Eight facts about the Volvo XC90
- To emphasize flexibility within its ranks, Volvo produced the mid-size luxury crossover SUV, the XC90, with the same body as their mid-size executive sedan - the Volvo S80. Both of them have the P2 platform as their foundation.
- Along with being named as Volvo's top-selling vehicle in the United States, the Volvo XC90 also became the best-selling Volvo worldwide. There were 85,994 XC90s sold in 2005.
- You would think that Volvo would source its engine from the most reputable car manufacturers in the world. If that's the case, it makes a lot of sense. However, in 2005, Volvo added another trim to its line-up together with a new engine made by the world's biggest piano maker - Yamaha. Moreover, this has hardly been the first time Yamaha produced an engine for automobile manufacturers. Yamaha developed the engine for the first Japanese supercar, the Toyota 2000GT, way back in 1967. They also supplied engines for Ford from 1989 to 1996.
- In 2003, the Volvo XC90 won the North American Car of the Year award. Likewise, the famous automotive magazine, Motor Trend, also named the XC90 the best Sport Utility Vehicle that same year.
- The Volvo XC90 may not have taken the world by storm through its Hollywood cameos. But in India, Bollywood begs to differ. The Volvo XC90 was prominently featured in the movie "3 Idiots" - Bollywood's biggest box office success of all time. Consequently, demand for the XC90 shot up in India and in other countries.
- The Swedish car maker, Volvo, has always been known for making the safest cars around. Not much has changed with the conception of the XC90; this car's safety is still a crucial part of its design. For instance, this SUV has been designed to direct pedestrians up on the hood upon impact rather than sliding towards the chassis of the vehicle.
- The Volvo XC90 received the Top Safety Pick award for gaining the highest possible rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). It scored "good" in the front, side, rear and roof strength test.
- Volvo pioneered another safety feature by introducing the industry's first Roll Stability Control and Dynamic Stability and Traction Control in the first generation XC90 back in 2003.