Last Gen I Volvo XC90 rolls off the line
Today marked the end of the line for the current-generation Volvo XC90 crossover SUV. Following a 12-year run in which the automaker produced no fewer than 636,143 of its groundbreaking 7-passsener people haulers, the final example exited the Torslanda plant in Gothenberg, Sweden and headed directly into the Volvo Museum. Torslanda will now be comprehensively updated/upgraded to accommodate production of the all-new Gen II 2016 Volvo XC90, which commences in January.
When it first launched in 2002, the Volvo XC90 introduced a number of innovative design features to the large crossover genre. Highlighting that formidable list were Roll Stability Control, inflatable side-air curtains for all three rows of seats as well as belt tensioners for each individual perch, an integrated adjustable booster cushion to accommodate children riding in the second row and a lower front crossbeam height that allowed for quicker activation of the XC90's various safety systems in the event of a front-end impact. Volvo execs also proudly point to the fact that the 2014 XC90 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
As for what lies ahead, Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars notes: "Our all-new XC90 is not just a natural development from an incredibly successful car, it is also an excellent example of the transformation underway at Volvo Cars, both within the company and from a brand perspective. We look forward to a new era of success.
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