Volvo Cars teams up with Bowers & Wilkins to create an exceptional audio system for the all-new Volvo XC90
- New system is one of the top audio systems available in the automotive world
- Volvo XC90 delivers fully integrated air-ventilated subwoofer
The all-new Volvo XC90, which will be revealed later this year, will offer one of the top audio systems available in the automotive world after engineers at the Swedish car company joined forces with their counterparts at the renowned British audio equipment company Bowers & Wilkins.
The Bowers & Wilkins system for the all-new XC90 uses bespoke acoustic technology developed over its five decades of pioneering research into loudspeaker design. The XC90 system is derived directly from acoustic technology developed for reference speakers used in some of the world’s most demanding acoustic environments, including London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios.
The result of the collaboration uses a combination of high-performance, low-distortion speaker designs, including extended range aluminum tweeters and Kevlar® midrange units, reflecting components found in Bowers & Wilkins award-winning premium loudspeakers. It also features a center speaker with Bowers & Wilkins tweeter-on-top technology for the first time in a car, providing a more open, spacious sound.
“The XC90 uses our tweeter-on-top technology, which has a number of advantages in the automotive environment. Fundamentally it increases the ratio of direct to reflected sound, as more of the signal reaches the listener directly from the tweeter, rather than reflecting off the windscreen first. All of this means that the Bowers & Wilkins audio system in the XC90 sounds incredibly tangible and lifelike,” said Stuart Nevill, Head of Engineering, Bowers & Wilkins.
The system is comprised of a 12-channel HARMAN 1,400 watts Class D amplifier serving a total of 19 Bowers & Wilkins speakers – 7 Nautilus tweeters (25 mm) with the latest treble technology, 7 midrange speakers (5x100 mm and 2x80 mm) with the characteristic yellow Bowers & Wilkins Kevlar cone clearly visible behind the cover, 4 cone woofers (200/165 mm) and the new, ground-breaking air-ventilated subwoofer (250 mm).
The engineers at Volvo Cars’ audio department and Bowers & Wilkins share a commitment to the highest standards of audio quality, and they were driven to make the sound system in the XC90 stand shoulder to shoulder with the best currently available in the automotive market. This is also clear from a design integration perspective with a uniquely sculpted tweeter placed prominently on the dashboard.
“In my book the Premium Sound in the all-new XC90 is one of the top three audio systems in the automotive world,” said Michael Adenauer, former music producer and audio expert at Volvo Cars.
Volvo Cars decided that Bowers & Wilkins was its ideal partner. The UK firm was established in 1966 by two friends who shared an obsession to build the perfect loud speaker. This heritage has created a globally-respected high-end audio company, renowned for its technological innovations, many of which have been incorporated into the XC90.
The audio innovations in the XC90 include one of the first automotive applications of an air-ventilated subwoofer integrated into the body of the car rather than being a freestanding box that is simply bolted to it.
“The subwoofer design is integrated into our new Scalable Product Architecture and is possibly a world first in the automotive industry,” said Adenauer. “This increases the subwoofer’s capacity to pulse more air, which enables extremely low bass tones all the way down to 20 Hz. In principle, it turns the whole interior space in the car into a giant subwoofer.”
New software enhances listening experience
The XC90’s new audio system also uses the latest and most advanced sound processing software from the specialist Swedish audio company Dirac Research, which manages the timing of the sound and cooperation between the speakers to optimize the sound for a specific, or all seating positions, and can also create individual acoustics from certain music venues or concert halls.
In the XC90, the software has been used to re-create the exact acoustic qualities of Gothenburg Concert Hall, located in Volvo’s home town and home to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Sweden. A simple change in the center touch screen that controls all the car’s features and the system will immediately alter its settings to mirror this concert hall, a recording studio or a stage environment.
The top-of-the-line Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound is one of the system levels available for the XC90. The audio range also includes the High Performance system with a 224W amplifier, 12 speakers and the possibility to add the fresh air subwoofer.
“Great music and sound are among the most important factors for a truly enjoyable drive. This makes the choice of audio systems a vital part of our designed-around-you philosophy. We are very happy to be able to offer the music aficionados among the XC90 buyers one of the most desirable audio systems on the market,” said Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.
Volvo Cars receives prestigious Telematics Update Award
Following an intensive period of product development, Volvo Cars is delighted to receive the Global OEM Infotainment Solutions Award from Telematics Update in conjunction with the 14th Annual Telematics Conference held on June 3rd in Detroit.
This year’s awards received over 400 nominations, with Volvo Cars appearing in two separate categories: Global OEM Infotainment Solutions Award and Best Automotive Application Award.
“We are delighted to receive this award following several years of intensive work bringing our in-car infotainment systems up to a world class standard. The results of our consumer-focused innovations are plain to see with the introduction of our uniquely integrated applications – providing Volvo car drivers with an easy-to-use interface and a rewarding driving experience,” says Dr. Thomas M. Müller, Vice President Electrics/Electronics & E-propulsion engineering at Volvo Cars.
Global OEM Infotainment Solutions Award
The Global OEM Infotainment Solutions Award was presented to Volvo based on the development of the all-new connected infotainment solution Sensus Connect, available in every new Volvo from 2014.
Sensus Connect comes with several key customer benefits, including cloud-based integrated applications that can be easily updated without need for downloads or workshop visits, and robust, reliable mobile and secure Internet connection that protects both personal and car-related data.
Applications delivered by Sensus Connect include the world’s first in-car integration of the Pandora music streaming service in applicable markets, along with the first solution for finding and paying for parking from the car. Other services include location-based service finding, Glympse location sharing, Wikipedia POI information and Connected Service Booking, which will remind you and book at time for you when the car needs to be serviced, TuneIn, Rdio, Stitcher and more.
“Thanks to robust relationships with application developers and close partnerships with Volvo Cloud supplier Ericsson, our Navigation supplier, HERE (a Nokia company), and our telematics supplier Wireless Car, we have the best possible mix of solutions to deliver what is required from our growing customer base,” Dr. Müller added.
Multi-talented Swedes Join Forces To Deliver The Soundtrack Of The Summer
- Volvo Car UK supports up and coming Swedish singer songwriter Andreas Moe
- Signed to Sony Scandinavia, Germany and Benelux and Believe Digital for the rest of the world, Andreas arrives in UK this month to launch his international solo career
- Andreas’ next EP ‘Ocean’ launches July 14th, 2014
Following Volvo Cars successful collaboration with Swedish superstar Robyn, Volvo Car UK is delighted to announce it is joining forces with another talented Swedish musician, Andreas Moe, to launch his international solo career.
Already well known in his native Sweden, and now stepping out from behind the production desk, where he has collaborated and featured with DJ Royalty such as Avicii, Tiesto and Hardwell, 25-year-old Andreas Moe kicks off his international career this month.
In addition to his production credits and features, Andreas is also an accomplished song writer, having collected three double Platinum, two Platinum awards for various artists and 1 Gold award for a recent collaboration with Boyzone, and has toured as main support act to headliners such as Gabrielle Aplin.
To kick start the partnership, Andreas arrived at Volvo Car UK’s headquarters in Maidenhead to perform a live set for staff. Meanwhile, his upcoming EP, ‘Ocean’ is released on July 14th and the lead single can be viewed on social media here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKuyZ6gSqkE
“I’m really excited about this partnership and delighted that Volvo Car UK is supporting me at this early stage in my career,” said Andreas.
“I’ve grown up with Volvo in Sweden so it’s amazing that they’re helping me out here in the UK – I’m looking forward to working with them on some exciting projects throughout the year.”
Born in Stockholm, Andreas kicked off his career aged 16, touring every single youth club, bar and music venue in his home city before becoming a sought after writer, session guitarist, producer and singer in his own right. In 2011, he signed his first publishing deal with London based Phrased Differently.
A musical polymath, Andreas says his influences have been equally wide-ranging, from Michael Jackson, to Iron Maiden and Kiss, to Jeff Buckley. His own songs cover these musical influences, while lyrical inspiration comes from his experiences of love and relationships.
Andreas had his first big break in 2011 when he was asked to feature on Avicii's world-wide hit single 'Fade into Darkness' and from there the buzz picked up furthermore when he sang and co-wrote the double Platinum selling singles “Long Time”, “Under The Sun” and “Dance Our Tears Away” with Swedish DJ, John de Sohn, picked up by LA Reid in the US on Epic Records. Since then, Andreas has continued to collaborate with well known DJ’s around the world and enjoys writing toplines for dance music, however his heart has always been and will always be in pursuing his own singer songwriter career.
Andreas has released two EPs to date including “Collecting Sunlight” in 2012 and “This Year” in 2013. He was also chosen as main support to Gabrielle Aplin on her UK live tour in 2013 where he played in front of 40,000 fans. During the rest of 2013, he wrote his debut album, which is due for release in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Benelux through Sony Music in October 2014
This year outside of Scandinavia, he will be releasing two EPs with a third following in January 2015. These releases will be supported by a very busy touring schedule which will see him performing at UK festivals, support tours and headline shows over this period. In addition, he also has features confirmed with Tiesto in June and Hardwell & Tiesto in October.
Nikki Rooke, Head of Corporate Communications, Events & Sponsorship at Volvo Car UK, said: “This is a great opportunity for two multi-talented Swedes to join forces here in the UK. Andreas is an amazing rising talent, with really strong musical credentials and songs that immediately just grab you. We’re delighted to be working with him on this year’s sound of the summer.”