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Volvo's Safety Centre: 7 years and 2,000 crash tests

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Khatir Soltani
The Safety Centre at Volvo Car Corporation headquarters in Sweden has just recently completed the 2,000th crash test since the Safety Center opened its doors in 2000.

The Volvo Cars Safety Centre is designed to reproduce a wide variety of collisions; much like what could occur in real life. In order to achieve this, the Center is equipped with two tracks, one movable and one permanent. The movable track can rotate up to 90 degrees to allow tests that range from front to side to rear-impact collisions carried out by cars traveling at different angles and speeds.

Over 100 crash tests are performed on each new Volvo vehicle. This works out to approximately 450 tests per year. Ford designated the Center "Safety Centre of Excellence" and has since performed crash tests on Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford products.

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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