Volvo has issued the following press release:
Your Concept Car - bold but elegant exterior
The YCC is a car of many contrasts. It is functional and user friendly, yet sporty and emotional. Its exterior styling strikes a balance between all these qualities. That is why the YCC has:
o a low front end and a long rear window, for an excellent view all round
o bumpers and lower side sections covered with a tough, durable material, in contrast to its suave upper bodywork
o muscular shoulders and catwalk
o gull-wing doors
o headlights with an ethereal, liquid quality
An excellent view from the driver's seat was high on YCC wish-lists. In many cars, it can be difficult to see to all four corners. This can make a car hard to park or to pilot through tight spots. But in the YCC it is easy to see where the car starts and where it ends, because the front end is low, the fenders have been brought into sight and the traditional Volvo V on the bonnet section has been inverted. The effect is reminiscent of the Volvo P1800, giving the car a sporty look and the driver full command of the situation ahead. The equivalent has been achieved at the rear end, where the rear window extends almost all the way to where the car ends.
Chameleon with variable ride height
The YCC is as big as the Volvo S60. Its variable ride height function enables it to be raised or lowered either when driving or when parked. It is a car which combines sportiness and robustness and the exterior design strives for a balance between these characteristics. Its skidplates emphasize the functionality.
The head- and tail-lights are important elements of the YCC's styling. The headlights are lenses of transparent thermoplastic which project the light from banks of LEDs. The effect is that of light emanating from a block of ice. No bulbs or LEDs visible, just light.
The rear light clusters enhance the characteristic look of this Volvo. Here the red section flows seamlessly into the yellow.
The high-level brake light is at the top edge of the rear window. If the driver brakes hard, the red area grows bigger. If the driver has to brake extra hard, the brake light pulsates.
Gull-wing doors of short wing span
The YCC was designed with wide side door openings.
o for better display of the car interior
o for easier back seat loading and unloading
o to make it an easier car to get in and out of.
Eye-catching gull-wing doors of short wing span were the perfect answer for the YCC.
When closed, the gull-wing door extends only as far as the bottom of the painted body sections, which means that it extends only 60 cm out from the car when opened. Less space than many conventional car doors need to open fully.
As the gull-wing door opens upwards, the sill section below it opens out and down. The advantages are that there is no high sill to climb over and that the surface presented is always a clean one.
Another advantage of the door solution is that the B-pillar has been moved further back, further enhancing the driver's view of the road.
Your Concept Car - a personal living room with everything you want within reach
The YCC was designed to suit the individual. You choose the information and settings you want. You choose how you like the interior to look and how high you like to ride. Some of the interior benefits in the YCC are:
o Ergovision - ergonomics plus optimum line of vision in a patented concept
o easy to get in and out of
o airy interior characterised by an extreme sense of space
o everything within reach
o multi-purpose storage
o light interior with honest materials
o more a living room than a lounge or a cockpit, with modern furnishing fabrics
o choice of eight upholstery and carpet styles, easily switched to match mood, season or trends
When the gull-wing door opens up, the door sill rotates down, making it easier for driver and passengers to get in and out of the car. The drop-down sill has a dual function (besides allowing a smaller wing span for the gull-wing door): it makes for easier entry and exit and it also presents a clean interior surface. No risk of brushing against grimy car exterior surfaces and soiling your clothes.
Inside the car too, interior designer Cindy Charwick wanted to improve access and comfort for the driver. When you get into the car, the side support in the seat will have been lowered for you.
Personalised driving position
A key ambition in developing the YCC was to ensure that the driver, regardless of height, would be able to sit correctly when driving and have the right line of vision too. The result was Ergovision (patent pending) - ergonomics and optimum line of vision in one system.
Your whole body is scanned at the dealership, then this data is used to define a driving position just for you. This is stored in digital form on your key unit. Once you get into the driver's seat and dock your key on the centre console, the seat, steering wheel, pedals, head restraint and seat belt will all be adjusted automatically to suit your personal build. The result is a sound driving position with the best line of vision for you.
The YCC has other features designed to make your driving posture as comfortable as possible, for trouble-free driving. The design philosophy was that, wherever the car can be made to adapt itself to suit the driver, this provision should be made. Because the height of the driver's shoe heels may differ from one day to the next, the driver heel rest was made fully adjustable. And the head restraint has been adapted to cater for hair styles like pony-tails.
Space and convenience
The interior design of the YCC is a balance between the driver's need for as much space as possible and the need to have all the most important things within easy reach.
Inside the car, she has echoed the flowing lines of the exterior styling. The instrument panel is S-shaped, adding to the sense of space and air in the cabin.
And to reinforce the floating, hovering impression the exterior gives, with its colour-change paint and the lift of its gull-wing doors, the front seat mountings have been moved inwards, out of sight. The seats look as though they are hovering above the floor.
Elegance is built into other interior features too. The ambient lighting follows the lines of the car at the side, the ventilation is concealed and the roof lining between the glazed moon roof is a shimmering star ceiling produced through a unique material made by fibre optics.
Controls and instruments
The YCC is packed with smart technology, but the technology has not been allowed to complicate matters for the driver. So the instrument panel is clean cut, simple and restrained. There are few instruments, but those there are are close to your line of sight. The gear levers are by the steering wheel.
All non-essentials have been removed - what you see is your speed, how far you can drive before you need to refuel and how to find your way. In other words, a speedometer, a distance indicator and a navigation system. All other information can be accessed using the control panel alongside the steering wheel. Everything is easy to reach, easy to understand and easy to operate.
The YCC has storage options in new places. Moving the gear levers up by the steering wheel and making the electronic parking brake automatic has freed up all the space between the front seats. An ideal place for keeping things you might want on the journey. Drivers should not have to worry about things like mobiles ringing or where to find some small change in a hurry. Here there are both shallow compartments and deep ones, with room for things like your notebook computer, handbag, parking money, drinks, keys, CDs and mobile phone.