Volvo made a brilliant comeback last year beginning with the launch of the all-new XC90, and already it has been collecting awards like Michael Jackson at the 1984 Grammy’s. But apart from the dozens of accolades to its name, the award in question here is the Euro NCAP title, which as anyone will tell you, is like winning Grammy’s itself.
The Scandinavians won the coveted 2015 Euro NCAP Best in Class award for both Large Off-Road and Overall Performance categories. Not only did they win, but they trounced it by scoring a perfect 100 percent score in the Safety Assist category and an outstanding 97 percent in the adult occupant protection category which reflects well on the marque who has set unprecedented standards in the industry for passenger safety.
Volvo has loaded the XC90 with a myriad of safety programs and systems such as the Adaptive Cruise Control with Pilot Assist and Distance Alert, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Braking. Being an SUV of large proportions means that some drivers will find parking a troublesome chore, which is why the Swedes kitted it with Automated Parking Assist. Additionally, Road Sign Information, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid help keep drivers safe while on the road.
Acting Director of Volvo Cars Safety Centre, Jan Ivarsson said, “We are always happy to receive further recognition for the work we do. The XC90 embodies everything that Volvo Cars stands for, and this is further proof of our continuing leadership in the field of both active and passive safety systems. Our vision is that by 2020 no-one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. With the latest safety and semi-autonomous drive functionalities in the XC90, we are well on our way to fulfilling that vision.”
With a billion-dollar cash injection from their adoptive Chinese parents, Volvo is on track to setting the automotive world ablaze when it comes to question of safety and state-of-the-art in-car technology. So much so that, major manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and Tesla are already on their way to developing new semi-autonomous capabilities in order to cut down the human-error in most unfortunate accidents that happen all the time. Good on you, Volvo.