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2011 Volvo S60 Review – Naughty by Nature

Friday January 28th, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

By Gary Chan

Pros

  • Impressive engine and suspension
  • Quiet cockpit
  • Driver comfort and controls
  • Active Cruise Control

Cons:

  • Lack of keyless entry at this price point
  • Navigation input/lag and interface
  • Rear visibility with tall/thick C-pillar that reach the taillamps
  • Bluetooth setup

My family owned a sky blue 1974 Volvo 144 sedan that we purchased new and had for a number of years. My childhood memories of that large car include its heavy feel, slow acceleration and sleeping steering. Absolutely nothing that would stir the senses. Fast forward 37-years, and times have sure changed for the better. Light, nimble, and fast (complete opposites of the 144) are the adjectives I’d use to describe the new redesigned S60 during my long weekend with the car.

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CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

best_suv_crossover_2010_300x230Five Standout SUVs/Crossovers – CarReview’s Recommendations for 2010

By Greg Gaillard and the CarReview editorial team

In the 1990s when the practical minivan began to seem passé, consumers turned their heads and wallets to the fledgling Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market for some excitement to suit their new active lifestyles. The watchful eye of corporate marketing caught the emerging trend and aggressively promoted the ready-for-anything aura of the new Ford Explorer and instantly identifiable Jeep Cherokee. It worked.

Over the next 20 years manufacturers have refined the SUV from an inefficient 4 door truck glazed with rugged styling into some of the more sophisticated vehicles on the market. The crossover refinements have spawned a dizzying array of choices all called SUV or some variation if SUV (Think BMW’s sports activity vehicle designation for its X-series). While today’s models are much better than their forbearers, picking the best SUV/crossover is not as easy as it once was.

CarReview believes the current market has some great SUVs that do something better than the rest. To select the top 5, contributors used criteria that align with the original vision for the segment.

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2010 Volvo C30 R-Design Review – A Saint for the 21st Century

Tuesday September 7th, 2010 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: the911guy

By Dan Tsuchiya

Pros

  • Overall attractive styling that brings back the P1800 for the 21st century
  • Zippy engine with power that comes on very early utilizing great torque
  • Built for cold weather
  • Tight cornering prowess always has you looking for the next turn

Cons

  • Front seats a bit narrow on the bottom half and no headrest adjustment
  • Price with options getting close to a 1-series BMW
  • Not built for warm climates
  • With good handling comes a stiff suspension

Few shows were as popular in Britain in the 1960s as “The Saint”. The show starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar, a spy with a penchant for gorgeous cars. The classic image of Roger Moore driving his Volvo 1800 sports car in the 1960′s TV show, “The Saint”, endures even today.

On the other side of the Atlantic, hatchbacks have never been largely accepted in the United States except when they were disguised as sports cars like the XKE, 240Z, RX-7, and Pinto (sorry scratch that last one). The Volvo C30, which is a peppy little four seat hot-hatch, comes in deep into competitive territory with the Mazdaspeed3, WRX, GTI, and even the tidy little MINI Cooper S. We would like to think that the Volvo C30 can stand up to its peers, but you be the judge.

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Volvo's Collision Avoidance System Fails, Result Is A S60 Swedish Pancake

Tuesday May 11th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 Volvo S60 CrashHuman error is likely to blame for new safety system failure

Volvo has been touting its collision avoidance system on the new 2011 S60, but there is one problem, in a recent test the system didn’t work. With no driver on board, the S60 slammed into the back of a truck. Evidently the failure was a result of the avoidance system being disabled.

In Volvo’s defense, the system was working perfectly earlier in the day. During the last test, a crash-test-dummy was stuffed into the driver seat and sent on its way. Volvo is claiming the car’s battery was not working right and as a result the system was disabled. Perhaps the system is disabled when the battery is low?

Video of Volvo’s “oopsy” after the jump

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All-New 2011 Volvo S60 – A jaywalker's best friend

Thursday February 11th, 2010 at 10:22 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 volvo s60Eight engine options and new safety tech round out the new S60

Volvo has lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding the new S60 and we how have details on the finalized specs of the car. If you read our last article about the new 2011 S60, there will be few surprises. Earlier this week, the Swedish automaker spilled the beans about the new safety features and engine options available in the S60.

Like everybody expected, the S60 features Pedestrian Detection. This new safety system is a first for any car and at speeds under 21 miles per hour apply full braking power to bring the S60 to a complete stop. At higher speeds, the system will try to slow down the car as much as possible to minimize injury to the pedestrian. The system uses both a camera and radar system to detect pedestrians.

The system even pre-boosts the brake system to be ready to deliver maximum stopping power as soon as the safety system detects danger. Volvo claims this technology will reduce pedestrian fatality risk by 20 to 85 percent. The S60 will also apply the brakes if it detects a possible collision with another car or any other stationary object.

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Volvo Releases Teaser Video for the 2011 S60

Thursday February 4th, 2010 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 Volvo S60A Volvo drifting in the desert! Really?

Volvo has released an exciting new teaser video showing off the all-new 2011 S60 a month ahead of its public unveiling. The advertisement shows the new Swedish car blasting down the highway and drifting in the desert with dramatic music blaring in the background.

Much of the new S60 is still a mystery, but expect to see the existing five and six-cylinder engines to carry over. It has been rumored that a direct-injected, turbocharged, 1.6-liter will also be included in the engine lineup. There may even be a hybrid model in the future.

In the transmission department, a standard six-speed manual will hopefully be included. More than likely, a six-speed automatic will be standard. The video shows for a brief second the driver shifting an automatic transmission. In a video trying to show off just how sporty the new S60 is, Volvo really should of shown a manual transmission instead of the automatic.

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Win a XC60 and save face entering Volvo's Twilight: New Moon contest

Friday November 13th, 2009 at 4:1111 PM
Posted by: asgruben

Volvo Twighlight Saga What Drives EdwardBy Adrienne Gruben

Here are a few terms that our reviewers used to describe the Volvo XC60 earlier this year: “safe,” “sexy,” “usable combination of horsepower and torque,” but apparently they forgot to say, “might protect you from getting your face ripped off.”

Like with its release of a Volvo-themed video game, the company is skewing to buyers of wine coolers and Axe with its Twilight Saga: New Moon “What Drives Edward” contest. However, the message is as confused as Edward Cullen at a blood drive.

For those of you just returning from solitary: Edward Cullen is…; wait, let’s start with: Twilight is; nevermind, if you don’t know, maybe you should commit another crime and get sent back to the hole because you are too far behind to catch up.

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Volvo's Three-Point Safety Belts Celebrate 50 Years

Friday August 14th, 2009 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: m35man

Volvo 3 point safety belt

Yesterday was a major holiday in the history of automotive safety–it was the 50th anniversary of the most important automobile safety device ever invented: the three-point safety belt, Volvo says.

Invented by Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin in 1958 and patented in 1959, the device has saved more than 1 million lives and is now standard equipment on every car. Volvo was also the first carmaker in the world to equip its cars with front seat three-point safety belts as standard.”
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Gamers rejoice. Volvo releases their new video game. Free.

Friday May 15th, 2009 at 1:55 PM
Posted by: asgruben

Volvo, the game - 850By Adrienne Gruben

Hot Moms with crushes on their tennis coaches. Professors with NPR tote bags.  This is what I think of when I hear the word Volvo.  But like Madonna and her new adolescent boyfriend, Volvo is retooling its image and possibly skewing to a younger set.  Volvo, in conjunction with SimBin (maker of the game Race Pro which scored 72% on Metacritic) has released a Volvo racing game called, wait for it…Volvo: The Game.

The game allows you to race Volvos that span each generation (including the 850 station-wagon, which to me, its inclusion is a tongue in cheek send up of the Mom car, but which Volvo calls a legend) or the futuristic looking V60 concept car.  I like old school, but a concept car, for any racing game enthusiast, is always cool.

As we all know, the success of a racing game comes down to five things: graphics, handling, varied skill level, track and cool cars.  The graphics look good.  Side by side photos of the game’s station wagon and the actual wagon were hard to distinguish.  Handling.  We’ll know May 26 when the game is made available.

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2010 Volvo XC60 Review – Safety in a sexy package

Wednesday February 18th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

Review and photos by Derek Mau

Pros

  • More Volvo safety features than you can count
  • Excellent ride comfort and handling
  • Attractive styling with unique LED tail lights

Cons

  • Slippery front seats that don’t hold its occupants well
  • Two-tone leather upholstery for the seats that are best left in a Danish furniture store
  • Heavy curb weight doesn’t help fuel economy

Safety in a sexy package
Volvo’s mantra has always been about safety. It was a Volvo safety engineer, Nils Bohlin, who designed and engineered the three-point safety belt. The new belt design was introduced in 1959 and saved lives almost immediately. Whereby, Volvo made the three-point lap and shoulder belt freely available to all car manufacturers. While mostly on the conservative side, Volvo has long been associated with keeping the family safe and living life in the middle lane. The mere mention of the world Volvo conjures up the image of a beige 240 DL wagon with dad at the wheel and mom refereeing the kids on their way to grandma’s house. Well, Volvo is loudly proclaiming that their new performance, luxury crossover is the safest vehicle on the road today, and they put it in stylish package that will have you rethinking the buttoned-down image of Volvo.

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