2010 Volvo Air Motion

Volvo has entered the Los Angeles Design Challenge with the Air Motion design concept, except it’s only a scale model that will probably never see the light of production’s day. We’d give Volvo a hard time, but Maybach seemed to only bring sketches of their eRikscha so we’ll let Volvo slide.

The Volvo Air Motion’s shape is designed like a clamshell made out of ultra light carbon fiber. The goal for this vehicle is minimizing weight and complexity, while maximizing driving enjoyment. Fit under the inner workings of the car are compressed air motors that replace a heavy internal combustion engine and cool down under load instead of heating up. The lack of need for a heavy cooling system adds to the lightness of this concept, as do modifications to the chassis, interior, and suspension.

The Volvo Air Motion concept is powered by air turbines that float 1,000ft in the air and harness the power of the wind to convert it to electricity. This electricity provides the compression.

All in all, however, this is just another beautiful and unique concept that will never see the light of day. We hope all of the automakers that have presented the unique concepts have very deep filing cabinets that will keep these concepts safe until they are ready to flow on our streets.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

A vehicle lighter than a Formula 1 racing car... Experiencing the adrenaline rush of carving through the canyons with up to 3 friends... Not using a drop of gasoline... Now just imagine if these dreams could be brought together in a single vehicle. During Los Angeles Auto Show a scale model of this car - Volvo Air Motion - will be on display and participates in the Design Challenge Competition.

Tipping the scales at under 1,000lbs the Volvo Air Motion Concept makes these dreams a reality and delivers this in a beautiful Scandinavian body. Designed like a clam shell and sculptured from ultra light carbon fiber.

Volvo Air Motion


Minimizing weight and complexity, while maximizing driving enjoyment, is the philosophy behind this vehicle. Thousands fewer components are employed than in a traditional car thanks to the powerful yet simple compressed air motors that replace a heavy internal combustion engine. The motors cool down under load rather than heat up, thus removing the need for heavy cooling systems. An integrated approach to designing the chassis, interior and suspension also contribute significantly.

To compress the air needed for the centrally mounted air tank, Air Replenishment Sites are used. Powered by air turbines floating 1,000ft in the air they harness the power of the wind and convert it to electricity to provide the compression.

Aimed at the driving enthusiast, by a company synonymous with safety and environmental care, the Volvo Air Motion demonstrates the beauty and purity of Scandinavian design and delivers a guilt free, raw driving experience.

Introducing a new form of exhilaration. The Volvo Air Motion Canyon Carver.


12 comments:

Wow! This is what I call a futuristic car! The style is so innovative,being lightweight yet so strong. I’m looking forward to see this car in the near future.

They really studied this one. The design was very futuristic and besides, they offer a lighter chassis for best driving experience. I love how it was illustrated.

A vehicle lighter than a Formula 1 racing car... Experiencing the adrenaline rush of carving through the canyons with up to 3 friends. Not using a drop of gasoline.

It is so cool, The motor concept was totally amazing and the uniqueness of it makes it futuristic modern car. Typically outstanding and exterior and interior combination style.

I think the car looks good. It is just a design challenge so don’t you worry guys. It’s just like a toy car. However, if it will be produced, some folks will consider this design.

I definitely not type of car. The style is just a poorly repair and I think this car is very tricky to handle and not fitted to your well shape body.

I don’t like the design of this car its kind of hideous. And how i beg that this car would be a concept car forever. I bet no one like this version and perhaps KTM and Abarth already existed.

This one is definitely an interesting concept. It is perhaps one of the most energy efficient concepts that I have seen. And the use of wind energy is also another interesting point/

The lack of need for a heavy cooling system adds to the lightness of this concept, as do modifications to the chassis, interior, and suspension.

You say all Holdens bar a few a then give a list where half of them are not from Korea your comments make me laugh.. As for the 2011 Cruze Hatch and Sedan they are going to be made in Adelaide last time I checked that was in Australia not Korea.

An integrated approach to the chassis, interior and suspension design also contributes to the overall efficiency. The interior has four individual seats, with the rear ones facing backwards.

I think this will perfectly complement Volvo’s recent film on the U.S. curling team, or Mercedes commercial about the resurgence of ski ballet.

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