Volvo Innovations

Everything we do is designed around people, so every innovation we make is designed to simplify and improve your life. We’re especially proud of our advances in efficient power, connectivity and safety. We call our thinking in these areas: Drive-E, Sensus and IntelliSafe.

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Volvo Cars Innovation areas

Introducing the new Drive-E powertrains

A little something
worth bragging about

It’s not very Swedish to brag but we’re so proud, we just have to. Our new four-cylinder Drive-E engine is small but powerful. So powerful that we believe it will change the way people think about engines, ending the decades-old assumption that more cylinders equals more power.

In fact, our four-cylinder engines offer performance equivalent to six and even eight-cylinder powerplants. And the bit we’re particularly proud of is the lower fuel consumption and emissions output that comes standard with our new engine range. Actually, we think that’s quite a big deal.

Four cylinder Volvo drive-e engine

Our new range of Drive-e powertrain offer sparkling performance and unparalleled fuel efficiency

The all new Drive-E powertrains


Powerful, compact, efficient engines

Get the power you need with a four-cylinder engine that generates the equivalent output of a six or even an eight-cylinder engine, but uses less fuel. So your running costs will be lower and your engine will emit fewer harmful exhaust emissions. And best of all, you needn’t sacrifice a great driving experience.


Diesel engines with i-ART

This is intelligent efficiency Volvo style and it’s a world-first, too – each diesel injector has a small computer on top, which monitors injection pressure for each cylinder. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle. That lowers fuel consumption and emissions whilst improving performance.


Supercharged and turbocharged

Our top-of-the-range petrol engines feature supercharging and turbocharging, so you get more torque at low revs for great throttle response with the turbo boost coming in at higher revs. The result is potent performance with power up to 300hp, and terrific fuel efficiency.


Eight-speed automatic gearbox

Our new eight-speed automatic gearbox is an important part of the Drive-E powertrain story – you’ll always be in the right gear for the very best engine response and drivability, which in turn means a smooth driving experience, higher efficiency and lower running costs.


Powertrains with ECO+ mode

ECO+ mode improves fuel economy – for automatic transmissions only – via a range of measures, including optimising the gearbox’s shift points as well as engine control and throttle response. There is also a coast function, which disengages engine braking and drops the engine revs to idle, allowing the car to coast when conditions permit.

Drive-E Highlights

Efficient power

Drive-E powertrains

Our new range of Drive-E powertrains offer sparkling performance and unparalleled fuel efficiency. In addition, our new eight-speed automatic transmission ensures that a great driving experience isn’t compromised.


Plugging in to the future

We’re committed to developing fun-to-drive electrified cars, such as the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which gives you the choice of running on pure electricity, a powerful, but efficient, diesel engine – or both!

Kinder to you and the environment

Kinder to you and the environment

Our Interior Air Quality System filters the air inside your car so thoroughly that it should be cleaner than the air outside. And to minimise our environmental impact, our European factories use electricity from renewable sources, our water-soluble paints are kinder to the environment and all new Volvos are 85% recyclable.

Volvo C30 Electric

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Volvo C30 Electric


Our Drive-E philosophy is all about achieving the greatest efficiency from every Volvo car, whether that’s with our new family of four-cylinder engines or a whole host of fresh, innovative technologies.

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

New Volvo Drive-e Powertrains

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New Volvo Drive-e Powertrains

!New Volvo Drive-e Powertrains

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We believe in sustainability. Do you?

At Volvo, we don’t do anything without considering our long-term responsibility to the environment – and you. Drive-E sums up our approach to this: from cleaner factories to a cleaner environment inside our cars and energy-efficient engines.

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Volvo XC60

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Volvo Sensus – connected car for personalized driving

Introducing Sensus

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You and your car, connected

Sensus is our philosophy behind all our technologies that connect you with your car – and the world around you. Our elegant solutions are designed to give you information, entertainment and support just when you need them, allowing you to effortlessly and instinctively control and personalise every aspect of your drive.

Sensus Connect

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Make your journey even more fun

We all get bored on long journeys. Fortunately, that’s now less likely thanks to our new Sensus Connect that, for example, gives you access to 100,000 radio channels via TuneIn.

And choosing Sensus Connected Touch you can also stream music Connect to global radio with TuneIn, or stream music with our voice-controlled Spotify function: simply say the name of a song, and within seconds it’ll be playing in your Volvo. Just try not to argue with the kids about whose turn it is next.

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Volvo makes long journeys more entertaining

It’s like driving a smartphone on wheels

Why should you have to go offline just because you’re in your car? We know that staying connected to the world is important.

That’s why our smart Sensus systems enable you to browse the web on your car’s hi-res screen (when stationary, of course), download apps and connect your mobile phone to your car’s speakers. It’ll even make your Volvo a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting other devices to the net.

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Find a location

So, where would you like to go?

Need a cup of coffee? A bunch of flowers in a hurry? Our new Sensus Connect solutions keep you connected with the world around you. Browse the web at standstill, then go for whatever you're looking for. Our new cloud based Sensus Navigation technology will guide you all the way.

Plan your trip

We’ll help you get there – stress-free

If you’re heading into unfamiliar territory, it’s always useful to see in advance what your route and destination look like. Thanks to our online 3D maps, you can do just that – and arrive relaxed and on time.

Find your way

Finding your way is a breeze

Thanks to our navigation system, iGo, we can give you visual and voice directions to get you to your destination as quickly and safely as possible. Our online maps are continually updated, so they’ll never go out of date.

Local information

We’ll help you get more out of your trip

When you explore new destinations some local expertise may come handy. Featuring Local Search, your Sensus Navigation system will show you the closest points-of-interest – such as restaurants, shops and tourist attractions – and guide you. Unless you ask a local, of course.

Want a remote control for your car?

How many times, on a freezing day, have you wished the inside of your car was warm before you got in it? Or wondered if you’d forgotten to lock it? No problem. You can turn on the heater, lock the doors – and more – via your smartphone, wherever you happen to be, with our Volvo On Call app. Volvo On Call even alerts the emergency services if you have an accident, or tracks your car if it’s stolen.

Volvo on Call smartphone app

Volvo on Call, remote control your car.

Intuitive controls

If only everything in life were so simple

We believe you shouldn’t need an instruction manual to operate a Volvo. Therefore all our controls, such as the thumbwheel on the steering wheel, are as easy and intuitive to operate as your favourite smartphone.

Intuitive displays

…and so connected

We also believe you should be able to stay in touch with the world around you – today as well as tomorrow. So we developed our new, intuitive Sensus Connect solutions. For example, this turns your 7-inch Sensus screen into a smart infotainment hub and gives you access to 100,000 radio stations using TuneIn internet radio.

Sensus Connected Touch

A touch of genius

For your extra convenience, some Volvo models can be fitted with Sensus Connected Touch. This is a smart and rewarded bit of technology that turns your 7-inch display into a touch screen. The system even works when you're wearing gloves – and responds to voice commands.

Adaptive Digital Display

A display to match the way you feel

How are you feeling today? According to your mood or driving style, our Adaptive Digital Display option lets you alter the way your Volvo gives you information. Choose between three set-ups: Elegance, Eco or Performance.

Volvo sensus connected

Volvo sensus connected


Premium Sound

Premium Sound by Harman Kardon

Do you have a love affair with music? Our new Premium Sound audio system is made for you. Together with Harman Kardon, our audio experts created one of the best sounding car audio systems in its class. You'll experience a richer, clearer and more faithful sound wherever you're seated – thanks to innovative Dirac Live® technology. But don't just take our words for it. Our new Premium Sound is better experienced in your Volvo.


Just the music you love

Now you can enjoy Pandora in your Volvo. This in-car app opens up the rich, entertaining world of music that's really you – while you'll explore new music and artists that will make your world even bigger. Just drop the name of a favourite song, and Pandora will find the music you love and create playlists that will move your mind. All easy accessible in your Volvo, for your enjoyment.

Volvo Sensus Entertain - Pandora

Volvo Sensus Entertain - Pandora


100,000 radio stations in your Volvo

Bring online radio inside your Volvo with TuneIn. Music, politics, culture, talk radio – simply create your own favorite radio stations on your smartphone and they'll show up in your car. You have more than 100,000 radio stations to choose from.


Your unlimited music library

With our Rdio streaming music service app you can have convenient access to more than 20 million songs inside your Volvo. Create your own playlists on your laptop, tablet or smartphone and have them easily accessible in your car. Enjoy your own soundtracks for your drive and experience music without limitations – whenever you want.


Radio and podcasts on your demand

Now you can customize station playlists of your favorite radio shows and podcasts to fit the mood you're in. You can, for example, have a "News" playlist for your morning commute and a "Talkshow" playlist for your weekend drive. With our Stitcher app, you'll have it all intuitively displayed and get-at-able in the screen of your Volvo.


Sensus Navigation

You're in command

With Sensus Navigation, you have all navigation facilities smartly integrated in your Volvo. For your safety, the system is easy to use without taking your attention from traffic. Set destinations with voice control, or at the comfort of your home or office using your smartphone. When needed, the system is easy to upgrade – free map updates ensure you the latest available and up to date navigation experience.

Park & Pay

The easy way to stay

Problems finding a free parking space? In a hurry to find the parking meter and pay? With this app in your Volvo, your Sensus Navigation system will guide you to the closest free parking space. When you've parked, you can pay for your parking inside your car using the app. And as soon as you exit the parking lot, your payment will automatically end.


Your in-car city guide

Looking for the best espresso in town? The tastiest burritos? A bike to rent? Want to know the customers' opinions? This app will unveil the hidden secrets you need to know for your urban adventures: anything from restaurants, cafés and nightlife, to shopping, spas and health services. It's easy-to-use and features maps that show you the way – all within convenient access from your Volvo.

Local Search

Your in-car local expertise

Looking for a seafood restaurant? Need a hotel for the night? Our handy navigation app Local Search will show you the closest points of interest – such as restaurants, hotels, shops and tourist attractions – and guide you all the way. You can also get additional information about prices, opening hours, phone number, address and so on. And to get in touch, just press a button


Share your location en route

Is somebody waiting for you? Stuck in traffic? You're running late? A smart way to cool down the situation is to share your location and time of arrival via SMS or e-mail to the person (or persons) that awaits you. With this smart in-car app, you can make all this happen from the comfort behind the wheel of your Volvo. You keep on driving, and everybody knows where you are.

Send to Car

Plan your route where you are

Even though it's highly comfortable in itself, your car is not always the most convenient place for travel planning. With your Volvo connected to our cloud-based services you can plan your journey remotely at the comfort of your home or office. Simply use your smartphone, tablet or laptop, and the destinations will already be set in your Sensus Navigation system upon your return to your Volvo. Just say OK and go.

Volvo - Send to Car

Volvo - Send to Car


Built-in connectivity

Built-in connectivity

Already from early stages of design, we created your Volvo to be a platform for connectivity. Whether it's about connecting USB and AUX devices, wireless in-car connections using technologies like Bluetooth or broadband technologies that give access to internet and cloud-based services and apps – your Volvo is prepared.

Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi hotspot

Allowing you to enjoy the possibilities of in-car connectivity, our optional 3G-based Volvo On Call solution gives you powerful reception by making use of your car's rooftop antenna. Neither do you need your smartphone onboard to have access to the cloud-based Volvo services. Volvo On Call also means you can create a Wi-Fi hotspot inside your Volvo – anybody that shares your ride can easily connect his or her smartphone, laptop or tablet to the internet.

Smartphone tethering

Smartphone tethering

In cars without Volvo On Call, simply using your smartphone connects your car with the cloud-based Volvo services and apps. Inside the car you'll easily create wireless connections between your smartphone and your Volvo's communication and entertainment systems – allowing you to enjoy a perfectly integrated hands-free phone solution and unlimited music streaming via the car's audio system.


Volvo On Call App

Your car in your smartphone

With our built-in Volvo On Call road assistance and convenience service, you also have a clever app that connects your Volvo with your smartphone. Whenever you want and wherever you are, you can use your smartphone to check the status of your Volvo. You can lock and unlock the doors – you can even start the engine to warm up or cool down the cabin before travelling.

Engine Remote Start

Enter in comfort

Imagine meeting a comfortably climatized cabin every time you get inside your Volvo – no matter if it's freezing cold or unbearably hot on the outside. With the Engine Remote Start, you remotely start your car's engine via the Volvo On Call app in your smartphone. This cools down or warms up the cabin just in time to allow you and your passengers a comfortable start of your journey.

Concierge services

Concierge services

How about having a little help with the big and small issues that may occur during your drive? Like, for instance, book a table at the restaurant which name you've forgot? Or make a reservation for a flight the next day? Just pressing the On Call button of your Volvo On Call system, will put you in contact with an operator – at your service 24/7.

Roadside assistance

Your guardian angel

Life, like travelling, can be unpredictable. We created our 3G-based Roadside Assistance service Volvo On Call to provide you with extra safety and convenience for the road ahead. Your Volvo is connected 24/7 with a communication center that always know your exact position. If you need roadside assistance, just press a button and you'll get in touch with an operator that will send and guide the support you need. With Volvo On Call, swift assistance is at your fingertips.

Connected service booking

Your way

Next time your car tells you it's time for service, you may skip all the ordinary booking procedures. With our Connected Service Booking, you'll receive some proposals for the next service at the workshop of your choice. Just select the time that suits you, and your Volvo will remind you in good time. And in a near future, this may also allow the workshop to remotely scan your Volvo and even fix it on-line.


User Interface

Instant connection

In your Volvo, all controls are where you expect them to be. The moment you take your position in the driver's seat, you're instantly connected with your Volvo. Enjoy the view of the new, stylish digital driver displays with the three themes. Experience the sense of total control with the smart thumbwheel on the steering wheel. Relax, and savor the drive ahead of you.

Digital driver display

Instantly yours

Our crisp, high-resolution Digital driver display not only gives you all information you need – including navigation directions and current road signs – without overwhelming you with data. It also gives you three display themes to choose from: Elegance, Eco and Performance. So depending on the mood you're in, just pick the display theme that fits and a music playlist of your choice. And the road is all yours.

Voice control

The power of words

Want to make a call? Switch radio station? Set destination in your Sensus Navigation system? Speak up, and you'll control most of the connectivity, entertainment and navigation facilities of your Volvo. And you can do it with unchanged attention to your drive and the traffic around you.

Text to speech

Get the message, always

To open and read received SMS messages while driving is not always a good idea, unless you can have someone to read them to you. With our text-to-speech function, you can receive your SMS any time and hear it read-out at the press of a button. So you can stay connected and drive safely.

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Not all cyclists
are this noticeable

Volvo Cyclist Detection with auto-brake technology.

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Volvo Cyclist Detection with auto-brake technology

Volvo is refining safety every day

Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake

The groundbreaking Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake, detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving out in front of the car.

The new functionality is an enhancement of the present detection and auto brake technology. All cars equipped with pedestrian detection will also incorporate cyclist detection.

The advanced sensor system scans the area ahead. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the car suddenly swerves out in front of the car, as it approaches from behind, it will prompt you to act with a flashing warning light on the windscreen, along with an audible alarm. If you don’t react to the warning and a collision is imminent, the car immediately brakes with full braking force.

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Alert and react

We believe accidents are best prevented

Our cars have a range of smart technologies that will apply the brakes automatically if a collision is likely – for example, if you don’t spot a pedestrian in time, or if you’re about to collide with the vehicle in front.

Blind spot information

We can see where you can’t

If you’re changing lanes on the motorway, it’s hard to see if there’s a vehicle in your blind spot. Our warning system alerts you if there’s something there, letting you keep your eyes on the road ahead and move out safely.

Lane Keeping Aid

Helping you stay on the right track

If our Lane Keeping Aid senses that you’re straying a little too close to the white line (at speeds of over 65km/h) it will apply a gentle touch to your steering to help keep you in the right place.

We test our cars beyond the limit

Should the worst happen and your Volvo is involved in an accident, our cars feature safety cages made from ultra-hard boron steel to keep you safe. We test our cars rigorously to ensure they give you and those around you maximum protection.

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maximum tests for maximum protection

We won’t rest until you’re 100% safe

Our view of an accident-free future is simple: "By 2020, nobody shall be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo." We call this Vision 2020. Our world-leading safety experts are working hard to achieve this goal and won’t stop until they do. That’s the true meaning of IntelliSafe.

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Volvo's world-leading safety experts work towards an accident-free future

Knee Airbags

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Knee Airbags

Knee Airbags

State-of-the-art safety

IntelliSafe incorporates a wide range of innovative technologies to protect you and those around you. Some of our latest advances include Knee Airbags, Rear Alert and Pedestrian Airbags. Watch our videos to find out more.

Rear Alert

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Rear Alert

Rear Alert

Pedestrian Airbags

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Pedestrian Airbags

Pedestrian Airbags

You love your kids…

And so do we. Which is why we’re always working hard to keep them safe. Our baby and child seats are designed specifically for – and thoroughly tested in – our own cars. And several of our models have two-stage integrated booster cushions for older children, ensuring they’re always at the correct height for their seatbelts to work effectively.

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Volvo is working hard to keep children safe

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