Volvo’s rise back to relevancy has caught the auto industry’s attention. At the Geneva Motor Show , the Swedish automaker is prepared to take it to another level with the upcoming release of its third and final concept car.
But before that, Volvo’s also introducing its new Ocean Race lineup for the V40 , V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60 . Each model will be given the "Ocean Race" nomenclature and will come with an assortment of colors, including Ocean Blue II, Bright Silver, Black Sapphire and Crystal White.
In addition, each of the Ocean Race models also stand to receive either black or blonde leather upholstery with matching orange stitching, as well as "Volvo Ocean Race" branded sill plates. The same stitching is also be found on the door panels and floor mats, with the latter also carrying a special rubber tag attached. And in case there’s any confusion on the uniqueness of these models, the V60 and XC60’s load cover will be decorated with a Volvo Ocean Race map and logo.
For their part, the V70 and XC70 Ocean Race editions have their own unique offerings, including high-gloss black accents, a special set of 17- or 18-inch Portunus-style alloy wheels, and a lowered suspension that’s exclusive to the V70. Likewise, both models come with black leather seats, cream contrast stitching and sport pedals.
The Volvo Ocean Race Editions will make their debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show before going into production this spring.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race Edition.
Volvo Ocean Race Edition in Detail
These Volvos are not your ordinary run-of-the-mill Swedish vehicles. They’re carrying the level of style and grace that the Swedish company is fast reinforcing to the industry.
Those leather seats with orange stitching look positively classy. Here’s to hoping nobody spills something on them.
Meant to be driven on the roads, the Volvo Ocean Race Editions look about as at home in this scenery as any Volvos in recent memory.
Gallery Volvo Ocean Race Edition
Exactly forty years after the completion of the first race, Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) is celebrating the upcoming 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race by presenting another special edition of sailing-inspired cars.
The fifth generation Volvo Ocean Race Edition, which includes the Volvo V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60, will be launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. At the same time, Volvo Cars will introduce the V70 and XC70 Editions for customers with a taste for a more dynamic look and handling.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s most gruelling ocean adventure. The route includes 11 cities in 11 countries, and the teams cover 38,739 nautical miles – equivalent to 71,745 km.
“The Volvo Ocean Race Edition reflects our brand strategy to design cars around the customers. It reflects the values Volvo buyers look for when they choose a car for an active lifestyle and exciting adventures, without compromising on safety, environmental care and fuel-efficiency,” says Anders H Gustavsson, Vice President Special Vehicles at Volvo Car Group.
The models are available in four colours – Ocean Blue II, Bright Silver, Black Sapphire and Crystal White. The unique seven-spoke ‘Portunus’ wheel comes in 17-inch (V40 and V40 Cross Country) and 18-inch (V60 and XC60) dimensions. The Volvo Ocean Race identification is displayed on the tread plates and front fenders as well as in the start-up sequence on the Infotainment screen.
Unique interior with an orange touch
The interior features black or blond leather upholstery with orange stitching and the Volvo Ocean Race logo in orange. The stitching is echoed on the door panels and floor mats, which also have a special rubber tag attached. There is a unique deco inlay, and the load cover on the V60 and XC60 is decorated with a Volvo Ocean Race map and logo.
Production of the Volvo Ocean Race Edition cars will start this spring, and Volvo Cars expects to sell over 16,000 units during 2014 and 2015.
The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race will start on October 4, 2014 and finish with a final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.