Currently reading: Volvo promises pioneering safety tech for all-new XC90
The new Volvo XC90 SUV, which is due to be revealed in August, will come packed with new safety tech including an advanced park assist package and accident detection
Darren Moss
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2 mins read
22 July 2014

Volvo claims the all-new XC90 SUV - which is due to go on sale later this year - will be one of the safest vehicles ever made. Among the new model's standard safety systems will be two claimed world-first technologies, including new accident avoidance and junction braking systems.

The expanded safety tech is part the firm's plan that nobody will die or be seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.

Key among the XC90's safety features is a new system for protecting cars which have been forced off the road in accidents - something Volvo claims is a world first. 

The system, dubbed Safe Positioning, combines pre-tensioning the front seat belts if a crash is detected with using an energy-absorbing seat to minimise spinal injuries. 

A lane departure warning system can also apply torque to the steering wheel, while a driver alert system detects if motorists aren't paying attention and directs them to the nearest rest stop.

Another technology which Volvo claims is a world first is its junction braking system. If the XC90 detects that a rear impact by a vehicle at a junction is imminent, it pre-tensions the seat belts, as well as activating lights to warn the driver behind. The system also protects against turning into the path of an oncoming car. Volvo says its seats use the next generation of whiplash protection technology to prevent injuries.

Meanwhile, a roll-over prevention system can apply braking force to wheels and restrict engine torque if the vehicle is in danger of rolling over. A new Queue Assist can also allow the car to take over autonomous acceleration, braking and steering when manouvering in a slow-moving queue. City braking, road sign recognition and blind spot monitoring systems also feature. 

Buyers will also be able to specify a new suite of assistance technologies dubbed IntelliSafe. An extended parking assist function can guide motorists into parking bays while monitoring the area around the car for traffic, while a 360-degree view is presented to the driver inside.

The Safe Positioning, lane assist, driver alert, junction braking, city braking and road sign recognition systems have already been confirmed as standard equipment on the new car, although Volvo won't reveal exact specification or pricing information until closer to its launch.

The company has already revealed the powertrain options which will be available when the new XC90 goes on sale. Offered from the outset will be a T8-badged petrol-electric hybrid as well as D5 and D4 diesel options.

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The Apprentice 22 July 2014

How about not bothering with

How about not bothering with any of the gadgets and just making an all round decent 7 seat SUV that is 10K+ cheaper? as the current one has to be discounted (and has for years) by £10K to shift them? - would sell like hot spuds to those that still can't bring themselves to buy a Hyundai but can't afford posher brands. Instead of the safety angle play on the Swedish cool class less factor. Nissan (new X-Trail) are tapping into that market already, and a Volvo is posher than a Nissan in the school car park.
optima 22 July 2014

Worst thing ever

The worst thing ever was to put these touch screen info systems in cars, the amount of drivers I have seen tapping and scrolling the screen when driving is unbelievable. These should be banned its only like using a hand held phone or texting at the wheel yet car makers are putting them in vehicles and using them for most of the controls of the vehicle.
Citytiger 22 July 2014

See the Volvo

haters are out in force, coming out with the same old boring put downs.. As for flagging sales, I dont think so, they are actually selling more than this time last year, and are the fastest growing premium brand percentage wise in Europe. Yes. Seriously. Volvo. The Swedish carmaker is growing at a rate that more than triples the growth of its luxury competition, with the latest European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) report showing that Volvo Cars has grown 14.1 percent while the rest of the European premium market has grown 4.3 percent.

Further, Volvo Cars is ahead of industry trends for the first five months of the year in Europe, with a 9.6 percent year-to-date growth in registrations compared to a 6.6 percent growth for the rest of the market. In May, 21,854 Volvo cars were registered for European drivers; thus far in 2014, 101,903 Volvos have been registered in Europe. Still dont let the facts get in the way...

Cobnapint 23 July 2014

The percentage game

Citytiger wrote:

haters are out in force, coming out with the same old boring put downs.. As for flagging sales, I dont think so, they are actually selling more than this time last year, and are the fastest growing premium brand percentage wise in Europe. Yes. Seriously. Volvo. The Swedish carmaker is growing at a rate that more than triples the growth of its luxury competition, with the latest European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) report showing that Volvo Cars has grown 14.1 percent while the rest of the European premium market has grown 4.3 percent.

Further, Volvo Cars is ahead of industry trends for the first five months of the year in Europe, with a 9.6 percent year-to-date growth in registrations compared to a 6.6 percent growth for the rest of the market. In May, 21,854 Volvo cars were registered for European drivers; thus far in 2014, 101,903 Volvos have been registered in Europe. Still dont let the facts get in the way...

Volvo itself might have grown more in percentage terms, but that is from a relatively low starting point so even a low level increase in sales would look good. I've just downloaded the European wide car registration figures for 2013 from the ACEA website. Volvo's market share is 1.6%, while Dacia have 2.4, Fiat 4.7, Seat 2.3, Peugeot 6.0, bla bla. Incredibly they do actually beat JLR who have 1.1%, and Porsche with 0.3%. Volvo's are probably nice cars now (they can't be any worse than the 440 I moved for somebody sometime ago - I still get nightmares) but to present them as a soaring success story is cooking the books somewhat.