Volvo has partnered with Swedish glassworks Orrefors to design a concept car that will be the precursor to the next-generation Volvo S60

Volvo is developing a new concept car with Swedish glassworks Orrefor to serve as a model for the next generation Volve S60. The Swedish carmaker enlisted the help of Orrefor to come up with an imaginative interior that uses a glass-crystal center panel to give the cabin a light-focused design.

"If you want to explore the full scope of Scandinavian design, Sweden's glassworks are a natural source of inspiration. Large glass areas are very much part of modern Swedish architecture, creating the special, light transparency," says Steve Mattin, Volvo Cars design director,

in a Volvo press release.

The glass-crystal interior is hand crafted and very labor intensive to make. The crystal panel is integrated into the dashboard and forms a center panel that flows all the way to the rear seat backrest.

The concept car will be shown publicly for the first time at the Detroit international Motor Show in January 2009.


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