Geneva 2014 Preview: Volvo to unveil commemorative sailing-inspired cars

Geneva 2014 Preview: Volvo to unveil commemorative sailing-inspired cars image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted February 19, 2014 15:13

This will be the fifth-generation Volvo Ocean Race Edition in the 40-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Volvo Ocean Race celebrates its 40th anniversary and to honour the occasion, Volvo Cars will reveal the Volvo Ocean Race Edition at the upcoming 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Included in the 5th generation sailing-inspired models are the Volvo V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60.

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The Volvo Ocean Race covers 71,745 km as it goes through 11 cities in 11 countries making it one of the most demanding ocean adventures races in the whole world.

“The Volvo Ocean Race Edition reflects our brand strategy to design cars around the customers. It reflects the values Volvo buyers look for when they choose a car for an active lifestyle and exciting adventures, without compromising on safety, environmental care and fuel-efficiency,” says Anders H Gustavsson, Vice President Special Vehicles at Volvo Car Group.

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The models come in four colours – Ocean Blue II, Bright Silver, Black Sapphire and Crystal White.  The unique seven-spoke ‘Portunus’ wheel comes in 17-inch (V40 and V40 Cross Country) and 18-inch (V60 and XC60) dimensions. The Volvo Ocean Race identification on the tread plates and front fenders distinctly marks its exclusivity and it also shows up on the start-up sequence on the Infotainment screen.

Volvo Cars expects to sell over 16,000 units within the next two years.

The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race will start on October 4, 2014 and finish with a final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information, visit