Where previously chromed rails gave entrance to the XC60, beginning with 2008 the running-board developed by Scherer & Trier will shine. As installed, the new running-board is visible even when the door is closed and, thanks to its elegant surface design, serves as invitation to get in and drive away.
 
Innovative at every step – running-board Volvo XC60
Scherer & Trier has developed a new running-board for the 2008 model-year of Volvo's XC60. Extensive development work was required to justify the credo "Design, Durability and Innovation". But the result is a real kick, as it should be for the running-board of a powerful SUV.

"The board is a composition of a number of components", explains Project Manager Horst Morgenroth, "one has to imagine it like a sandwich." A fitting description for a part made up of a myriad of components clipped and screw-fastened to one another in a manner that finally there are only two main components yet to be connected together. The lower component is a plastic rocker panel on which a multi-layer aluminum part is applied as a decorative piece. The substructure is designed with four base supports and a steel beam to afford step stability up to 200 kg.
  But the design attributes elegance and power, were also to be accommodated appropriately in this new part. Though at the outset there was a lot of discussion about a stainless steel solution, aluminum was the convincing surface material to evolve from the development process. In order to meet the high Volvo requirements, much emphasis was placed on an additional, innovative surface treatment. Its bluish shimmering appearance, good formability and comparatively large design freedom are further advantages that aluminum has to offer. Ribs and the XC lettering were stamped into the aluminum part to give it a sporty/noble appeal. Scherer & Trier ventured into new territory in the development of this running-board; existing know-how was combined with new ideas to develop a successful concept – particularly in the tool-making – which will surely benefit future projects with similar high-demand requirements.
 
 




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2008/12/20



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