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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Hot rod tractor stars in Swedish version of Farmkhana originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sep
06

What you missed on 9.5.14

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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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Volvo XC90 First Edition sells out in 47 hours originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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.

Volvo opens order books for XC90 First Edition originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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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Volvo PV444 turns 70 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aug
30

Weekly Recap: Volvo’s $11-billion gamble

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2015 Volvo XC60

It’s ambitious, but Volvo is spending money on core products built on qualities that have made the brand successful in the past.

Just how much does it take to revive an iconic premium brand? How does $11 billion sound? That’s what Volvo’s Chinese owners are spending to give the Swedish company one more shot to make it as a global carmaker.

It’s a make-or-break proposition. Volvo must get it right, as even deep-pocketed parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Corp. has limits. The money will fund a product blitz with fresh yet authentic Swedish design, improved technology, new engines and, as always, a focus on safety. It’s ambitious, but Volvo is spending money on core products built on qualities that have made the brand successful in the past.

The 2015 XC90 will be the first vehicle to roll off the assembly line as a result of these efforts. As our Noah Joseph reported from the reveal in Sweden this week, the crossover embodies all of Volvo’s aspirations. It’s based on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture that will be used for all of the company’s models in North America. It draws power from the Drive-E engine series, including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 316 horsepower thanks to turbocharging and supercharging, and a plug-in hybrid variant that also uses both forced-induction systems to pump out 400 hp.

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Weekly Recap: Volvo’s $11-billion gamble originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aug
28

Volvo aligning model range into three families

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Volvo XC60 and XC90

Things have been slow in Gothenburg the past few years, but they’re picking up speed. The only new model Volvo has released in the past four years since it was taken over by Geely – that being the V40 introduced in 2012 – started its development when the company was still under Ford’s umbrella. But now the Swedish automaker is preparing to launch a volley of new models, and the new XC90 is only the starting point.

Volvo has set out to align its product portfolio into three model families – 40, 60 and 90 – each with three body-styles: sedan, wagon and crossover. (Volvo presented a tidy little table, which we’ve replicated below, to outline what it has in store.) That means a new S40 sedan and XC40 crossover as well as a replacement for the current V40 wagon, all to be based on a new platform shared with Geely. It also means replacements for the current S60, V60 and XC60 to be based on the modular SPA platform that underpins the new XC90, as well as a new S90 sedan to replace the S80 and a new V90 wagon to succeed the V70 and move it up-market above the V60.

All of these models are set to arrive within the next four years as Volvo moves to replace its entire lineup by 2019 and subsequently move to more competitive seven-to-eight-year product life-cycles. But as aggressively as Volvo is pursuing this renewal of its core models, they’re not the only things Gothenburg has in store. Keep reading below to learn how Volvo’s model line will flesh out over the coming years.

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Volvo aligning model range into three families originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aug
28

What you missed on 8.28.14

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Volkswagen e-UpElectric VW e-Up! tested

The Volkswagen Up! is one of our favorite pieces of pint-sized forbidden fruit. The cute little city car is already one of the best-selling microcars in Europe, and VW aims to broaden its appeal with a new electrified version, the e-Up! Jonathon Ramsey recently took the electric Up! for a quick spin in Germany. Read his full report, here.

Mazda MX-5 Miata muleMazda MX-5 Coupe in the works?

We’re just days away from the reveal of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, and already, the rumormill is swirling about what’s in store for the lovely two-seat sports car. New reports suggest that a long-awaited coupe model is indeed in the cards – of course, take that with a huge grain of salt. More details about future plans for the Mazda3 and Mazda6 are detailed here, as well.

VolvoVolvo model range details revealed

Tired of all the Volvo news this week? Good. Neither are we. Looking beyond the introduction of the 2015 XC90, or man Noah Joseph managed to get some more details about the future of the company’s model range, which happily includes sedans, wagons, and the well-liked Cross Country trims. See what else is in store in his deep dive, here.

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What you missed on 8.28.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aug
27

What you missed on 8.27.14

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Kia Forte Koup2014 Kia Forte Koup reviewed

It’s not a sports car, but the Kia Forte Koup offers 200 turbocharged horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, and retuned suspension geometry to make it a more engaging offering than its sedan counterpart. But does all that add up to a car that’s actually engaging for enthusiasts? Brandon Turkus puts one to the test in our latest review.

Ford F-150Tailgate up vs. down: which is more efficient?

We don’t normally think of pickup trucks as being the most aerodynamic vehicles on the road, but drag does play a key role in how the vehicles are designed. Some folks think it’s actually more efficient to drive with the tailgate down, but is that actually the case? Greg Migliore finds out with the help of the 2015 Ford F-150.

Volvo XC902015 Volvo XC90 deep dive

Yesterday, we brought you the full specs of the 2015 Volvo XC90. But our man Noah Joseph was on hand at the crossover’s live reveal in Sweden, and reports that there’s way more to this XC90 than you might think. This isn’t just a new crossover, this is a new direction for the brand, and there’s a whole lot to learn in our Deep Dive, here.

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What you missed on 8.27.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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