All-new Volvo XC90 debuts enhanced multi-filter that improves interior air quality
By introducing a larger, more efficient multi-filter in the cabin, Volvo Cars continues to refine its standard-setting CleanZone initiative. CleanZone is their unique approach to controlling interior air quality and providing a better driving environment through innovative solutions for enhanced wellbeing and health. Drivers can breathe easier because most microscopic, hazardous “fine dust” particles will now be prevented from entering the car.
The multi-filter was designed especially for the SPA platform and will first appear in the all-new XC90 in the beginning of 2015. It features a larger design that intercepts more particulates and pollen, as well as a layer of active charcoal that effectively removes a host of contaminants that can impact the health of drivers.
The results are impressive. In a car equipped with the new improved multi-filter, the amount of “fine dust” particles smaller than 0,4 μm can be as much as 70% less than in a car without the filter, according to a standardized component test. This is a significant improvement as studies have shown that dust particles smaller than 10 µm can cause a number of health problems, including difficulty breathing and lung infections.
“Up to 45 per cent of the industrialised world’s population is now suffering from some form of allergy or hypersensitivity. Over ten per cent has asthma. At Volvo, our commitment to safety goes well beyond safety belts and air bags. It’s about making sure that every minute you and your family spend in a Volvo is as safe as it can possibly be. That includes breathing,” says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development. “With this filter we are now at the forefront of the industry in terms of particle separation.”
The filter is one element of Volvo’s state-of-the-art Interior Air Quality System (IAQS). Another element is a sensor that monitors the incoming air for noxious substances. If the level of harmful substances becomes too high (such as when driving through a tunnel), the car’s air intakes will automatically close. Together, the multi-filter and sensor keep out a number of harmful and irritating pollutants, including:
- Nitrogen oxides
- Ground-level ozone
- Gases and unpleasant odours
The CleanZone approach
Filtering outside air accounts for only half of CleanZone’s holistic approach to improving the driver’s environment. The other half, minimizing harmful emissions within the car, is just as important. And Volvo Cars has a number of programmes in place to achieve this.
Drivers, for example, appreciate that when they unlock their cars by remote control, the remote cabin ventilation system automatically vents out the interior air within one minute, getting rid of odours and emissions before drivers enter.
But in fact, the work to minimize interior emissions begins long before the cars are even built, with strict controls on the substances that may be used inside the cars. And Volvo Cars is leading the industry in switching to new, less toxic materials with fewer harmful additives.
Volvo Cars has also implemented a rigorous test programme to monitor and control emissions. This programme includes evaluations by the Volvo Cars Nose Team, whose members smell different objects to determine if their odour is acceptable or too strong. What is known as the ‘new car smell’ is actually low levels of emissions from materials. The levels do not present a danger but on hot days, concentrations that irritate hypersensitive people may occur.
Another aspect of the programme is the sun simulator test, in which the car is heated until the interior reaches a temperature of 65º Celsius - simulating parking in the sun on a hot summer's day. The emissions of Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs) and aldehydes are then measured. Volvo has a very strict limit for TVOCs, since high levels in interior air can cause headaches, nausea and dizziness – and trigger asthma. Aldehydes are also limited because they, especially formaldehyde, can cause both respiratory and contact allergies. Nickel, another source of contact allergies when released from metallic surfaces, is also minimised.
With its focus on health and well-being, CleanZone represents the spirit of Volvo Cars’ human-centric approach to its work. It’s an approach that is perfectly in sync with modern sensibilities: all around the world consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how air quality can impact health, and are now demanding cleaner air inside their vehicles. Volvo Cars will continue to lead the way.
Volvo Unveils Limited Edition Volvo Ocean Race XC60 at the Miami International Auto Show
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Nov. 6, 2014) – Volvo Cars of North America will unveil its limited edition Volvo Ocean Race XC60 at the Miami International Auto Show which is held November 7-16.
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the world’s most grueling adventures. This special edition pays tribute to the courageous men and women racing across the oceans, with special design elements that truly embody the soul of human challenge in the special comfort of a Volvo.
Featured in a distinctive “Ocean Blue II” exterior color, the limited edition Volvo Ocean Race XC60 also comes with a number of unique features including black or blonde leather interior with orange stitching, and exclusive 18” wheels.
Available in both T6 Drive-E FWD and T6 AWD, other Volvo Ocean Race XC60 features include:
- Inscribed “Volvo Ocean Race” tread plate
- Volvo Ocean Race exterior emblem on front fenders
- Volvo Ocean Race deco inlay
- Start-up logo in Sensus screen
- Orange stitching on door panels
- Floor mats and luggage compartment mat with orange stitching and Volvo Ocean Race rubber tag
The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race kicked off in Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2014. To reach the finish in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015, 66 of the world’s top sailors will race 38,739 nautical miles around the world – almost twice the circumference of the Earth. In seven teams, they will cross four oceans and stop in 11 countries in five continents. The Volvo Ocean Race is scheduled to reach Newport, Rhode Island May 5-9, 2015, the only U.S. stop on the journey, with the in-port race on May 16. The seventh leg gets going the following day on May 17, 2015.
The Volvo Ocean Race XC60 T6 Drive-E and T6 AWD start at $42,100 and $43,600 respectively.
To learn more about the Volvo Ocean Race, please visit: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/
Walker inches to thrilling victory
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing win by just 12 minutes
- Dongfeng Race Team chase Azzam to the finish
- Follow the race all the way on our app
ALICANTE, Spain, Nov 5 – Ian Walker (GBR) and his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew have barely snatched a wink of sleep for nearly 48 hours, but they will surely be celebrating deep into the night after an epic first leg victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on Wednesday.
There have been many close finishes in the 41-year history of the event, but few will have been quite so tense for the victors, who have been feeling the hot breath of Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) down their necks for the best part of a week in the 6,487-nautical mile (nm) stage.
Even with the finish under Table Mountain in Cape Town in sight 2nm away, Walker could not relax, with wind in perilously short supply and the Chinese boat able to close again before Azzam finally claimed the hardest fought of victories.
They crossed the line at 1510 UTC, just 12 minutes before Dongfeng, after 25 days, three hours and 10 minutes of sailing.
The win is a personal triumph for 44-year-old Walker. The Briton was forced to motor miserably back into Alicante on the first night of the opening leg in 2011-12 after a Mediterranean storm dismasted his boat.
This time, he and the crew have barely made an error since setting out with the rest of the fleet on October 11 from Alicante, and their Volvo Ocean 65 has withstood everything that the Med and the Atlantic could throw at them.
But they still could not shake off Caudrelier’s crew, who tried all manner of manoeuvres, some under the cover of darkness, to get the better of the front-runners.
Walker, red-eyed after sleep deprivation for so long, was finally able to celebrate surely one of the sweetest wins of a career, which also includes two Olympic silver medals.
"It's quite emotional actually,” Walker told Race HQ, minutes after crossing the line.
"I didn't think I would be - but that last couple of hours, they threw everything at us," he smiled, "We've had people ride on our heels for the last 10 days or so. I must congratulate Dongfeng, an absolutely fantastic performance."
In contrast, Caudrelier looked like he had thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the chase and the opportunity to prove a point to those who doubted that his crew, that included two Chinese rookies, could seriously compete at the front of the fleet.
Dongfeng Race Team’s second place was all the more remarkable since twice their progress was slowed through damage to the boat; first through a smashed rudder and then through a shattered padeye, which caused a domino-effect of damage including a broken wheel.
Repeatedly over the past week, they have nibbled away at Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s lead, closing to within three nm shortly after daybreak on Wednesday.
But Walker and his team had sailed too well for too long to give victory away after such a struggle, and the crowd packing Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront gave them a reception they surely will never forget.
For the rest of the fleet, it’s now a battle for the minor places and equally hard-won points. Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) should take third spot later on Wednesday with Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS) looking good for fourth.
Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) are expected to be too far ahead to be caught in fifth, but MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP) and Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) could yet have a big tussle for sixth and seventh spots before their expected arrival in Cape Town on Friday.