More recently, they've also previewed new drivetrain technologies and materials, as products are now expected to minimize their impact on the environment.
Volvo, ever the straight-laced and sensible automaker, made a green concept car before it was cool--the 1983 LCP 2000.
Now in its thirtieth year, the LCP previewed light-weight materials and efficient drivetrain options.
LCP stands for 'Light Component Project', so named for the light-weight plastics, magnesium and aluminum used throughout its construction.
Volvo set itself stringent targets for the LCP 2000's specification: It must weigh no more than 700 kilograms (1,543 pounds), accommodate a minimum of two people, and use under 4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers--58.8 mpg or better.