The Scandinavian model
It’s an early start on a chilly Oslo morning, so we take the opportunity to switch on the heater in the XC40 remotely by using the Volvo On Call app. With the cabin suitably warmed up we head to Aker Brygge, a chic waterfront district that showcases the kind of high-quality modern architecture that Oslo has become famous for. As photographer Sam Christmas pulls bag after bag of photographic gear out of the load compartment of the XC40, Sylvia marvels at how spacious and stylish it is.
The seamless blend of form and function in the XC40 is echoed by the buildings around us. And this is the characteristic that defines Scandinavian style, suggests Sylvia. “For me, it’s all about combining functionality with pleasing aesthetics. The best Scandinavian design makes things look effortless, and it pays attention to details like the use of material and texture.”
We move from the waterfront through central Oslo and then into Grünerløkka, Oslo’s equivalent of London’s Shoreditch or Williamsburg in New York, and one of Sylvia’s favourite areas of the city. Over lunch we plan the afternoon ahead. Even though the XC40 is parked around the corner, we’re able to check whether it’s locked using the Volvo On Call smartphone app and lock – or unlock – it remotely if necessary.
Back out on the street, the sun is starting to set. As we jump back into the XC40 its LED cabin lighting provides a welcoming atmosphere and highlights the uncluttered layout and carefully selected materials. At the press of the starter button the centre touch screen comes alive, showing our route to the airport. It’s time for Sylvia to return to London, with a renewed appreciation of Oslo, and a new-found admiration for the XC40.
A new lease of life
In 1945, Volvo Cars began renovating gearboxes in the small Swedish town of Köping. Today, our commitment to remanufacturing Volvo Genuine Parts is stronger than ever: which is good news for you, your car and the environment.
Nowadays, our air isn’t as clean as it once was. More and more cities across the globe are becoming enveloped in smog and pollution is a problem that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Up to 45 per cent of the world’s population now suffers from some form of allergy or hypersensitivity and over 10 per cent suffer from asthma. And when you consider that we now spend more time in our cars than ever before, the need for an effective and reliable air conditioning system has never been greater. This is why Volvo developed the CleanZone philosophy.
Hiilikuiturunko pärjäsi törmäystestissä
Ensimmäinen törmäystesti Polestar 1 -mallilla oli tuntemattoman tutkimista. Halusimme tietoa siitä, toimivatko ideat ja laskelmat, jotka on tehty auton suunnittelussa – ja ne toimivat, sanoo Polestarin pääjohtaja Thomas Ingenlath.