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Ride Safely Together in the Car This Summer

Wednesday May 28th, 2008 at 9:55 PM
Posted by: Derek

Volvo has always been synonymous with car safety and they come out with some good advice for keeping the family outings a happy experience. Sometimes we can’t control the overly-energetic kids in the back, but we can take some action for keeping everyone safe before hitting the road. Let us know what steps you take to make your trip to the store or annual vacation spot a safe experience. (Editor)

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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

Blings:

  • 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

Dings:

  • $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

Overview Volvo S80 Specs
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by Gary Chan

2008 Volvo S80

Introduction

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

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

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Popular Science Magazine Awards Volvo Cars For Innovative Child Booster Cushion System

Tuesday November 27th, 2007 at 1:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

Volvo integrated booster cushion

Volvo Cars new integrated 2 stage booster seat helps protect children who have outgrown their toddler seat. This integrated 2 stage booster cushion in combination with the extended Inflatable Curtain, and load limiting seat belts is a world first and recently received international acknowledgement as a unique engineering solution to give children of different size a safe and comfortable travel experience. Chosen from thousands of new products and innovations, and selected as 1 of 100 best new technologies for 2007, Volvo Car Corporation, LLC, received Popular Science’s annual Best of What’s New award for this child protection system. A similar design was first shown in 2001 aboard Volvo’s Safety Concept Car as a concept that would provide better seat belt positioning for children. Subsequent refinements to the seat, vehicle side body structure, seat belt attributes, and inflatable side curtain culminated with launching Volvo’s newest crossover estate, XC70 in Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland this past March.

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