Volvo S60 concept
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Detroit, Michigan – The Volvo S60 Concept car unveiled at the North American International Auto Show today is a clear indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it is introduced in 2010, says Volvo.

“The sporty design gives visual promise of an enthusiastic drive and I can assure you here and now that the all-new S60 will live up to that promise. The driving properties are better than in any previous Volvo. The car’s technology will also help you to be a better and safer driver,” said Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell.

“In forthcoming models, you will see more and more of our “racetrack” design cues,” said Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin. The car’s lines do not end abruptly but instead forge a continuous flow pattern inspired by the fast sweeps of the racing track. In the concept car, this is particularly visible at the rear.”

The driver’s environment has been designed to provide good sight lines and convenient control. The combined instruments have the centre stack’s floating, almost weightless feel. “The speedometer is designed as a three-dimensional glass spiral. The low numbers appear closest to the eye and the figures appear to be increasingly distant as you accelerate. The idea is that the speedometer should provide a visual reminder of the forward motion,” explained Mattin.

The S60 Concept also offers a ground-breaking safety innovation that, among other things, can detect a pedestrian who steps out into the path of the car – and the car’s full braking power is automatically activated if the driver does not respond to the danger.

In an emergency situation, the driver first gets an audible warning together with a flashing light in the windscreen’s head-up display. In order to prompt an immediate reaction, the visual warning is designed to look like a brake light coming on in front. If the driver does not respond to the warning and the system assesses that a collision is imminent, the car’s full braking power is activated automatically

The engine that Volvo Cars has chosen for the Volvo S60 Concept is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre unit using high-efficiency GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) technology and producing 180 horsepower. The engine in combination with a range of other technical measures makes it possible to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 119 g/km (5.0 l/100 km).

Volvo Cars’ first production car with GTDi technology will be introduced during the second half of 2009.

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