all-new Volvo S80 Executive (E segment)
sedan / saloon.
17th March 2006.
When it hits the showrooms this June,
the all new Volvo S80 will bring with it a new generation
of advanced driving and support systems such as the
Personal Car Communicator – a pocket-sized security
control, or the BLIS and IDIS systems which make it easier
to control the driving situation, or other advanced
functions to help reduce the braking distance.
Most obviously, safety starts with the
clearest possible vision, and here, the swivelling
headlights improve the range of vision at night (prices,
standard and optional equipment are to be checked
depending on markets). The owner of the 2nd generation S80
can even now, at a distance, detect possible intruders in
For Silvia Güllsdorf, S80 Project
Director at Volvo Cars, “The basic principle [in]
preventive safety systems is that they should not take
over the driving or the driver’s responsibility... the
aim is to help the driver to make the correct decision in
difficult situations by issuing a warning and, in
different ways, indicate how to deal with the situation.”
Cruise Control uses a radar sensor to
measure continuously the distance to the
vehicles in front and automatically adapts
the speed of the car to help ensure the
distance is not too short.
Adaptive Cruise Control - To
help maintain a safe distance to the car in front, Volvo
Cars has developed the Adaptive Cruise Control, ACC. Volvo
presents it in the first instance as a comfort function,
but at the same time it contributes to more controlled
driving when the traffic flow is uneven. It uses a radar
sensor to measure continuously the distance to the
vehicles in front and automatically adapts the speed of
the car to help ensure the distance is not too short.
The driver activates the cruise
control, setting the desired maximum speed at between
30 and 200 km/h and chooses the minimum time interval
to the cars in front. There are five different time
intervals to choose from.
Collision Warning with Brake Support
- In many rear-end collisions, the reason is that the
driver was distracted and failed to react in time. Volvo
Cars' Collision Warning with Brake Support system, CW,
offers support functions that help to avoid rear-end
collisions or minimise the effect of such a collision.
The Collision Warning with Brake
Support system continuously monitors the space ahead of
the car with the aid of a radar sensor. The system is
activated in different ways at different phases throughout
the whole course of events.
Warning with Brake Support: press on to
open a larger photo.
If the car approaches another moving
car from behind and the driver does not react, a red warning
light flashes on the windscreen. At the same time, an audible
signal can be heard. In certain situations this is
sufficient for the driver to react and avoid the hazard.
If the risk of a collision increases,
despite the warning, the brake support is activated.
To shorten the reaction time the brakes are prepared
by the brake pads being placed against the discs. The
brake pressure is also reinforced hydraulically, ensuring
effective braking even if the driver does not press the
brake pedal particularly hard.
“If the speed is not too high the
brake support will help reduce the effect of a collision,”
says Silvia Güllsdorf. “But it is always the driver’s
reactions that are crucial to the outcome.” If a driver
brakes hard the brake lights begin to flash to warn the
drivers of cars following behind. When the speed is
reduced to less than 30 km/h the hazard warning lights are
also activated. To adapt the warning system to different
conditions and individual driving styles the sensitivity
can be regulated in the setting menu in the car. There are
three alternative sensitivity positions.
Advanced information systems -
The all new Volvo S80 is also equipped with BLIS (Blind
Spot Information System) and IDIS (Intelligent Driver
Information System), two systems that help the driver
maintain better control over the driving situation.
detects blind spots and alerts the driver
With the aid of cameras beside the door
mirrors, BLIS registers if another vehicle is in
the blind spot alongside the car. In such a
situation a warning light beside the mirror is activated
to alert the driver and improve the scope to make the
IDIS is an electronic information
system that contributes to the driver not being
distracted by unnecessary information in stressful
situations. By continuously checking certain functions in
the car, such as wheel movements, movement of the
accelerator pedal, indicator control and braking, IDIS can
assess the complexity of the situation. The information is
processed and at a certain level any information that is
not crucial to safety, such as an incoming telephone call
or a text message, is delayed.
new Volvo S80 in brief
new S80 body is 4851mm long, 1860mm
wide, 1490mm high, with a 2835mm
wheelbase. Luggage volume is 480
will be launched first with engine
options (all have aluminium cylinder
head and block):
- 5-cylinder petrol, 2521cc, light
pressure turbo, 200 hp/4800 rpm, and
300 Nm at 1500-4500 rpm, 6-speed
manual or automatic transmission,
- 5-cylinder turbo diesel, 2400cc,
185 hp/400 rpm, and 400 Nm at
2000-2750 rpm, or 163hp/4000 rmp and
340 Nm at 1750-2750 rmp, with
6-speed manual or automatic
transmission, front-wheel drive.
3192cc, 238 hp/6200 rpm, and 320 Nm
at 3200 rpm, 6-speed automatic
transmission with front-wheel drive.
- V8 cylinder petrol, 4414cc, 315
hp/5950 rpm, and 440 Nm at 3950 rpm,
6-speed automatic transmission with
details about the new
Volvo S80 Executive saloon / sedan.
Active, swivelling Bi-Xenon Light
– To produce an optimal range of vision when driving in
the dark on winding roads, Volvo Cars has launched the
Active Bi-Xenon Light – swivelling headlights that
follow the bends in the road.
A mini-processor is used to measure and
analyse a number of parameters and optimise the light to
suit the situation. The headlights can be swivelled by up
to 15 degrees in each direction, totalling 30
degrees, and thus have the capacity to illuminate a
longer distance when the road is winding.
To save wear on the system, this
function is disconnected automatically in daylight. To
help reduce the risk of blinding oncoming road users the
angle of the headlights is adjusted depending on how
heavily the car is loaded or if it is accelerating or
The headlights are cleaned by means of
an electro-mechanical, high-pressure system that washes
one headlight at a time, always offering the best possible
New brake functions - The all
new Volvo S80 gets an advanced braking system too with
several new functions that interact to reduce the braking
distance in all situations.
First, the Hydraulic Brake Assist
(HBA) is a new generation of Volvo’s panic brake
assistant. As opposed to earlier systems, which are based
purely on vacuum, the braking pressure is also reinforced
hydraulically. In an emergency situation where the driver
does not press the brake pedal sufficiently hard, HBA
helps to ensure the ABS system is used optimally and the
braking distance shortened.
The Optimised Hydraulic Brakes
(OHB) reinforce the braking capacity in conjunction with
hard braking by using hydraulics to compensate for low
vacuum pressure in the brake servo.
The Ready Alert Brakes (RAB) can
anticipate rapid braking and place the brake pads against
the brake discs even before the driver presses the brake
pedal. In doing so, the braking system’s reaction time
– and braking distance – is shortened. The signal to
the braking system could be that the accelerator pedal is
released quickly or that the Adaptive Cruise Control
registers an obstacle in front of the car.
The Fading Brake Support (FBS)
uses hydraulics to gradually build up the braking pressure
in conjunction with persistently hard braking to help
reduce the risk of wear and retained pedal feeling.
Car Communicator with a heartbeat sensor.
Personal Car Communicator with a
heartbeat sensor - Personal security is one of the
cornerstones of the Volvo brand image. Launched also with
the all new S80, the Personal Car Communicator (PCC), an
advanced, pocket-sized control function is like a normal
remote control but can do much more than activate locks
and alarms. By simply pressing a button the car owner can
within a few seconds acquire information about:
- whether the car is locked or unlocked,
- whether the alarm is activated or not,
- whether the alarm is activated and if there is someone
in the car, which is registered using a highly sensitive
heartbeat sensor and an advanced calculation process.
The information is accessible and
relevant as long as the distance between the PCC and the
car is within approximately 100 metres. However, the most
recent information is stored so that at any time and in
any place a check can be made to see if the car was
actually locked when it was parked.