Volvo Concept Estate overview

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show has introduced some of the greatest cars we’ve ever seen this year. The Audi RS6-R Avant, Alfa Romeo 4C Targa, Audi S1, Audi TT, and Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 are just a few examples.

But not all of the best cars were super fast or super engineered. No, some of the best cars were humble estates.

Take the Volvo Concept Estate, as an example. This is perhaps the best looking car to be unveiled, yet it’s a family car, designed for safety and comfort, not outright speed. Who would have thought that an environmentally conscious and safety conscious automotive manufacturer could have drawn the biggest crowds.

Well, they did. With a design inspired by 1960s cars, the Estate Concept from Volvo is utterly gorgeous.

Powerful yet feminine, the car resembles the old 1800 ES without being a complete rip off. The car is an estate at heart, but it’s only got three doors. It’s more of a coupe, and with huge wheels and wide arches, it’s among the sportiest cars of its type we’ve ever seen. In fact, the only car that comes close to challenging the looks of this is the F-Type Coupe, and that’s very high praise indeed.

Inside, the Concept Estate is as minimal as you would expect a Volvo to be. It still features Volvo’s trademark floating dash, but this is dominated by an iPad-like touch panel, and the materials themselves are lighter than you’ll find in current cars. In other words, this a more playful Volvo, that will appeal as much to female drivers as it will male. The interior is trimmed with tactile materials like woven wool carpets, tanned saddle leather, aged wood, and aluminium – it is all very Volvo, and all very Swedish.

The touch screen interface itself has had a lot of work, according to Volvo. “It is fine for an ordinary tablet to compete for your full attention, but a touch screen in a car is very different,” says Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president of design at Volvo. “Information must be clear and user-friendly, without turning up the visual volume so much that you risk losing focus on the road.”

As such, the Volvo Concept Estate would have an advanced voice command system, not unlike Siri in CarPlay, an upcoming technology that’ll find its way into Volvo cars soon. This is obvious when you look inside the car, which is devoid of almost all buttons, save for the usual array of switchgear. Essentially, where a button would control some form of media before, it has been replaced with a voice command or touch screen command.

Vertu Cars was gob smacked by the beauty of the Concept Estate. It is so futuristic, yet it is easy to that design inspiration from 1960s cars. In a word, the Concept is beautiful.

Although this car will not make production, many of its design elements will in other cars. It’ll be interesting to see which ones.

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How to Maximize the Trade-In Value of Your Car

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When trading in your old car for a different one you will want to get the best deal that you can for your old car. This means that you will want to have your old car looking as slick as possible, so you will need to get it looking as-new, or as close as you can to it. The more work you put in to getting it looking great will be money in the bank for you in the form of the trade-in figure, so it’s worth taking the time to pay attention to the fine details. Here are some things to do to make sure that your car is looking at its best.

Clean it Thoroughly Inside

For the inside of your car you will want to pay extra attention to detail. If you can afford it, it’s a really good idea to get it professionally detailed. This means that they will vacuum it, clean the windows, wipe all the surfaces, apply Armor All to the front dash, and generally get it looking as close to a new car as it can be. It’s amazing how much difference it makes to do the inside of your car thoroughly!

Clean it Thoroughly on the Outside

While you are at it, it’s really important to give the car a really good clean on the outside as well. Make sure you pay attention to all the small areas such as the mirrors, around the undersides and the wheels. There is no point having a great looking car on the inside and having left parts out of the outside.

Replace Broken Parts

As best you can, replace any small broken parts such as screws that are missing on the sun visor, buttons that might have fallen off or broken, fuses and make sure that the seat belts are all in good condition. You may find that you can get small parts from the wreckers at a cheaper cost than if you went to the cars manufacturer. Sometimes it can be these small things that make a difference as to how someone views your car. Paying attention to detail in the small areas shows that you are a person who looks after things, and will make a good impression on the evaluation of the whole car.

Get Small Dents Removed

If there are any small dents on your car it’s a good idea to try and have them smoothed out before you try and trade it in. These small dents, though insignificant to the running of the vehicle could lose you a lot of money at the trade-in. It is quite costly to have them fixed by a panel beater, but there are companies that can massage the smaller dents out, which will have your car back to looking great in next to no time, and cost a lot less!

Get Small Glass ‘Stars’ Repaired

If there are any small ‘stars’ of cracks in the windscreen it’s a really good idea to have them repaired by a glass specialist. Small cracks or ‘stars’ often turn into larger cracks so it’s a really good idea to get them removed. For info about loans for your new car check out Dreamloans.

Throwback Thursday: 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show was opened to the press today, and on Saturday will be open to the public at the impressive McCormick Place in frigid Chicago. There are tons of great new cars worth seeing, but this vintage Ford Mustang caught our attention right away. It’s billed as the first Ford Mustang Convertible ever sold. You’ll see the all-new 2015 Mustang right next to it as well.