Volvo Cars has continued to refine its standard-setting CleanZone initiative by introducing a larger, more efficient multi-filter in the cabin.
CleanZone is their unique approach to controlling interior air quality and providing a better driving environment through innovative solutions for enhanced wellbeing and health. Drivers can breathe easier because most microscopic, hazardous "fine dust" particles will now be prevented from entering the car.
The multi-filter was designed especially for the SPA platform and will first appear in the all-new XC90. It features a larger design that intercepts more particulates and pollen, as well as a layer of active charcoal that effectively removes a host of contaminants that can impact the health of drivers.
The results are impressive. In a car equipped with the new improved multi-filter, the amount of "fine dust" particles can be as much as 70 per cent less than in a car without the filter, according to a standardized component test. This is a significant improvement as studies have shown that these small dust particles can cause a number of health problems, including difficulty breathing and lung infections.
Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development, said: "Up to 45 per cent of the industrialised world's population is now suffering from some form of allergy or hypersensitivity. Over ten per cent has asthma. At Volvo, our commitment to safety goes well beyond safety belts and air bags.
"It's about making sure that every minute you and your family spend in a Volvo is as safe as it can possibly be. That includes breathing. With this filter we are now at the forefront of the industry in terms of particle separation."
The filter is one element of Volvo's state-of-the-art Interior Air Quality System. Another element is a sensor that monitors the incoming air for noxious substances. If the level of harmful substances becomes too high, such as when driving through a tunnel, the car's air intakes will automatically close. Together, the multi-filter and sensor keep out a number of harmful and irritating pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, ground-level ozone, gases and unpleasant odours.