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Ford Wants to Unload Volvo

Thursday January 29th, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: m35man

VolvoNeeding cash fast, Ford wants to unload Volvo. The first move is to show that the car line is making money. Who is going to purchase a company that’s losing money? Sales are down by almost half, which will most likely scare away even the most speculative investors.

Volvo is a popular car with families, because they’re so safe. I bought a used Volvo wagon in the late ’80s. It had 100,000 miles on it when I bought the vehicle, and I got another 50,000 out of it without a major repair. Solidly built and structurally sound, I see a lot of upwardly mobile families driving Volvos with car seats in the back. Ford is reportedly going to ask for $5-$10 billion dollars for the brand, but they could be dreaming with that price, especially in a recession.

Ford has too many car lines, so selling Volvo makes sense. Hopefully, the move will provide them with some much-needed funds that they can use to make better cars that are greener, more affordable and family friendly. They say that of the Big 3, Ford is in the best shape. They’ve been the most proactive in making greener cars, and by offering attractive deals, they’ve been selling new cars when most Americans are content to drive the cars they have currently have, while they wait and see what’s going to happen with the economy.

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Volvo XC60 City Safety System Report

Monday January 19th, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: Derek

2010 Volvo XC60

The big safety news in the new Volvo XC60 is City Safety – a unique safety feature that can help the driver avoid or reduce the damage of low-speed impacts that are common in city traffic and bumper-to-bumper traffic. If the car is about to strike the vehicle in front and the driver does not react, the car automatically applies the brakes.

What! Why do a I need another electronic nanny and do I really want something that applies the brakes for me?

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Volvo's New Twin-Turbo Diesel For The S80 D5

Tuesday January 13th, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2009 Volvo S80Lots and lots of diesel news these days … and this time, it’s Volvo’s turn.

In this case, the Scandy company best known for cars as safe as bank vaults, is rolling out a new twin-turbo oil burner for their S80 sedan. It’s a 2.4-liter, five-cylinder engine putting out 205-horsepower and around 310 lb-ft of torque. The engine allegedly gets around 38 mpg while meeting strict Euro 5 emissions standards. Sadly, there’s no plans for bringing it to the North American market (dumb) for reasons unknown. Why does Europe get all the cool diesel tech, huh?

Anyway, this same diesel powertrain will also be dropped into the upcoming S60 sedan and the evergreen V70 wagon. For those of you that are engine geeks, the specifics are like this:

As mentioned, the mill uses twin turbochargers, and features ceramic glow plugs and piezoelectric fuel injectors to cut down on fuel consumption. The engine, which is all aluminum alloy, is light weight and uses transverse cooling to keep a more uniform temperature in the cylinder head and engine block than a typical diesel. This improves reliability. The engine also features asymmetrically sized turbos, that together deliver 26 PSI pressure across the rev range.

Really, Volvo (and/or parent company Ford) should bring this one here.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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New Volvo XC60 City Safety tour comes to a town near you

Friday January 9th, 2009 at 12:11 PM
Posted by: Derek

Volvo city safety demoVolvo is doing a big promotion across the country as it enters the luxury, performance-oriented, small SUV/crossover market with their new XC60. Two Parallel Tours will cross the country with more than 85 events, giving customers the opportunity to see the new XC60 before it goes on sale at dealerships and experience “City Safety” – Volvo’s most extensive safety package ever.

Using their strong reputation and association with car safety, Volvo has put together a live demonstration of their latest safety innovation – City Safety. According to surveys, 75% of accidents occur at speeds below 18 mph and in city traffic. Volvo’s new City Safety system helps the driver avoid or reduce low-speed collisions. CarReview attended one of the City Safety demonstrations. Follow the link to learn more about the City Safety feature and and how it operates.

Volvo XC60 City Safety System Report

For a hands on experience of Volvo’s latest safety feature, click the link below to find the place and date of the “From Sweden with Löv” tour stop nearest you.

https://www.customers.volvocars.com/xc60tour

Or read the press release on the next page to find out if “From Sweden with Löv” tour stops at a city near you. For more details about the “City Safety” system and other active Volvo safety features such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), blind spot information system (BLIS), collision warning w/auto brake, driver alert control, and lane departure warning information system, visit their website, www.volvocars.us/XC60Tour.

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Volvo XC60 Hill Test (video)

Thursday October 30th, 2008 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: Derek

The new crossover SUV from Volvo – the XC60 – has a 3.0L turbo-charged six cylinder engine. This crossover is no pushover getting some extra giddyap from a twin-turbo setup that produces 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) is one of the most vital safety advances in the past decade by helping prevent spinouts, fishtails, and rollovers.

The new XC60 has lots of torque for hill climbs and has a cool “hill descent control” feature for the other half of the hill. Watch Ulrika climb (and descend) a slope so steep it would make Edmund Hillary stain his shorts.

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Volvo XC60 Elk Test (video)

Wednesday September 24th, 2008 at 8:99 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Volvo XC60

The new crossover SUV from Volvo – the XC60 – has a 3.0L turbo-charged six cylinder engine. This crossover is no pushover getting some extra giddyap from a twin-turbo setup that produces 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) is one of the most vital safety advances in the past decade by helping prevent spinouts, fishtails, and rollovers. Further developed in the XC60 using a roll rate sensor, DSTC also enhances stability in dynamic driving where the vehicle is exposed to high lateral forces.

In the Netherlands (and Canada) it is common for elk or moose to wander onto the roadway. In the U.S. we have to watch out for deer who are easily mesmerized by a pair of halogen headlights. Watch Bjarne show off his nerves of steel while swerving at 100 kph (64 mph) on a slippery track.

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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

Volvo XC70 Overview Volvo XC70 3.2 Specs
Volvo XC70 Consumer Reviews Volvo XC70 Photo Gallery

By Twain Mein

2008 2008 Volvo XC70

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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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