By Khulekani Dumisa
Volvo Car South Africa has revealed a customised Volvo XC40 that celebrates the company’s #HiddenGem campaign. The stylish and unique vehicle – customised in partnership with South African fashion designer Rich Mnisi – was revealed at a brunch hosted by Volvo Car South Africa and champagne lifestyle brand GH Mumm at the newly opened #HiddenGem, Pablo restaurant, in Mint Hotel, Sandton. This is the first time that Volvo has collaborated with Mnisi.
Customised Volvo XC40
The customised Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design has also been fully blacked. The car gets a double wrapped black-on-black in a zebra-patterned stripe. Inside, there are green leather door inlays and the designer’s signature logo embossed on the headrests. The R-Design also has a panoramic sunroof and full leather seats.
Volvo Car South Africa Special Cars
Volvo is no stranger to creating special cars. Once such vehicle is a customised XC90 known as “The Beast”. Charmagne Mavudzi, Head of Consumer Experience at Volvo Car South Africa, explains, “The Beast is an XC90 D5 Inscription that – thanks to a series of modifications by the team at Volvo Car South Africa – was transformed into the most extreme XC90 South Africa has ever seen. Its matte black wrap and orange accents created a bold visual statement, resulting in a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that looked to many people like it was ready to take on the wastelands of a post-apocalyptic landscape.”
The customised XC40 has been appropriately nicknamed “Beast’s Baby Brother.”
Mavudzi says, “#HiddenGem is built around one pertinent idea: that, after all we have been through, summer and the ability to move are more precious than ever before. The need for us to work together to limit the spread of a virus has given our perspective of safety a new meaning. This summer we will take to our cars, more than to planes or trains, to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors safely once again. We will do this in order to reunite with family and to revisit our places of importance and meaning – our #HiddenGem,” The brunch was attended by Rich Mnisi, Volvo ambassadors Jessica Nkosi and Zuraida Jardine, alongside other celebrities such as Boity Thulo and Tshepi Vundla. These are all typical buyers of the award-winning XC40, as the brand grows in popularity amongst well-heeled South Africans. “Despite the pandemic, Volvo retail sales in South Africa during July were outstanding, with the company doubling its volumes versus June 2020,” notes Yvette Greyvenstein, Head of Commercial Operations at Volvo Car South Africa
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