Göteborg, Sweden – Volvo Cars has engaged Swedish glassworks company Orrefors to help create the interior of the company’s next concept car, which will form the basis of the next-generation Volvo S60. The joint creation, a “floating” centre stack of handmade Orrefors crystal, will be unveiled at the Detroit International Auto Show in January 2009.

In the concept car, the clear centre stack forms a wave from the instrument panel to the rear seat backrest. “It almost looks like a waterfall from the instrument panel, flowing through the centre of the car,” said Steve Mattin, Volvo Cars design director. “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.”

The crystal rests on rubber pads and uses invisible light sources to create a glow that can be tailored to suit the driver’s mood. The finished piece consists of three sections for strength, joined together at the Volvo Cars concept workshop.

“The full-size crystal piece in the concept car will not be a production feature,” Mattin said. “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.”

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