Volvo to bring sportier R-Design vehicles to NZ

September 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Volvo is introducing R-Design versions of its new S60 sedan and V60 wagon.

With more aggressive front styling and other body enhancement, the R-Design models also incorporate a specially developed sports chassis so the driving experience can match up with the sportier looks.

The S60 will be launched in New Zealand at the start of 2011 and the V60 will follow in the second quarter. R-Design versions of both cars will be available as part of the model range.

The R-Design range offers more dynamic and sporting models in the Volvo range, while retaining the marque’s legendary safe and sophisticated core values.

Volvo Cars’ chassis experts have taken the next step on the road to a more exciting and rewarding driving experience. “In the R-Design chassis we’ve sharpened the steering, the agility and the solid overall impression still further compared with the dynamic chassis in the all-new S60 and V60,” says Stefan Sällqvist, manager of vehicle dynamics at Volvo Cars.

The all-new Volvo S60 and V60 R-Design come with a range of upgraded design details both inside and out.

The exteriors have been re-designed with various features combining to present a more imposing presence. Glossy, piano black grille, colour-coded body components, matt black details and a hexagonal pattern front and rear combine with twin exhaust pipes and bespoke 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels to emphasise the overall sporty appearance. The R-design models will be available in a choice of eight colours.

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Volvo S60 ceases production… for now

April 14th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Volvo S60 production

The best days for Volvo’s S60 are long gone. The once-strong sales have fallen from 100,000 units in the S60’s early years to a bleak 6,200 in 2008. It was a solid performer but  even Volvo knows its played out, and they’re experts at extending the life-span of models. To make room for the new S60, the last of the originals came off the line on March 31st at the Volvo factory in Ghent, Belgium. The last car built a Sapphire Black S60 is headed to Taiwan, and caps a run of nearly 580,000 S60 vehicles in total.

The S60 is a journeyman model for Volvo, and played a crucial role in the automaker’s lineup for many years. Although once competitive in its segment, the S60 has been surpassed by just about everyone else, and the Ghent factory is now busy focusing on launching the 2010 S60.

Crystal concept for Volvo S60

November 3rd, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Volvo crystal concept

Volvo Cars has engaged Swedish glassworks Orrefors to create a floating centre stack in crystal for the company’s next concept car, which will be a first taste of the next-generation Volvo S60. It will be shown for the first time at the Detroit international motor show in January 2009.

In the concept car the crystal-clear centre stack forms a wave from the instrument panel all the way to the rear seat backrest.

“It almost looks like a waterfall from the instrument panel, flowing through the centre of the car,” says Volvo Cars design director Steve Mattin.

“If you want to explore the full scope of Scandinavian design, Sweden’s glassworks are a natural source of inspiration. Large glass areas are also very much part of modern Swedish architecture, creating the special, light transparency,” says Steve Mattin.

The experts at Orrefors were keen to accept the challenge and the result is one of the most unusual and handcraft-intensive objects in the company’s 110-year history. Producing the stack was in itself a challenge beyond the ordinary – even for experts at Orrefors.

“The full-size crystal piece in the concept car will not be a production feature. However, it does open up opportunities to use crystal on a smaller scale in the future. We’ll have to see how our customers respond,” says Steve Mattin.

Beside the driver’s seat, the crystal console cuts straight through the instrument panel and its upper section forms a navigation screen at the precise height of the driver’s combined instruments.

The gear selector has a versatile new shape. In the horizontal position it offers drive in automatic mode. If the driver is in the mood for sporty manual gear changes, the lever can be flipped up into the vertical position. Beside the gear selector there is also the starter button and parking brake.

“We’ve put the focus on ergonomics and safety. With the combined instruments at the same height as the navigation screen, all it takes is a horizontal eye movement to switch between sources of information. Another example is the controls used when you start and stop driving are a few centimetres from each other near the gear selector,” explains Steve Mattin.

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