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Riding the Next Generation Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 Concept car will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show this January. Volvo will showcase their new Concept car so that Volvo aficionados will know what to expect when the S60 is launched in 2010.

The next generation Volvo has a sportier silhouette, angled headlamps, seven-spoke 20-inch wheels on low-profile tyres and bronze-painted brake calipers.

"The concept car's exterior gives a clear indication of what customers can expect of the all-new S60," says Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin.

Inside the concept car, sits a floating centre stack made out of handmade, solid orrefors crystal. It flows like a wave all the way to the rear seat backrest. The driver’s side has good visibility and convenient access to all controls. The instrument panel also has the same “floating” feel about it.

"The speedometer is designed as a three-dimensional glass spiral. The low numbers appear closest to the eye and the figures appear to be increasingly distant as you accelerate. The idea is that the speedometer should provide a visual reminder of the forward motion," explains Steve Mattin.

The interior leather appointments are also luxurious and also give the impression that riders are floating within the car. "The aim is to create a pleasant living-room atmosphere with gentle, invisible transfers between the various surfaces," says Steve Mattin.

The S60 Concept car also has innovative safety features like the Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and pedestrian detection; which detects if a pedestrian steps out into the path of the car and automatically engages the full braking power of the car if the driver does not respond to the danger.

The Volvo Concept car is powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol unit using high-efficiency GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) technology and producing 180 horsepower. Carbon dioxide emissions are calculated to be just 119g/km. The Concept car makes use of lightweight materials for its body shell to further improve fuel economy.

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