Volvo launches armor-protected XC90 vehicles

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Volvo XC90 Armoured looks like the standard version but carries more than 3,000 pounds of added protection | Volvo photos

When you think armored car, Volvo may not come immediately to mind. But the Swedish-based and Chinese-owned car company known for safety hopes to add to that reputation with its new Volvo XC90 Armoured, “designed and built to provide safe and comfortable travel with a high level of personal protection for the occupants.” 

“With our armored cars, we can provide vehicles with a high level of personal security for individuals who require heightened protection,” Stephan Green, Volvo Cars Special Vehicles marketing director, is quoted in the company’s announcement.

The announcement notes, “There is a growing global market for armored vehicles at present, and a large number are manufactured with various protection ratings. Volvo Cars has received numerous requests over the past few years to develop an armored XC90. 

There’s a second layer of clear glass-like material in the doors

“Volvo Cars has extensive experience of building police cars, fire engines and diverse special vehicles with high requirements in terms of function, drivability and safety. In fact, the first Volvo police car was delivered back in 1929.

“The XC90 Armoured (heavy) with VR8* protection rating (VPAM BRV 2009/ERV 2010) enables us to offer a car that provides a high level of protection while retaining the car’s fundamental properties,” Green explained. “Potential customers include security services who would use the car to transport high-profile individuals.”

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There’s an escape door behind the middle seat in the second row

The VPAM VRI protection rating is a 2-year-old standard meaning a car has 360-degree ballistic resistance as well as explosive resistance, Volvo said.

The XC90 T6 AWD vehicles are produced in Sweden and sent to Germany for upfitting by Trasco Bremen GmbH.

The high-strength steel armor is 10 millimeters thick, while the thickness of the glass can be up to 50mm. The armor adds approximately 1,400 kilograms to the XC90. To cope with the increased weight, the car is fitted with uprated suspension and new brakes.

Volvo added that the cars are intended for the Latin American and European markets.

Security gear under the hood as well
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. And our so-called "civilization" has another level of reality exposed. I’m old enough to remember when spinster school teachers and hippy chicks drove Volvos.
    It might have been better not to announce this; Latino and Eurotrash bad guys read, too, y’know. As an advisor in Africa & the Middle East, we always knew to target the ‘Yoda LandCruiser in the convoy, ‘cuz that’s where yer high value score would be. Always. Far as I know, they still haven’t learned.
    Gimme a well used Cressida or Taurus or Impala or Accord shell, and hotrod/armor THAT- anonymity is always the very best defense- check all the ’80’s/’90’s armored LTDs and Crown Vics that were sold in Latin and South America in the early days of our oh-so-successful "war on drugs". Ask anyone who makes their living busting armored civilian vehicles. Those that are on the down-low survive. Others? Not so much.
    Y’know, some info should just stay private.

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