Test drive a Volvo XC60 at 125 mph (with no hands)

Monday September 15th, 2008 at 1:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

2009 XC60 - Volvo's new crossover SUV

The new crossover SUV from Volvo – the XC60 – has a 3.0L turbo-charged six cylinder engine (T6). This crossover is no pushover getting some extra oomph from a twin-turbo setup that produces 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The twin-scroll turbo gives the T6 engine a wide power band such that maximum torque begins at 1,500 rpm. A powerful engine requires a transmission designed to handle the high torque of the T6 engine. Thus, the XC60 is equipped with a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission to move you along smoothly and quietly.

Volvo released a series of campaign videos promoting their new XC60 SUV. Watch the video as Viktoria shows off her skills and the stability of the XC60 at 200 kph – with no hands on the steering wheel! Watch the video after the jump

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Volvo Launches Boston Red Sox Special Edition C30 (updated 7/29/2008)

Tuesday July 29th, 2008 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

Linda Brennan of Montpelier, Vt. Wins Ultimate Fan Prize: Boston Red Sox Special Edition Volvo C30

Red Sox Foundation and Volvo team up in charity raffle, raising $1.4 million

IRVINE, Calif. (July 29, 2008) – Linda Brennan, Boston Red Sox Foundation and Volvo Cars of North America raffle winner, now owns the ultimate 2007 World Series Championship collectible: The Boston Red Sox Special Edition Volvo C30.

Volvo and the Red Sox Foundation hosted the raffle to raise money for children and families in need across New England. Brennan took home the C30 during Saturday’s Red Sox versus Yankees game at Fenway Park.


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2008 Volvo XC70 (Cross Country) Review – The stalwart of the family wagon

Tuesday June 10th, 2008 at 4:66 AM
Posted by: twain

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Volvo XC70 Consumer Reviews Volvo XC70 Photo Gallery

By Twain Mein

2008 2008 Volvo XC70

This is a review of the newly designed 2008 Volvo XC70 (Cross Country) 3.2, all-wheel drive wagon.


  • Excellent build quality
  • Volvo safety
  • Reasonable price
  • Increased rear leg room
  • Wagon utility


  • Unnecessary interior gimmicks
  • Terrible GPS integration
  • Controversial styling
  • Wagon utility

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Volvo Cars teams with Bark Buckle Up for Pet Travel Safety

Monday June 2nd, 2008 at 9:66 AM
Posted by: Derek

Bark Buckle UP Partners With Volvo Cars to Announce Nationwide Campaign Educating Pet Owners About Pet Travel Safety

Campaign Created to Educate Pet Owners on the Dangers Associated with Unrestrained Pets in Vehicles

VCNA President & CEO Doug Speck with his dog SadieSAN DIEGO — Bark Buckle UP, a leader in the pet safety industry, today announced that it has partnered with Volvo Cars, the benchmark company for auto safety, in launching a campaign that will educate pet owners nationwide about pet travel safety.

From June through September, select Volvo Retailers across the United States and Canada will host Pet Safety Days. Open to the general public and their pets, the safety events will teach pet owners about pet safety products and give tips for traveling safely with pets. Christina Selter, Bark Buckle UP founder and pet travel safety expert, will visit select Pet Safety Days to answer questions, offer her expertise, and demonstrate how easy it is to keep your pet safe.

“Seat belts protect millions of people every day,” said Selter, who buckles up her dog Betty, even if she’s just driving to the supermarket. “In the event of an accident, an unrestrained pet can escape and be hit by another vehicle, cause another collision, or attack emergency crews trying to reach an injured party. It only takes a few minutes to safeguard your pet and by properly securing your pet, you are protecting yourself, your passengers, and your pet from injury, not to mention protecting other drivers and strangers trying to help.”


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The new Volvo V70 R-DESIGN – loaded with refined options

Thursday May 8th, 2008 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Volvo V70 R-Design
Volvo tries to be a little edgey and give their customers a means of customizing their Volvo’s to match their personalities. Think this will work in the U.S. market? I typically think of Volvo owners as conservative types who are more practical than image conscious. Somebody post photos of their Volvo if they have an R-Design package. We want to see some examples of a hot Volvo.

The official press release from Volvo is below the jump. (Editor)


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2008 Volvo C30 Video Review

Friday March 7th, 2008 at 3:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

There is a new hot-hatch on the market that blends a little old skool styling with a modern look, and Volvo’s renowned safety features. The 2008 Volvo C30 is a new 2-door hatchback and is Volvo’s smallest car for the U.S. market at 8.5 inches shorter than the S40 sedan. The C30 has a 6 speed manual transmission, 2.5L I5, 20 valve, 227-horsepower engine, seats four and offers a Custom Build ordering process with 17 different exterior color choices and 12 interior combinations.

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Volvo C30 Photo Gallery

Volvo C30 Specs

VolvoOfficial website for Volvo automobiles in the U.S. – www.volvocars.com/us/

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Safe, stunning and smart – the new 2009 Volvo XC60 redefines the small premium crossover

Thursday March 6th, 2008 at 11:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Volvo XC60

Volvo’s new compact crossover SUV is falling back on its solid reputation of building safe cars. We tested a couple of Volvo cars (C30 and S80) and were never really impressed with their sport and performance features. Even though Volvo marketing efforts were focused on the performance aspects, experts at CarReview felt that the safety features of the cars reviewed were the real strong points. So, it is good to see Volvo hyping up their City Safetyand other safety systems with their new XC60.

The entire XC60 safety package includes a fully integrated alcohol lockout system, Driver Alert Control that warns tired and inattentive drivers with monitoring alerts between lane markings, Adaptive Cruise Control that uses radar sensors to continuously monitor the vehicle in front and adjust road speed accordingly.

And the list of safety features continues:
• Distance Alert helps the driver maintain a preset time gap behind the vehicle in front, even when active cruise control isn’t on.
• Blind Spot Information System detects vehicles in the blind spot during daylight and darkness.
• Intelligent Driver Information System controls driver distraction by delaying incoming phone calls or text messages.
• Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with a sound if the car crosses lanes without a turn signal.
• Collision Warning fires red warning lights on the windshield and sounds a buzzer sounds if you’re approaching another vehicle.
• Collision Warning with Auto Brake offers an audible and visible signal, then engages the brake pads before braking automatically.
• Emergency Brake Lamps start flashing from their high-mounted position when you press hard on the brake pedal, then turn to solid light.

Continue reading for the official press release from Volvo as the XC60 is featured during this week’s Geneva Motor Show.

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2008 Volvo C30 Review – A different kind of "hot hatch"

Tuesday February 12th, 2008 at 2:22 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

2008 Volvo C30
By Kurt Gensheimer


  • Engine has more grunt than a railroad chain gang
  • Oozes with style (not applicable to our test model)
  • Solid, quiet, reassuring ride
  • Millions of build options – yes, millions


  • $24K car and no cruise control?
  • Default super typhoon-force defog setting
  • Narrow roofline drips rainwater into cabin when entering
  • A bit portly for its size

Ruling: Proof that style and a nice backside can also earn “hot hatch” status.
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2008 Volvo S80 Video Review

Thursday December 20th, 2007 at 5:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Clean Scandanavian design, strong V8 motor by Yamaha, and lots of important safety devices are integrated into the 2008 Volvo S80. The king of the hill trim level, the S80 V8 AWD, makes big waves with its 311-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Sit back in comfort with luxurious leather seats and enjoy the Dynaudio sound system if you seek an alternative to the V-8 melody.

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Volvo S80 Photo Gallery

Volvo S80 Specs

VolvoOfficial website for Volvo automobiles in the U.S. – www.volvocars.com/us/

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2008 Volvo S80 Review – Subdued Elegance with a Great Voice

Friday December 7th, 2007 at 7:1212 PM
Posted by: gmchan_66

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Consumer Reviews of S80 Volvo S80 Photo Gallery Volvo S80 Video Review

by Gary Chan

2008 Volvo S80


When I think of Volvo design “exciting and passionate” do not come to mind. The last time I was excited about a Volvo was the mid-90’s 850 T5R model with the titanium-colored rims. Well, things have changed and the body on the S80 is downright sexy. Gone are the sharp edges and replacing them are curvaceous body lines. Plus, a 311 hp, 4.4L V8 engine that moves with the speed and determination of Gail Devers in the 100-meter dash is a nice boost for Volvo’s premiere sedan.


  • Great engine and exhaust sound
  • Solid braking and modulation
  • Excellent Dynaudio sound system. Clean and accurate
  • Interior materials fit and finish are exemplary
  • BLIS – Blind Spot Information System for safe lane changes


  • Non-intuitive cruise control interface
  • Rear seat release
  • Lack of Bluetooth and navigation

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