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Friday, 4 November 2011

Volvo Concept Universe



Old is apparently the new new at Volvo. Its Concept Universe, unveiled at the Shanghai motor show  by the now Chinese-owned company, ‘honours the beautiful lines of classic Volvo models'. It also 'reflects the serenity in light when the sun is rising or setting', according to exterior designer JonathonDisley.

Design hooey aside, it's an interesting-looking car, a first preview of a new design language for Volvo's luxury sedan.
 On his inspiration, Disley says: ‘Classic models were soft and voluptuous but also offered a sense of protection.'
The Universe is certainly soft, but we'd say it's pleasingly bulbous rather than voluptuous. You can definitely see the classic inspiration, though. The set-back bonnet bulge has been half-inched from the late-50s PV range and the grille's a modernised version of a 1960s 1800 (that's the one Roger Moore drove in The Saint). The rest - namely saggy Audi rear lights and a very Jaguar-like profile - is more par for the exec-car course.

Inside, it's typically concepty and exciting. Massive slabs of wood on the doors curve into the centre console, which juts through the cabin to the split rear seats, where an iPad-like thing dangles for back-seat passengers.
Touchscreen monitors replace buttons, and a dash-mounted screen erupts automatically when the driver reaches for it. And in the most obvious Chinese touch, there's blue and white porcelain adorning the gear-shift.
Dwheels Says : It have unique Grill and  Headlight design which make's it differ from other new cars design.

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