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New sportswagon built to Volvo Cars' environmental philosophy

 

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Volvo Car Corporation has applied its consistent environmental philosophy to every stage in the life of the new 2005 Volvo V50, from manufacturing through to recycling. Like virtually all new Volvo models, the V50 comes with an Environmental Product Declaration that outlines the stewardship measures the company has considered during the design, manufacture, use and final recycling of the newest Volvo model.

 

Manufacturing: Not only is the V50 produced at one of the most modern production plants in the world, manufacturing methods and materials used in production have been chosen to minimize the risk to health for both production personnel and people outside of the plant.

 

Emissions: The car uses light-weight, low-friction gasoline engines and extremely effective catalytic converters located as close as possible to the engine for fast initial heating. An oxygen sensor (Lambda system) above and below the catalyst help control emissions. This refined emissions technology is offered on the five-cylinder engines in every market.

 

The engines also have radiators incorporating the patented PremAir® system, which converts up to 75 per cent of the ozone passing through the radiator into oxygen.

 

The engines already comply with the next generation of North America and California emission regulations.

 

Recycling: Eighty-five per cent (by weight) of the materials in the car can be recycled. Plastic components are labeled to facilitate recycling, and recycled felt and wood-fibre materials are used in certain interior trim components.

 

Safe, clean interiors: Like other Volvo models, the Volvo V50 has been developed to offer passengers a clean and healthy interior space. A cabin pollen filter is standard, and the Volvo Interior Air Quality System (IAQS) is an available option. All materials have been selected and tested to prevent allergic reactions and other known health problems that can be caused by interior material. The process emphasizes low PVC content in interior trim materials, chromium-free leather, surface treatment of interior fittings to prevent the emission of nickel and ÖKO-TEX-certified fabrics. (The ÖKO-TEX label is an international registered symbol for the testing of textiles and leather. This certification ensures that textiles and leather are free from substances that can cause allergies or ill-health.)

 

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Keywords:
V50, Environment, Special Interests, 2005
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