Volvo Cars adds comfort and convenience to safety with new generation child seats
Volvo Cars, the first car maker to actively test child seats in crash tests as far back as the early 1960s, is launching a range of three new child seats with a focus on design, comfort and convenience.
As a pioneer in child safety, Volvo Cars’ heritage of development, testing and clear installation and usage guidelines for parents is unequalled.
“We understand that many people find child safety in cars a complex and sometimes confusing subject. We have focused for many years on communicating clear guidelines around how child seats should be used and the correct way to install them,” said Lotta Jakobsson Adjunct Professor, PhD and Senior Technical Leader, Injury Prevention at Volvo Cars Safety Center
Teaching adults how to install and operate a child seat is one thing, getting the child to stay in the seat is another entirely – especially when the child gets older.
“Our focus is on ensuring that young children travel in the safest manner possible, depending upon their size and age. This means rearward-facing up to the age of at least 3 or 4 years and after that with child seats or booster cushions up to 55 inches in height. The safety benefits are unquestionable, yet many parents unwittingly allow their children to sit forward-facing too early. One of the many reasons quoted for this is comfort – the child complains that there is not enough legroom, or is too warm due to the upholstery,” said Lotta Jakobsson.
Volvo Cars’ new generation of child seats is made with a more breathable and comfortable upholstery comprised of 80% wool textile which makes the seats smoother to the touch, highly durable, and better-performing in both hot and cold climates. The seats also have a slimmer design aimed to increase legroom and overall comfort.
“We believe that children will be more comfortable in our rearward-facing new seat and that this will encourage parents to keep their children rearward-facing for longer. This will have a direct impact on overall child safety and support our Vision 2020, where no one will be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo car by the year 2020,” added Lotta Jakobsson.
The new seats are designed to suit the needs of children of different ages and sizes:
- Infant seat - rearward-facing (up to 28 lb or 9 months)
- Child seat - rearward-facing for children from 9 months up to 6 years (least 3-4 years as recommended by Volvo)
- Booster seat - forward-facing for children that have outgrown the rearward-facing seat (from 3-10 years old)
Volvo Cars continues to focus on the importance of children traveling in rearward-facing seats as long as possible.
The new seats, developed with one of the world’s leading child seat makers, Britax-Römer, and tested at Volvo Cars Safety Center in Gothenburg, Sweden, will be available from the beginning of June in selected markets.
XC90 Excellence Pricing Announced in Canada
RICHMOND HILL, ON. (May 5th, 2016.) Volvo Car Canada Ltd. has announced pricing for the supremely luxurious XC90 Excellence; the latest and most exclusive vehicle trim offered on the award-winning XC90. The XC90 Excellence offers a fully loaded vehicle package with pricing listed at $118,900.
“The XC90 Excellence is a perfect illustration of its nomenclature,” said Alexander Lvovich, Managing Director, Volvo Car Canada Ltd. “The XC90 Excellence demonstrates Volvo Cars capabilities to develop opulent features and amalgamate them with an award-winning, and highly successful, platform. The XC90 Excellence offers customers a premium, exclusive and unique product that breaks boundaries in craftsmanship and design and elevates industry innovations.”
The all-new XC90 Excellence is built on Volvo’s modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and comes with the award-winning T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain as standard. The T8 engine is equipped with an inline 4-cylinder, turbocharged and supercharged engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission offering an output of 316 horsepower as well as an additional 87 electric horsepower. The over 400 horsepower is matched by an impressive 472 lb. ft. of torque that couples efficient performance with premium features.
The XC90 Excellence features four-seats, instead of the traditional five or seven-seat configuration, designed to maximize cabin comfort for the driver and passengers. It is equipped with extended leather-covered surfacing, quality upholstery and hand-crafted crystal glasses from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glass maker. The superior comfort of the individual and adjustable rear seats, combined with a massage function and specially designed headrests, is further augmented with an air purifier, refrigerator, two folding tables and cup holders with both heating and cooling options.
The XC90 Excellence is available in Volvo Car retailers across Canada, August 2016.
Volvo XC90 R-Design chosen by Texas Auto Writers Association
ROCKLEIGH, NJ (May 5, 2016) -- The 2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design is the preferred Performance Utility of the Texas Auto Writers Association.
The 316-horswpower, seven passenger SUV was recognized at the Texas Auto Roundup, an annual media event held this week at the famous Texas Motor Speedway where more than fifty journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) evaluate the latest cars on the market. Competitors included the Tesla Model X and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.
"From its elegant design to its cleverly powerful engine, thoughtful safety features and semi-autonomous driving capabilities, the XC90 is simply a class-leading package" said Nic Phillips, TAWA president. “Our journalists continue to award this new XC90, this time for it’s performance oriented variant, the benchmark has been set high and the Volvo delivers.”
"The XC90 continues to impress and rightly so," said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. "Volvo is honored to receive this recognition, especially after winning several TAWA awards last year."
The XC90 was named 2015 Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas and 2015 Luxury Crossover Utility Vehicle by the Texas Auto Writers Association. It was also recognized for Best Technology.