Monday, June 8, 2009


The year began with a large splash at the Detroit Motor Show in January with the launch of – the Volvo XC90. The XC90 is an immediate success. No other Volvo has ever won so many awards in such a short time. It soon gains the highest safety ratings from independent testing bodies in both Europe and the United States. The Volvo XC90 is an SUV – a Sports Utility Vehicle. It has been developed with safety uppermost in mind, including the safety of other road users such as those in smaller cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

Volvo celebrates its 75th birthday on April 14th.

Previewed in the shape of the Performance Concept Car 1, the Volvo S60R and V70 R high-performance models are unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September. They have a six-speed gearbox and AWD. Their 300 bhp engines deliver a maximum torque of 295 lb/ft.

Also presented in the course of the year are the Adventure Concept Car 2 and the Performance.

Volvo Adventure – Volvo inaugurates an environmental program for young people.

PZEV (Partial Zero Emission Vehicle) engine introduced in California.

New Volvo Cars designed for 85% recoverability.

RSC (Roll Stability Control), Volvo's innovative active stability system introduced as world's first.

Lower front crossmember (in Volvo XC90) to increase safety compatibility with lower cars.

Development of virtual, pregnant crash test dummy.

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