What makes Volvo…Volvo? The Smell Factor – allowing you to breathe cleaner air inside a Volvo than outside

Over the years the car manufacturer has continued to look for ways to increase the well-being of its customers; Volvo has since the mid-1990s systematically worked to improve the in-car environment and has integrated its health and technology teams to ensure that both benefit from their individual expertise. To get a clearer idea of the laborious efforts Volvo carry out to make sure the in-cabin environment is as clean as can be, we went to the Volvo HQ in Gothenburg to visit the ‘Nose Team’.


What we learnt? The team of eight specially selected people with ‘standard’ noses ensure that Volvo’s designers are guided in their choice of materials and production methods. As explained by Andreas Andersson, who is in charge of the in-cabin environment, Volvo ensures that every model meets a standard where customers are not too sensitive to the scents from the materials used and are also protected from harmful chemicals outside the vehicle. “We carry out

tests on component level as well as on systems and on entire cars. No interior trim material is approved for use in our car interiors until it has passed these strict tests.” This is just one of the things that makes Volvo…Volvo.


You can see the full video of what we discovered here:




To reach its objective of making the environment inside the cabin cleaner than the air outside, Volvo has developed two systems:

·         Interior Air Quality System (IAQS) – monitors the quality of the incoming air and automatically closes the air vents if the levels of harmful substances become too high.

·         Clean Zone Interior Package (CZIP) – ensures that the air in the car is automatically vented out within one minute from the time the car is unlocked with the remote control.

At the present time seven Volvo models are recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association: the S80, V70, XC70, XC60, S60, V60 and V40.