Volvo to Show Crystal-Made Center Stack in Detroit
"It almost looks like a waterfall from the instrument panel, flowing through the centre of the car," Volvo Cars design director Steve Mattin described the new center stack. "If you want to explore the full scope of Scandinavian design, Sweden's glassworks are a natural source of inspiration. Large glass areas are also very much part of modern Swedish architecture, creating the special, light transparency.”
"The full-size crystal piece in the concept car will not be a production feature. However, it does open up opportunities to use crystal on a smaller scale in the future. We'll have to see how our customers respond," Mattin commented.
According to Volvo's representatives, the new center stack was especially “focused on ergonomics and safety”, providing all functions straight to the right hand of the driver. “The controls used when you start and stop driving are a few centimeters from each other near the gear selector,” Steve Mattin concluded.