Alternative seat covers are trendy. With the 2021 model year, Volvo is launching tailored wool in the 90s and 60s series. The manufacturer relies on a mix of wool and recycled polyester. However, this idea is not entirely new. Because already in the 90s there were some cars made of fine wool from Sweden.
Saab made a statement in the early 90s. In the 9000 series there was either valuable leather or wool. The trend away from leather was not yet invented; in Trollhättan you were a bit ahead of the times. The Italian brand supplied the high-quality seat covers Ermenegildo Zegna to. Saab would not have been Saab if the choice of wool as the cover had not been logically justified.
Wool in the Volvo. Cool in summer. Warm in winter.
Warm in winter - cool in summer. These were the facts that spoke for the wool covering. Wool did not prevail in the 9000, the majority of customers argued for the prestigious leather. Since pure wool, and no mixture, was used at the time, the disadvantages quickly became apparent. High sensitivity to UV rays, noticeably less robust than leather. Only a few vehicles with Zegna equipment survived in good condition.
For this reason, Volvo Cars uses a mix of materials. 30% wool and 70% polyester from recycled raw materials provide a more robust cover than was the case at Saab almost 30 years ago. The seat covers are described as hard-wearing, water and dirt repellent and wrinkle-free. In comparison, with the previously used nappa leather covering of the sports seats, 3 kilograms of weight are saved as a pleasant side effect.
However, a fundamental advantage has remained valid. The wool mix cools in summer and keeps you warm in winter. In addition, it is puristic-Scandinavian and therefore fits the origin of the brand. A nice detail on the edge, which should not be missing to perfection, is the small Swedish flag on the seat back.