March 7, 2003
Volvo XC90 awarded `Best Engineered Vehicle for 2003′
Detroit, Michigan – Automotive Engineering International magazine has awarded “Best
Engineered Vehicle for 2003” to the Volvo XC90. The announcement coincided with the
opening of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2003 World Congress, March 3-6,
in Detroit, Michigan.
“The Volvo XC90 was selected because the engineering team sought to address
virtually all of the primary criticisms that are leveled at SUVs today,” said Kevin
Jost, editor of AEI. “This vehicle not only features five engineering `firsts’ —
but the list of significant engineering highlights is very impressive.”
Active and passive safety — long a hallmark of the Volvo brand — get plenty of
attention in the XC90. Project director Hans Wikman said, “It was important for the
XC90 to be leading in safety from all aspects — frontal, side, offset, and rear
Other advances include Boron steel B-pillars and roof structure, variable valve
timing in both intake and exhaust valvetrain, interior air quality sensor, and an
“ozone eater” radiator that is designed to reduce ground-level ozone as it passes
through the unit.
Environmental concerns and SUVs often collide in the minds of consumers, and the
engineers at Volvo were focused on correcting that perception from the beginning.
“We designed it (the XC90) to meet car instead of truck emission levels,” says
Wikman. The team’s aim was to lead the segment in both fuel economy and emissions
performance, in spite of the vehicle’s size and the weight that comes with superior