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Volvo 480ES - Design Concept rendering 85.08

1985 VOLVO 480ES

In 1985 the design of the G13 Project, the Volvo 480 was nearing completion. John de Vries, the Exterior designer, had left to take over at DAF Trucks, and only a few details remained incomplete.

One concern from Sweden was that the design at the time did not feature the classic Volvo grille with the diagonal & emblem.

Various themes were evaluated, placing the diagonal of the painted front, but the chosen design, inspired by a Ferrari solution, was to place the grille below the bumper.