Lifecycle of a Volvo
Designed to last
We understand the impact cars have on the planet, that’s why we constantly strive to have a better understanding of the environment and develop and build cleaner cars that last longer. Because now, we believe it’s not enough to simply build cars that protect you and your passengers. We have to build cars capable of protecting the world around us.
A life with Volvo
See our enounter with Volvo enthusiast Peter Brobäck as we
take his Volvo 142 '73 for a ride.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
In 1945, we established an exchange system for remanufactured spare parts. Today, this exchange system is bigger than ever and now includes everything from gearboxes to injectors to electronic components – all carefully restored to our original specifications. But why spend time and effort remanufacturing used parts when modern production methods mean we could make a brand new part in no time at all? Well, a remanufactured part requires up to 85% less raw material and 80% less energy compared with a newly made part. It can save around 300 tonnes of aluminium and 800 tonnes of steel per year, which is equivalent to reducing approximately 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Well worth the effort, we think.
Built to last
The LCP 2000 is now proudly on display in the Volvo Museum. But the project continues to inspire the way we build our cars with sustainability and the environment in mind. Today, metals, oils, fluids, rubber and certain plastics corresponding to at least 95% of the weight of a Volvo car can be recovered, while 85% can be recycled. Volvo Cars’ Environmental Strategy now encompasses the car’s environmental impact throughout its entire lifecycle – from development, use and service to recycling when the car is scrapped and the cycle begins again.