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  Volvo Estate Concept

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Country of origin:Sweden
Produced in:2014
Introduced at:2014 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:February 27, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionVolvo Car Group will use the Geneva Motor Show to reveal the third in a series of concept cars - the Concept Estate - that continues the widely admired exterior design language revealed in the first two concepts, but for the first time reveals how the interior of Volvo's forthcoming models will both look and function.

The Volvo Concept Estate's most striking interior design feature is its simplicity. The traditional selection of buttons and controls have been replaced by one large tablet-like touch screen control panel in the center console, bringing the interior firmly into the 21st century.

"The basic idea is to organize controls and information in a perfectly intuitive and user-friendly way. Everything is exactly where you expect it to be, making the drive more enjoyable, efficient and safe," says Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design at Volvo Car Group.

In association with Volvo's specially designed software, the touch screen will be the main control panel for Volvo's new in-car user experience. It replaces all buttons and controls except for a few crucial functions such as volume, play/pause, hazard warning and window heaters. It also interacts seamlessly with the digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.

"Not having to deal with buttons and controls for a growing number of functionalities is like being freed from a pair of handcuffs," says Robin Page, design director interior of Volvo Car Group. "This has made it possible to build a beautiful interior architecture around the portrait screen. The concept car showcases how this user interface will be integrated in our new car generation."

Volvo is the company that redefined the estate car by combining functionality, sturdiness and practicality with performance. The V70 and XC70 are among the most respected estates on the market and the new Concept Estate points to how the company could capitalize on this heritage in its forthcoming models.

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