What do you think of when you think of Sweden?
Meatballs? Chefs? Flat-pack furniture and massive station wagons? We do.
Beneath that safe, sensible, clean modern design exterior lies a very different Sweden.
It's the country that loves classic American hot rods and big motorcycles, thinks nothing of driving through snow-covered forests at breakneck speeds ... and creates one-off six-wheeled flat-bed trucks that look like they should be on the set of Mad Max.
Behold: the six-wheeled Volvo XC60 crossover pickup and its matte-black paint job.
Spotted earlier this week at Volvo’s Gothenburg headquarters, this one-of-a-kind monster might look like the result of one too many Kopparbergs.
But it actually has a very sensible, singular purpose in life: to be Volvo’s in-house camera car.
Instead of asking its in-house camera crew to hang out of the back of a standard XC60 crossover utility vehicle, Volvo took a stock XC60 and chopped the roof off behind the second row.
Then it added an extended bed, complete with non-slip deck and plenty of places to attach tripods, harnesses and camera gear.
And, of course, it also added that second rear axle.
The result is an extremely versatile camera car, happy on- or off-road. The only downside is its added length: even with the full width of a two-lane street, we observed that the camera car couldn't quite manage a U-turn.