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S80: Volvo’s Scandinavian Luxury Car
Volvo has created a refined Scandinavian luxury car in the form of the S80. This Scandinavian beauty is included in the latest generation of Volvo’s vehicles that are naturally aspirated and possess evolutionary styling.
The S80 is the largest of Volvo’s S-range of saloons and said to be providing competitive alternatives that dominating models are offering. S80 combines the distinct Scandinavian style, excellent ride and handling that characterized a dynamic Volvo. The engines available for S80 includes the all-new 315hp V8 with AWD and 3.2L naturally aspirated inline-six-cylinder with 238 horsepower, available with AWD.
According to Frederik Arp, Volvo Cars CEO, “We are convinced that the all new Volvo S80 will be a very strong contender in its class and win over many new customers considering the other popular premium brand rivals. We expect to sell 50,000 new S80s a year around the world, of which 70 per cent will be new Volvo customers.”
The debut of the first generation S80, Volvo has specifically heralded its bold design that reflects the automaker’s new design direction. But the Swedish automaker did not stop there. Its team of designers cleverly incorporated an auto styling innovation that reflects youthful and dynamic design language plus of course with the addition of Volvo safety technology.
Steve Mattin, Volvo Cars Design Deirector said, “The all new S80 is about evolutionary design. All the shapes and materials it uses represent a continuous development of the Volvo design language. We have given the all new S80 a more youthful and dynamic stance, and created an even more inviting atmosphere by using refined materials and colours that blend smoothly with smart, user-friendly technology.”
In terms of safety technology, the S80 features a unique Personal Car Communicator or PCC and new active safety systems like Collision Warning and Brake Support with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), active Bi-Xenon headlights and a patented body structure developed at the award winning Volvo Safety Centre.
The PPC is a remarkable feature in the sense that it includes an optional key fob that makes “keyless drive” possible and delivers intelligent technology to remotely check if the vehicle is locked or not. This same feature also alerts the driver if the alarm has been activated. A heartbeat sensor also gives off an alarm if there is someone left inside the car. The Collision Warning System alerts the driver via a heads-up warning display on the windscreen plus audible buzzer, in case the gap to the car in front closes so fast that collision is imminent, the Brake Support System boosts the braking force to ensure that the car will stop just on time to prevent collisions.
The S80 is equipped with only the best auto parts that Volvo can offer as a fact even its Volvo CV joint is made extra special just to meet the high standard set by the automaker for the S80. The safety features of the new S80 surpassed previous lineup like for example the 1985 Volvo 780.
About the Author: Glady Reign is a 32 year old is a consultant for an automotive firm based in Detroit, Mi. she is a native of the motor city and grew up around cars hence her expertise in the automotive field.