Volvo Xc90: Back on the Road

By: Glady Reign


The Volvo XC90, Volvo's best-seller, is back on the road. But this time around, it will be offering lots of 'people protectors.'

The words 'Volvo' and 'safety' have been deemed so synonymous with each other so much so that when the first word is mentioned, the second word would instantly come to mind. Volvo has etched the safety niche over a number of decades with several milestones and innovations since 1944 when it invented the safety cage. In 1959, the automaker unleashed its three-point safety belts. In addition, childproof locks and rear-facing child seats was developed by Volvo's pool of engineers in 1972.

Volvo's integrity for safety is a product of continuous study and testing. As a fact, it has created a team to study crashes involving Volvo cars. From the facts, the pool of Volvo engineers incorporated the findings into the manufacture of auto parts and safety features. This is the reason why the automaker is intimately related to safety more than other auto manufacturers.

Aficionados, who are obsessed with safety, comfort and Scandinavian appeal can count on the prowess of the Swedish automaker. These features are incorporated in the new Volvo XC90 which comes as a midsize luxury crossover. The car does not only concentrate on the efficiency of and other parts for it also boasts of its set of 'people protector' features.

The latter include the dynamic stability traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, unibody construction with high-strength steel passenger safety cage, rollover protection system with Boron steel reinforced roof, inflatable curtain head protection for all three rows of passengers, roll stability control, side-impact protection system, driver and front-passenger air bags, dual attachment systems for child seats, whiplash protection system, three-point safety belts with height adjustment and force limiters, padded head restraints, turn signal indicators in side mirrors, perimeter lighting system, immobilizer anti-theft ignition system with coded keys, security system with backup battery for siren, tailgate auto wiper system, child safety locks in rear doors, and integrated front fog lights.

The Volvo XC90 also features the powerful V8 engine that produces 311 horsepower and 325 pound feet of torque. The remarkable features of the car made it Volvo's hot-selling vehicle in the United States. The XC90 accounts for about 25 percent of Volvo's US sales. The crossover SUV also is the automaker's best-selling vehicle around the globe with 85,994 cars sold in 2005.

The new Volvo XC90, which has debuted at the New York Auto Show, has entertained a redesign to include a subtly-restyled front and rear, and a more luxurious interior. The vehicle, which is now produced at the automaker's Torslanda plant in Sweden, epitomizes state-of-the-art design, comfort, safety and versatility.

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