The big news over at the Volvo stand, is the debut of its new mid-sized luxury SUV, the XC60. The XC60 will debut ?City Safety? - a world-first in low-speed crash avoidance technology. It is also just a damn fine looking SUV.
Show attendees are able to view live demonstrations (involving infatable cars) of the new avoidance technology, in Hall 1, throughout the course of the motor show.
According to Volvo, City Safety collision avoidance technology prevents front-end collisions when the vehicle is being driven at speeds of up to 30km/h where the speed differential between the two vehicles is no more than 15km/h. City Safety is constantly on the job, monitoring vehicles up to six metres in front of the XC60 via a laser located in its windscreen.
If the City Safety sensors determine that the XC60 is approaching the vehicle in front at a speed that will result in a collision, it will automatically apply the vehicles brakes. But it?s not fool-proof, with Volvo admitting that while the system is capable of avoiding a collision entirely, in extreme situations (travelling too quickly) the accident can be unavoidable, in which case it will help to reduce the severity of the accident.
And there you were thinking Volvo's were already safe.
Also featuring on the Volvo stand are the C30 DRIVe and Flexifuel C30 1.8F. The C30 DRIVe is currently being evaluated for launch in Australia, the benefits of the new DRIVe technology include extremely low fuel consumption averages, as well as plans to further reduce CO2 emissions to 100g/km through the use of stop/start technology from 2009. This not only lowers emissions but also further improve fuel economy to as low as 3.8l/100km.
The C30 DRIVe is fitted with a maintenance-free particle filter that traps about 95 percent of all soot particles as well as a reduction of aerodynamic resistance that combine to allow Volvo to reach its emission goals.
The Flexifuel C30 1.8F incorporates modifications to the normally aspirated 1.8-litre four-cylinder Flexifuel engine to allow it to operate on bioethanol fuel, producing 92kW and 165Nm.