For Immediate Release
MY 2001 S80 Key Product Features
ROCKLEIGH, NJ -- September 1, 2000
The flagship of the Volvo New Car Showroom, the S80, has some important changes for Model Year 2001. The S80, already a great value for the consumer, will become an even greater value in the new model year with new standard features added to the car.
Another exciting new development for MY 2001 will be the S80 Executive Program. A true executive car, the S80 Executive combines Volvo's already world-famous impact protection with outstanding ride comfort and driving characteristics. With an exclusive interior that puts the passengers first, the S80 Executive offers ample space for relaxed travel or efficient work.
Leather seating is now standard on the 2.9 and the T6, adding exceptional value.
A luggage holder has been added as standard for both the 2.9 and the T6.
Remote Retractable Head Restraints
Rear Seat Retractable Head Restraints for improved driver vision are back by popular demand for MY 2001. This is easily accomplished by pressing a button on the center stack. This feature is now standard on both the 2.9 and the T6.
Adjustable Mirrors with Memory
Both the 2.9 and the T6 will have adjustable mirrors with memory for MY 2001 standard.
Automatic Dimming Mirror (2.9 Only)
The 2.9 only will add automatic dimming rear view mirror for MY 2001. This feature is already standard on the T6.
New 16-inch Wheels (2.9 Only)
The MY 2001 S80 2.9 will have a new stylish wheel design, the "Icarus", which will replace the "Miram" wheels.
The Homelink feature will now be standard on both the 2.9 and the T6. Previously, this feature was only available with the Security Package. This means that the content of the MY 2001 Security Package will change.
Dual-Stage Front Airbag System
The 2001 S80 will also add a dual-stage airbag system for both driver and passenger in the front seat to help further reduce the risk of injury. Dual-stage airbags deploy differently and with different force depending on the severity of the crash and the status of the seat belts. The system senses how quickly the car has decelerated, or movement has been retarded, and uses this information to determine the pressure at which the bags should inflate. See the table below for details:
Interior Air Quality System - IAQS (Available with Security Package)
The available Security Package for the MY 2001 S80 2.9 and T6 will now include IAQS, the Interior Air Quality System. This is a new system that, together with the ECC unit, offers a passenger cabin free from odors and pollutants.
The system features a sensor placed in the climate unit's air intake, a multi-filter, and a switch in the instrument panel. The filter and sensor work together to offer passengers the cleanest possible interior climate. The multi-filter cleans the cabin air even when the re-circulation function is activated. The instrument panel features a button for turning the system on and off.
The intake sensor registers the contents of the incoming air. After analysing an air sample for nitrogen oxides (NOX), carbon monoxide (CO), and hydrocarbons (HC), which are the main pollutants found in vehicle exhaust, the sensor automatically switches the ventilation system to re-circulation mode to block these harmful pollutants. One important benefit here is that the IAQS responds to carbon monoxide (CO), a substance that an active carbon filter cannot reduce, and a substance that can make a driver less alert.
The heater chamber features the multi-filter, which is a particle or pollen filter combined with an active carbon filter. This multi-filter absorbs any particles and other substances that might otherwise enter the cabin before the re-circulation shutter closes, and in those situations in which the re-circulation shutter is not allowed to close, for example, in a situation where the windows begin to fog up. The multi-filter reduces concentrations of incoming particles larger than 0.3 micrometers in size, like road dust, sand, diesel soot and pollen particles. The carbon filter reduces concentrations of substances such as nitrogen dioxide, hydrocarbons, and ozone.
The switch controls the ECC in three positions. "AUT" (automatic) activates the air quality system, "MAN" (manual) manually activates the re-circulation, and " - " deactivates the IAQS and re-circulation.
New Exterior Colors
Four new exterior colors have been added this year; Ashgold Metallic, Cypress Green Metallic, Platinum Green Metallic, and solid color Midnight Blue.
S80 Executive Key Product Features (New Model)
The following product features are unique to the S80 Executive.