2013 Volvo V40 introduces breakthrough lifesaving feature
With the new 2013 Volvo V40, the manufacturer has tackled a difficult challenge that automakers face to meet government mandated safety requirements. All automakers are required to provide a certain amount of protection to pedestrians struck by the front of a car. This has led to some rather unsightly hood designs as manufacturers attempt to meet the requirement for some crush space between the top of the hood and the hard engine underneath. Volvo has now introduced a breakthrough new idea on the V40. Instead of a puffed up hood and break-away wipers, the V40 will have an external airbag designed to absorb the impact of a pedestrian. This new technology might not only save many lives, but it could also allow manufacturers to again style the front face and hood of cars in ways that are much more appealing to the eye. This technology will help Volvo differentiate itself from its main competitors, the 2013 Audi A3 Avant and 2013 BMW 3 Series sport wagon.