This early, Volvo’s XC60 has already been given some positive recognition. The Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association added the SUV to its list of highly recommended cars for allergy sufferers. It joins the S80, V70 and XC70 in the association’s list.
Volvo Cars developed the IAQS (Interior Air Quality System) and CZIP (Clean Zone Interior Package) to make sure that cabin air is as clean as possible. Studies show that close to 50% of people living in industrialized areas suffer from some form of allergy like asthma.
The company is showing serious commitment in creating vehicles that are both environment- and people- friendly.
Metallic surfaces inside the XC60 such as interior door handles and emblems on the steering wheel and shift knob have been made so as to reduce nickel content. The European Union regulates the amount of nickel which is allowed in products which come into contact with human skin. In addition, nickel dust is believed to be carcinogenic.
Volvo makes use of natural plant extracts in place of chrome to tan the car’s leather trim. All fabric and leather materials used for their vehicles meet Oeko-Tex Standard 100 requirements. This international testing and certification system has been in implementation since 1992 and seeks to regulate the use of certain chemicals in the production process.
The XC60, which was unveiled last spring in Geneva, has also been given an RRR (Reuse, Recycling, Recovery) Certification. In order to be given such an approval, Volvo had to demonstrate how the car is recycled upon reaching its maximum lifespan.
The Volvo XC60 Compact Crossover SUV will be available later this year.