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Take a Volvo, you’ll feel better in the morning

Mon, 03 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700

It’s time to put away the Benadryl and the Claritin--Volvo has its own over-the-counter solution for allergies.

Filters in some Volvos clean the air in the passenger compartment, and they also remove particles that cause allergies.

Because of this, five models--the S80, the V70, the XC60, the XC70 and the S60--are recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association.

The development of the allergy-optimized interiors is part of Volvo Cars’ “DRIVe Towards Zero,” which is striving to develop cars that are entirely free from harmful particles and carbon-dioxide emissions.

Volvo researchers are working to develop filters that block even the tiniest particles.

“It is the small particles that are the most dangerous,” said Andreas Andersson, manager of allergy-optimized car interiors at Volvo Cars. “They may not result in immediate symptoms like the larger ones do, which cause allergies to blossom. However, small particles can cause negative health effects in the longer term.”

By Izzi Bendall