Volvo has revealed a special edition Volvo V90 Cross Country which contributes directly to the health of the world’s oceans.
Introduced to celebrate the start of Volvo’s round-the-world yacht race, the Swedish car firm says it will donate €100 for each of the first 3,000 V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race cars sold. But it also goes a step further – helping to tackle marine pollution by using floor mats made from materials including recycled fishing nets reclaimed from the seabed.
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The V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race was developed by specialist staff within the same Special Vehicles department that churns out its iconic police cars.
It’s finished in Crystal White metallic paint with matt grey and bright orange detailing, similar to that of the 2014 Volvo Concept XC Coupé, while bespoke alloy wheels complete the distinctive look. Inside, orange seat belts and stitching add a touch of colour.
Like the standard V90 Cross Country on which it’s based, the Volvo Ocean Race comes with all-wheel drive and increased ride height to allow customers to tackle anything that’s thrown at them: from a slippery slipway to a muddy campsite.
“The V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race is a balanced and capable all-road car, at home on normal roads and off the beaten track,” said Dan Olsson, vice president for special vehicles and accessories at Volvo. “On top of that, it includes a range of specially developed standard features such as an integrated, detachable torchlight, additional power outlets and smart dirt- and water-resistant materials.”
An initial production volume of 3,000 cars will be sold in 30 markets around the globe, including the UK. Full UK details, include prices, are yet to be announced.