Sep
29

Volvo V40 Cross Country gets the all-wheel drive it deserves

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2015 Volvo V40 Cross Country

Want a rugged Volvo wagon? Gothenburg has two kinds to offer: there’s the XC crossovers on the one hand and ruggedized wagons on the other. As we reported last month from the unveiling of the new XC90 in Sweden, Volvo plans on offering more Cross Country wagons in the future. But in the meantime, it has upgraded the existing V40 Cross Country with some key enhancements – not the least of which is the long-awaited addition of all-wheel drive.

Powertrain upgrades for Volvo’s smallest soft-roader include the new T5 engine (a 1.7-liter turbo four producing 245 horsepower), an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The new powertrain is not only more capable, but also more environmentally friendly than the old T5 it replaces.

The enhanced V40 Cross Country launches in Europe mid-fall before being rolled out in other markets in the following months, but unfortunately the United States is not among them as the V40 is not offered Stateside in any configuration, which is a shame.

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Sep
25

Volvo pranks newest valet on the Italian Riviera

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Volvo Prank Ad

Being a valet on the Italian Riviera seems like a pretty sweet gig for a young guy. Not only do you get to watch beautiful people coming and going all day and night, but there’s the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a plethora of exotic sports cars. Of course, being responsible for those expensive vehicles has to be pretty nerve wracking to get used to on the first day.

In a new commercial, Volvo pranks a new valet at the San Remo Casino to see how he would handle a surprise showing up on the red carpet. If the look on his face in the screenshot above doesn’t show it, he’s pretty shocked by what he sees. We don’t want to spoil the reveal, so just watch the ad to find out. Afterward, if you’re interested in the details behind how Volvo made it happen, you can check out a short, making-of documentary, here.

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Sep
18

Leno drives Volvo P1800 from Roger Moore’s The Saint

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Volvo P1800 from The Saint

Outside of a few notable exceptions, Volvo usually isn’t associated with making beautifully curvaceous vehicles. But in the 1960s and early ’70s the company proved with the P1800 that its cars didn’t only have to be safe but staid family transportation. Underneath that shapely styling were a lot of components from the brand’s parts bin, but that didn’t bother Roger Moore when he drove one of these in the TV series The Saint. Actually, the future James Bond actor didn’t just get behind of one of these; he owned this exact 1967 P1800 S. It’s this week’s highlight on Jay Leno’s Garage.

Moore was the car’s original owner, but it also appeared in studio scenes of The Saint. Despite its famous provenance, when owner Bill Krzastek bought the P1800 in England, it was in pretty rough shape. The Volvo underwent a nine-month restoration to get it back into shape, which included some new body panels and wheels. Krzastek claims that much of the interior is original, though.

Krzastek comes off has a little bit nerdy, but you have to give him credit. He absolutely loves his Volvo and knows something about practically every detail of his car’s history. Krzastek even refinanced his house to fund the purchase and restoration of the P1800. Although, with the right maintenance these old Swedes have been known to go millions of miles. Enjoy this look at one that was a star of the screen in the ’60s.

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Sep
18

Volvo XC90 R-Design adds a dash of sport

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Volvo XC90

The 2015 Volvo XC90 is a huge leap forward for the Swedish automaker as its first all-new model since leaving Ford ownership. There’s a lot riding on the crossover’s success, too, because its platform is supposed to underpin Volvo vehicles for years to come. The latest move for the new CUV is adding a little aggressiveness to the look with the R-Design trim for buyers desiring a sportier-looking Swede.

The R-Design joins the already announced Momentum and Inscription trims. Mechanically it doesn’t change anything, but ticking the box for the R-Design adds a slightly different grille with horizontal slats, a redesigned lower air dam, new window trim, matte silver side-mirror covers and rectangular exhaust nestled in an altered lower rear bumper. The sportier XC90 comes standard with 20-inch wheels, but a 22-inch design is optional, as well.

The meaner look is carried inside with sport seats covered in Nubuck and Nappa leather, a perforated leather steering wheel and R-Design trim for the gearshift, pedals, floor mats and illuminated tread plates. The touchscreen infotainment system also gets an R-Design theme.

According to Volvo, the XC90 R-Design is all about giving buyers a chance to personalize their crossover. With the Momentum as the base and the Inscription trim representing more luxury with high-end finishes, the new addition goes after one more niche. Scroll down to read the official announcement of this slightly meaner looking XC90.

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Sep
09

Volvo working on ultra-lux four-seat XC90 for China?

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Volvo XC90

In China, it’s all about being driven. That’s why we’ve seen so many automakers stretch their most popular models to appeal to buyers in the Chinese market. Volvo is certainly no stranger to this, and according to Autocar, the company is already working on a super-lux, four-seat version of its recently launched XC90 crossover.

Volvo won’t stretch the XC90 and just increase second-row legroom, however. Instead, the company will reportedly remove both the standard XC90’s second and third row benches, and install a duplicate set of front seats in the rear compartment, featuring the same electric adjustment features, including massage. These more luxurious thrones will be placed further back in the vehicle, allowing for “exceptional” legroom, Autocar reports, without needing to stretch the wheelbase.

Mum’s the word on when we can expect to see the high-zoot Volvo arrive, though the magazine estimates that it surface later this year.

Volvo working on ultra-lux four-seat XC90 for China? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sep
09

Hot rod tractor stars in Swedish version of Farmkhana

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Terror Traktor drift

The Nordic countries are known for their beautiful fjords, blonde-haired populace and bitter cold for a good portion of the year. The hours spent indoors during the dark, cold season apparently gives a lot of time for some crazy brainstorming. Tire store chain Vianor is highlighting the Traktor Terror in a new video. If Ken Block is the master of Gymkhana, then these guys know all about Farmkhana in their custom, turbocharged tractor.

According to the YouTube description from Vianor, the tractor is a 1956 Volvo BM Terrier with an added roll cage, adjustable front suspension and extended frame. The engine is thoroughly Swedish, and it’s based on a Volvo 940 Turbo with a Volvo 240 head and Volvo 740 intercooler. However, it uses a Saab turbo Prospark ignition and fuel system. All told, the setup is claimed to make 225 horsepower and is capable of a top speed of 60 miles per hour.

That’s not crazy power, but this tractor can certainly put it down. The farm machine has no problem smoking those big rear wheels and drifts easily…. although, it may be a tiny little bit unstable (hence the roll cage). If nothing else, this looks like the world’s most fun way to be a farmer, that’s for sure.

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Sep
06

What you missed on 9.5.14

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Daily U-Turn

Lexus RCFirst Drive: 2015 Lexus RC F

The third model from Lexus’ F performance division is here in the form of the two-door RC coupe. While staying true to lessons learned from the IS F before it, the RC F proves that Lexus indeed has what it takes to compete with the rest of the luxury performance set. Seyth Miersma tests the new coupe on both road and track in our first drive, here.

Volvo XC90Volvo XC90 First Edition sells out

And just like that, they’re all gone. Volvo opened the order books on its 2015 XC90 First Edition earlier this week, and in a scant 47 hours, all 1,927 examples of the slick new crossover have been gobbled up. That’s impressive, considering the XC90 isn’t a highly lauded sports car or anything, and it bodes well for the CUV’s launch in the US early next year.

Jaguar XEJaguar XE to be revealed Monday

Get ready, ladies and gents – come Monday, we’ll have the full scoop on the brand-new Jaguar XE midsize sport-luxury sedan. We’ve been waiting for this one for a while now, and while the car isn’t tipped to go on sale in the US until 2016, we’re excited to pour over all of the images and details. In the meantime, Jaguar has released this teaser video to whet our appetites.

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What you missed on 9.5.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sep
05

Volvo XC90 First Edition sells out in 47 hours

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Volvo XC90

Two days ago, Volvo opened the order books on its completely new 2015 XC90 crossover, and just like that, all of the 1,927 First Edition models were reserved in a scant 47 hours. According to Volvo, most of the vehicles were reserved within one hour of the online ordering site launching, and at its peak, seven cars were being sold each minute.

First Edition models wear a unique Onyx Black exterior, and ride on eight-spoke, 21-inch wheels. Inside, amber nappa leather covers the seats, the dashboard is lined in charcoal leather, and there are walnut inlays throughout the cabin.

Under the hood, the XC90 First Edition can be had with either a four-cylinder Drive-E gasoline or diesel engine (if you live in markets outside the US, of course). The twin-charged T6 petrol model comes with 320 horsepower, and sends its power to the ground via all-wheel drive.

All First Edition vehicles will get unique numbered tread plates, as well as a special badge on the tailgate. 1,927 models were offered to represent the year in which Volvo was founded.

Read more in the automaker’s press blast, below.

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Sep
03

Volvo opens order books for XC90 First Edition

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Volvo XC90

The new Volvo XC90 breaks new ground in any number of ways. It’s based on a new modular platform, packs new engines, introduces a new design language and incorporates a whole slew of new safety systems. Even in its sales approach, it takes Volvo into new territory.

In what Volvo calls an industry first, the first 1,927 examples of the new XC90 will be sold online. Those First Edition models, whose production numbers honor the year of the company’s founding, will come fully equipped in T6 AWD guise with the twin-charged (but not hybrid) 316-horsepower engine, air suspension, Bowers & Wilkins audio system and 21-inch Inscription alloys, decked out in black with a tan Nappa leather interior, all for $65,900.

As you can see from the online store, ordering has officially begun. Get one while they’re hot.

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Aug
31

Volvo PV444 turns 70

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Volvo PV444

Volvo has made all manner of vehicles over the course of its long history, including coupes, convertibles, hatchbacks, sedans, wagons and SUVs. But the vehicle that started it all was the PV444.

Or rather, we should say, the PV444 is what re-started it all. Because while it wasn’t Volvo’s first model, it was the first one it produced after the war. Monday, September 1, will mark 70 years since the PV444 first debuted at the Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm pictured above, where the company received 148,437 visitors.

That presentation there took place shortly before the end of World War II when the vehicle wasn’t even finished yet. A team of 40 engineers and designers were still fine-tuning the final version, but were eager to show the public what it would start building after the last bullet was fired and peace would return to Europe.

The exhibition garnered 2,300 pre-orders (though we doubt that’s what they were called seven decades ago and in Swedish). It would take Volvo another few years to begin delivery, but once it did, people got Gothenburg’s first small car, built on a monocoque chassis with an overhead-valve engine – all pioneering features at the time. That OHV engine displaced 1.4 liters and offered just 40 horsepower, and all those initial examples were painted black with green interiors.

The first examples delivered to the United States arrived in Los Angeles on August 15, 1955, and established Volvo’s presence in the North American market. Though Volvo had only made 2,000 cars at that point, it ambitiously set the production goal of 8,000 units for the PV444… and ended up building 200,000 of them by the time production ended in 1958. That total is 440,000 if you include the updated PV544 that followed until 1965. In short, it was a pivotal model for Volvo, and one worthy of celebrating.

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