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2010 Volvo XC60: Environmentally Friendly

December 30, 2010

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I was browsing the online edition of the 2010 Volvo XC60's owner's manual just for fun when I came across an entry about Volvo's environmental philosophy. Now when I think about such things, I just assume they mean the car's fuel efficiency and emissions. But according to the manual, Volvo also takes into account the following:

1. Clean air in the passenger compartment which is made possible by the carbon filter which prevents sinister-sounding nitrous oxides and bydrocarbons from coming into the cabin.
2. Textile standard: Apparently the car's interior is also designed with consideration for folks with contact allergies or asthma and is made with "environmentally-compatible materials" that fulfill something called the Oeko-Tex 100 standard.
3. Reducing environmental impact by suggesting drivers do stuff like "remove unnecessary items from the car" to decrease the load and fuel consumption, "drive gently," and service their cars regularly.
4. The hard copy of the owner's manual is made of paper pulp from "FSC certified forests."

I wonder how big a part does this philosophy play in a consumer's consideration of the car.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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