Concepts made reality

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Text: / Photos: Volvo Press | posted August 18, 2011 12:06

Volvo Safety Car Concept celebrates 10 years

No other concept car in the history of Volvo Car Corporation has meant more for the company's technological advancement than the Volvo SCC (Safety Concept Car). Ten years after its 2001 world premiere in Detroit, the Safety Concept Car can look back on a fantastic "career".

About 15 of the advanced technical solutions found in today's Volvo models first saw the light of day in the Volvo SCC. From the design viewpoint the SCC also inspired the design of the successful Volvo C30 model. The Volvo SCC is an early example of the cumulative effect of close cooperation between Volvo Cars' designers and engineers.

"Concept vehicles are usually design or technology studies that give car buyers a taste of the future. The Volvo SCC, however, has added impact because it was both attractive and high-tech. It is an early example of how we design our cars around our customers' wishes, needs and limitations," says Volvo Car Corporation's President and CEO Stefan Jacoby.

The Volvo SCC generated enormous interest at its unveiling to a massive audience on the Volvo Cars stand at Detroit Auto Show in January 2001. A year later work got under way on translating the technical studies showcased in the Volvo SCC into production-ready safety technology. One year later, Volvo Car Corporation initiated the project that would result in the Volvo C30.

The SCC bore fruit to many new technologies for the Volvo brand. Things like the forward collision warning developed into City Safety and Pedestrian Safety, the Blind Spot Information System, Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert, the heads up display (HUD), Active Bending Lights and other safety innovations were derived from the Volvo SCC.

"It is fair to say that the success of the SCC project triggered Volvo Car Corporation's groundbreaking dedication to active safety systems," concludes Orsten Strandberg, the man responsible for the development of the Volvo SCC.