- Volvo will launch Ocean Race Editions of the 2014 Volvo V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60 at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
- The special-edition models will feature Volvo Ocean Race branding, inside and out, along with unique wheel treatments and color choices.
- Volvo told Edmunds it has not yet decided whether the Ocean Race Edition models will be available in the U.S.
GENEVA — Special Volvo Ocean Race Editions of the 2014 Volvo V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60 will debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show in March to honor this year's running of the iconic sailboat race.
This is the fifth time Volvo has commemorated the event, formerly called the Whitbread Round the World Race, with special editions of its vehicles since taking ownership of the endurance contest in 2001.
Production of the Volvo Ocean Race Edition vehicles will begin this spring, and Volvo says it expects to sell more than 16,000 units.
Jawanza Keita, technology and product communications manager for Volvo Cars of North America, told Edmunds that the company has not yet decided whether they will be available in the U.S. Pricing has not yet been announced.
The special-edition models sport Volvo Ocean Race branding on the front fenders and tread plates, as well as on the start-up screen of the infotainment system. Also distinguishing them from other models in the lineup are unique seven-spoke "Portunus" wheels, 17-inch on the V40 and V40 Cross Country, and 18-inch on the V60 and XC60. Four exterior colors are available: Ocean Blue II, Bright Silver, Black Sapphire and Crystal White.
Inside, these models feature black or blond leather upholstery with orange stitching and Volvo Ocean Race logos. Door panels and floor mats are adorned with orange stitching as well, while the load covers on the V60 and XC60 add a Volvo Ocean Race map and logo.
Among the world's most demanding yacht races, the Volvo Ocean Race has been held every three years since its founding in 1972 by England's Whitbread hotel and restaurant conglomerate. The 2014-?15 race will start on October 4, 2014, in Alicante, Spain, and will cover 44,580 miles around the world before finishing on June 27, 2015, at Volvo's home in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Edmunds says: If you're interested, drop anchor at your local Volvo dealer and let them know you'd like to see these models set sail for the U.S.