Volvo S80 Comes Loaded With Safety Features

By: Glady Reign

The Swedish carmaking firm Volvo has been known for two things - the first one is the boxy design of their cars, and the second one is the safety that their products offer. During the past decades though, Volvo made their cars look less boxy while at the same time providing the same safety.

For the 2008 model year, Volvo's flagship is the midsize luxury car S80. It characterizes the new Volvo - no more boxy frames but still with the same safety considerations.

For the 2008 model year, the Ford Motor Company owned car manufacturer decided to give a V8 engine to a second vehicle in their lineup. The first Volvo to be equipped with a V8 engine is the XC90. The S80 will become the second Volvo to sport a V8 powerplant. The said engine is rated to have an output of 311 horsepower. The engine is mated to a platform with an all-wheel drive configuration.

While Volvo focused on giving their flagship more power, the company also maintained their dedication to providing safe cars to their consumers. The S80 has a list of safety features longer than the list of standard features that other companies offer.

In the construction of the car, safety was already considered as the S80 was designed using Volvo's car design architecture which uses different materials for different parts of the automobile. According to the manufacturer, four types of materials are used in the construction of the S80. This is done to makes sure that the vehicle can absorb energy in an unfortunate event of a crash or a collision. The outside-most material used in the Volvo S80 is designed to crumple to absorb energy while those materials used near the cockpit are of great strength to protect the occupant of the car.

While the handling of the S80 is great, thanks to precision engineered steering system components such as , it is of no use when a car suddenly brakes in front of the S80. Volvo though has solved this problem with the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system. This feature uses a sensor to judge the distance between the car and the vehicle in front of it. When the distance between the two vehicles reaches a preset critical level, the system will prime the brakes and move the brake pads near the disc brakes for faster stopping power. If the distance between the two vehicles reaches a certain preset distance which means that the car will hit the vehicle in front, the system applies the brakes even without driver input.

The S80 also comes equipped with the BLIS or Blind Spot Information System. This uses cameras to detect the presence of a vehicle on the blind spot of the driver. The system warns the driver if a vehicle entered his or her blind spot. This reduces the risk of traffic accidents especially those involving motorcycles. Since motorcycles are smaller than cars, they are harder to spot on the side mirrors. But with the cameras covering the blind spot of the driver, the risk is greatly reduced.

These safety features complements the S80's comfort and convenience and its overall performance. With this car, Volvo is going to set another mark for its competition.

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