Stories & Inspiration
The Scandinavian model
Oslo’s mix of busy streets and laid-back Scandinavian attitude is the backdrop as we discover what makes the new XC40 the perfect SUV for the city.
Erik Åleby, colour and materials designer, talks about how the new XC40 showcases Volvo Cars at its most daring and expressive, and how the beautiful, sustainable materials in its cabin reflect contemporary Scandinavian design.
Designer’s notebook: how I designed the XC40
The story behind the XC40’s bold, youthful exterior design, as told by its lead designer
Amanda Bergman has been coming to Gotland since she was a child. This little white island provides the backdrop to so many childhood memories – from gravel-scraped knees to a pounding teenage heart. Now, Gotland has inspired Amanda’s latest song, ‘Falcons’.
Appreciating the XC90
A car fit for collectors
Connectivity In Berlin
After travelling the world for 12 years, Cologne-born entrepreneur Gundula Cöllen decided it was time to return to Germany and reconnect with her homeland. And when it came to choosing a city in which to settle down in and start up a new business, she only had one place in mind – Berlin.
Wake up and get some sleep
We travelled to New York to discover how drivers stay alert behind the wheel in the city that never sleeps. Impaired reaction time, judgment and vision. These are just some of the effects of drowsy driving.
Pushed to the limits
Intensive training, attention to detail and striving for perfection. This is what makes successful Volvo Ocean Race sailors, and what drives Volvo Cars forward.
The secrets of Volvo Cars’ driving simulator
The virtual world meets the real world in Volvo Cars’ driving simulator, a machine that helps its engineers perfect the way every Volvo responds to your inputs.
Our window to the world
Throughout history, the human eye has meant different things to different cultures. In ancient Egypt it was worshipped as a powerful symbol of good health and protection, during the Renaissance it represented vision and clarity, whereas the eye that graces today’s American dollar bill is designed to depict guidance and reassurance. But what about for those of us who worship at the altar of the automobile? What do our eyes mean to our enjoyment of our cars and can they really hold the key to a better life on the road?