high-efficiency six-cylinder in-line engine, featuring an advanced induction system that contributes to both good performance and impressive fuel efficiency. Volvo's innovative engineering solutions have created a remarkably compact engine for the second generation of its new S80 luxury sedan. As a result, the transversely installed engine further contributes to impressive impact safety.

    The all new compact, six-cylinder engine, designed by Volvo, features a main structure that is made entirely of aluminum. In spite of its compactness, the new engine has a larger displacement, more horsepower, and a higher peak torque than Volvo's previous generation naturally aspirated in-line six.

    “The engine has been designed to be mated to Volvo’s new six-speed automatic transmission,” says Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain at Volvo Cars. “And the entire driveline has been designed together with the rest of the car so as to create a harmonious, high-class driving experience in every respect.”

    Two Engines in One
    The engine features a range of very technically advanced solutions. An advanced valve train and a variable intake system mean that the engine can be exploited efficiently throughout the rev range, thus promoting alert response and excellent performance. At the same time, the engine is very fuel-efficient.

    The valve train features VCT (Variable Cam Timing) and CPS (Cam Profile Switching) on the inlet side – two key elements in providing the engine with excellent driveability and flexibility.

    CPS (Cam Profile Switching) means that the camshaft is designed such that the inlet valves are lifted to two different heights depending on engine speed and load.

    In normal driving with normal throttle opening and low engine revs, fuel consumption is modest yet torque is sufficient to provide good driveability.

    In more enthusiastic driving, which involves full throttle opening and high engine revs, the engine response to acceleration is instantaneous, providing a massive thrust of power at both low and at high speeds.

    “In principle, Cam Profile Switching creates two engines in one,” explains Derek Crabb. “We can unite widely differing demands on the engine, and easily meet the requirements of customers with entirely different wishes. For instance, we can satisfy customers who prioritize performance as well as those who are more interested in driving comfort and fuel economy with equal ease.”

    VIS (Variable Intake System) has been equipped with two throttle flap valves which adjust the intake manifold volume to suit the current driving situation. This results in a uniformly high and broad torque curve.

    “Through precise interplay with the flap valves we actually get three different torque curves that are integrated with one another,” says Derek Crabb. “Consequently, we can exploit the engine’s capacity to the maximum and extract the highest possible power throughout the rev range. The result is alert response to the accelerator pedal at both low and high speeds, with both generous power and good driveability.”

    Compact Format Contributes to Impressive Collision Safety
    Despite the engine’s 3.2 liter displacement, the exterior dimensions are extremely compact. The complete engine package is only about one-tenth of an inch longer than Volvo’s five-cylinder engine. The total engine length is less than 25 inches.

    “A compact format is a matter of safety,” explains Derek Crabb. “It is particularly important that the engine takes up minimal space longitudinally in the vehicle. Volvo’s engines are fitted transversely and a compact engine thus has more space to move inside the engine compartment in the event of an impact that deforms the car’s front. This helps reduce the risk of engine penetration into the passenger compartment.”

    The engine itself cannot be made all that much smaller since the cylinder spacing and block structure are roughly the same as in the five-cylinder engine. Instead, the focus was on building the entire installation, encompassing the engine, automatic transmission and ancillaries, in as compact a package as possible. One additional condition that had to be taken into account was that the transmission would be a six-speed automatic.

    Integrated Drive System with Shaft in Shaft Design
    The compact dimensions of the transversely mounted, in-line six-cylinder engine are ensured by locating the ancillaries, such as the Power Assisted Steering Pump and Air Conditioning Compressor, behind the engine in the space above the gearbox. Consequently, there is no front-end drive of the ancillaries. Instead they are driven via gears by the rear end of the crankshaft. This engineering solution is known as READ – Rear End Ancillary Drive. The alternator is direct-driven and installed on the engine block. This solution means that the entire engine and transmission package takes up minimum space, particularly in the car’s longitudinal direction.

    By designing the drive system in the form of a small gearbox with an intermediate shaft inside the driveshaft – known as a Shaft-in-Shaft design – it was possible to ensure a very short package. The two shafts are driven by different gears that give them different speeds (one speed for camshaft drive and one for the ancillaries).

    “We are very proud of this compact solution,” relates Derek Crabb. “A lot of highly advanced development work was required in order to arrive at a design that ensures smooth and quiet operation.”

    The vibration damper too, which compensates for vibration in the six-cylinder engine’s relatively long crankshaft, has been moved inside the engine block. The IVD (Internal Viscous Damper) is a fluid type - an unusual solution in the context of passenger cars.

    “All told, the new six-cylinder engine offers a premium experience in every respect,” comments Derek Crabb. “This applies to its performance and fuel efficiency, and also to its driving comfort and the sound of the engine. The fact that the engine’s design also helps enhance safety isn’t something the customer usually thinks about, but it is naturally a central part of Volvo’s product concept,” he adds.

    Built in Wales
    Volvo’s new six-cylinder engine will be built in Ford’s modern engine factory in Bridgend, Wales. The factory was built in 1980 and had already manufactured ten million engines by 2001. In recent years, considerable investments have been made to meet the stringent quality requirements imposed by Ford’s Premium Automotive Group (PAG).

    “Bridgend is a dedicated engine production unit,” explains Derek Crabb. “The factory builds many of the six- and eight-cylinder engines for the PAG brands. Although the new Volvo engine is being built in Bridgend, it was specified, designed, engineered and developed entirely by Volvo. The engine will start series production the
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    The All-New Volvo S80 - Safety

    In nearly every area of occupant safety – from highly sophisticated crash energy management in the chassis and new side impact air bags, to swiveling headlights and a new generation of support systems that help the driver make the right decisions – the all new Volvo S80 expands Volvo Car Corporation’s leadership in both preventative and protective safety.

    Next Generation Safety

    In the tradition of the first generation Volvo S80 luxury sedan that introduced innovations like the Inflatable Curtain (IC) head and upper body protection, and the ground-breaking Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) seating, the second generation S80 is a showcase of Volvo safety research and development.

    The long list of innovations in protective (passive) safety is impressive,…including sophisticated crash energy absorption systems in the structure, the next generation of WHIPS whiplash mitigation, new Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) side airbags with separate chambers to protect chest and hips, and new protection for pedestrians.

    Protective Safety

    “The next generation S80 features a patented advanced body structure, offering high torsional rigidity which very effectively contributes to impact energy absorption,” says Silvia Güllsdorf, S80 Project Director at Volvo Cars.

    The patented front body structure in the Volvo S80 has been divided into zones, each with a different task during the deformation process in a collision. The outer zones are responsible for most of the deformation. The closer the collision forces get to the passenger compartment, the less the material deforms.

    The design of the drivetrain, including the transverse mounting of the engines and significant engineering to reduce the exterior dimensions of the engines and transmissions, has added additional deformation capacity in the engine compartment. “There is a great deal of creativity and advanced engine technology behind these solutions,” says Güllsdorf.

    Improved Side Airbag

    A new side airbag helps the patented Volvo Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) become even more effective. The new airbags have two separate chambers – one for the hips and one for the chest. As the hips can withstand greater forces than the chest, the lower chamber can be inflated to a pressure that is up to five times higher than in the upper chamber. The new side airbags interact with the Inflatable Curtains (IC) and the body’s structure to optimize protection. Both the sills and the B-pillars have been reinforced.

    Improved WHIPS System

    Rear impact protection is also enhanced. The groundbreaking WHIPS system in the S80 has been improved to provide better compliance and support for the head in the event of an impact.

    Pedestrian Protection

    Protection for pedestrians and cyclists was also a consideration in the design of the all new S80. The front of the car has energy-absorbing features, including a well-proportioned, soft structure in front of the bumper to mitigate the risk of leg injuries. The lower edge of the spoiler has been reinforced and moved forward, almost in line with the bumper, to distribute the impact, on a leg for example, over a greater area to reduce the risk of injury.

    The shape of the hood has been raised and a honeycomb structure underneath distributes the load on impact, helping to absorb the forces and reduce the risks of injury.

    Active Bi-Xenon Lights

    To produce an optimal range of vision when driving in the dark on winding roads, Volvo Cars has introduced the Active Bi-Xenon Light – swivelling headlights that follow the bends in the road. Road situations are measured and analyzed using a mini-processor which then optimizes the lighting. The headlights can be swivelled up to 15 degrees in each direction, and have the capacity to illuminate a longer distance when the road is winding. To save wear on the system, this function is disconnected automatically in daylight.

    The angle of the headlights adjusts to variables such as vehicle load, acceleration, and braking to help reduce the risk of blinding oncoming road users. The headlights are cleaned by means of an electro-mechanical, high-pressure system that washes one headlight at a time to offer the best possible illumination.

    Personal Security -- the PCC

    Improved personal security is also a high priority for many buyers, and the Personal Car Communicator (PCC) is a world first from Volvo Cars that will help address their concerns.

    The new PCC is an advanced pocket-sized control module that both sends and received information from the car. In its personal security role, the PCC provides information which could be crucial to the security of the car owner. By simply pressing a button, the car owner can acquire information within a few seconds:

    o whether the car is locked or unlocked

    o whether the alarm is activated or not

    o whether there is someone in the car (which is determined using a highly sensitive heartbeat sensor and an advanced calculation process)

    The information is accessible and relevant as long as the distance between the PCC and the car is within approximately 300 feet. The most recent information is stored in the module so that at any time and in any place a check can be made to see if the car was actually locked when it was parked.

    “Personal security is one of the cornerstones of the Volvo safety profile,” says Güllsdorf. “It is about having your car left undisturbed and avoiding situations that could entail personal risk.”

    Please note the PCC may not be available in some markets.


    Other safety technologies in the all new Volvo S80

    • A collapsible steering wheel, which during deformation is moved horizontally for the best possible interaction with the airbag

    • Pedals with a collapse function

    • Airbags with a dual-stage function

    • Seatbelt pretensioners for all five seating positions

    • Force limiters for the front seatbelts

    • Reinforced, transversely mounted pipe between the A-pillars (contributes to side impact protection)

    • Reinforced and rigid SIPS pipes in the seats and a deformable steel box in the center of the car

    · Optional Self Supporting Tires (run-flat) with tire pressure monitoring system

    · Highly advanced brake system with four key enhancements – Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA), Optimized Hydraulic Brakes (OHB), Ready Alert Brakes (RAB) and Fading Brake Support (FBS)

    • Diagonally mounted crossmembers made of Ultra High Strength Steel in the doors
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011

    Energy Absorption and Deformation

    To give each zone the correct properties, the steel grades have been varied. Four different grades of steel are used. Apart from conventional bodywork steel, three different grades of high-strength steel are strategically placed: High Strength Steel, Extra High Strength Steel and Ultra High Strength Steel.

    Low-speed deformation zone

    The front bumper incorporates a rigid crossmember made of Ultra High-Strength Steel. The attachments to the body's longitudinal members are designed in the form of “crash boxes”. These help absorb the forces in a low-speed collision without damage to the other parts of the body structure.

    High-speed deformation zone

    Portions of the longitudinal chassis members are made of High-Strength Steel - very ductile steel that is optimized for high-energy absorption. This zone accounts for most of the deformation.

    Back-up Zone

    The section of the crossmember that turns outward towards the A-pillars act as a barrier to protect the passenger compartment, serving as a back-up to reduce deformation. The design also helps minimize the risk of the front wheel penetrating the passenger compartment. Instead, the wheel helps to absorb the collision forces. This section is very rigid and is made of Extra High-Strength Steel.

    Three-way attachment

    A rigid side member links the A-pillars and the lower side members so that they form an extremely rigid three-way attachment on each side. The design contributes significantly to protecting the passenger compartment in a serious collision.


    Well Just like the new girl on the block, obviously a young talented European Singer named Sophia Scofield, with her new song and the Volvo S80 anthem called "Prove It"

    I'd like to think I backed up my words with facts and not myths ;)

    I just proved it :P making the claim that the new 2007' Volvo S80 is the safest production car in the world.

    I also want to tell Loren, until a Hyundai Sonata can match what I just posted in sheer safety equipment and crash test history, the Volvo stands alone on a pedestal as the king of safety for passenger cars. :shades:
    "You can take that to the bank" :blush:

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