Archive for May, 2009

Executive’ Model Tops Volvo S80 Range

Saturday, May 30th, 2009
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Glady Reign asked:


Volvo earlier announced that its new flagship ‘Executive’ model, so far the most luxuriously equipped product, has been added to the all-new Volvo S80 saloon range. The car is priced at £38,415 and the deliveries have started since last week of January.

The Volvo S80 ‘Executive’ model enters the auto scene with dynamic design language, improved ergonomics, powerful performance and world-class safety. The car is delivered with the aim of attracting the most demanding car aficionados. “The all new S80 is entering an immensely tough sector where the competition is razor-sharp and the customers have very high expectations. We are now challenging the best in the segment with a very special car. It radiates what we call ‘Scandinavian Luxury’, clean and elegant lines and intelligent functionality where every single detail has been designed with the user’s well-being in mind,” said Fredrik Arp, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

“We are convinced that the all new Volvo S80 will be a very strong contender in its class and win over many new customers considering the other popular premium brand rivals. We expect to sell 50,000 new S80s a year around the world, of which 70 per cent will be new Volvo customers,” said Frederik Arp, Volvo Cars CEO.

At the launch of the first generation Volvo S80, the automaker flaunted bold design that mirrors the automaker’s new design direction. However, the Swedish automaker did not entertain a halt. Its pool of designers cleverly entertained a sweeping auto styling innovation that evokes youthful and dynamic design language plus Volvo safety technology.

“The all new S80 is about evolutionary design,” said Steve Mattin, Volvo Cars design director. “All the shapes and materials it uses represent a continuous development of the Volvo design language. We have given the all new S80 a more youthful and dynamic stance, and created an even more inviting atmosphere by using refined materials and colors that blend smoothly with smart, user-friendly technology.”

The Volvo S80 ‘Executive’ offers distinctive Scandinavian design, a superb ride and handling, innovative technology and an excellent level of comfort. It is the latest proof that the automaker can evolve dramatically. Gone were the days of the aging Volvo 850 parts. It is high time to experience Volvo metamorphosis.

The Volvo S80 ‘Executive’ also features bespoke Executive badging, chrome accents, unique 18in alloy wheels, a refrigerator in the rear, walnut wood inlays, a Dynaudio Premium Sound, Personal Car Communicator with Keyless Drive, RTI and heated front and rear seats. The Executive’s extensive options specification include an integrated dual band or a Bluetooth telephone and Volvo’s latest generation Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) with DVD player located in the front centre armrest, and two seven inch screens in the rear of the front head restraints and two cordless headphones. The Volvo S80 Executive also offers 3 powerful engines - the D5, 3.2 (front wheel drive or All Wheel Drive) and V8 AWD, all with six-speed Geartronic transmission as standard.



Linda
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Volvo Prepares for India Invasion

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
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Glady Reign asked:


Volvo Cars, the Scandinavian luxury division of the Ford Motor Co., is lining up many product launches for India. After the S80 sedan and the XC90 sports utility vehicle, expected by the year-end, the automaker also is finalizing the lineup of its other luxury offerings.

“The logical thing would be to bring in another sedan. We haven’t decided on the model yet, but it could be S40 or S60. We are also considering bringing in hatchbacks - C30 and C70. Our new SUV, due in 2009, could be also brought-in here,” Paul de Vojis, the managing director of Volvo Car India, said. Market watchers say Volvo may not bring in the S40 since it shares the platform with the Ford Focus, which is also slated for an India launch.

For decades now, Volvo has etched a distinctive image connected with the terms safety and sensibility. According to critics, the previous product lines may look a little boxy but they were durable and dependable. But Volvo has moved on…

Gone is the ‘boxiness’ but the Swedish automaker has retained safety and durability attributes. These attributes can now be enjoyed in India. Enthusiasts there could have and hold the new S80 and the XC90.

The 2007 Volvo S80 sedan rolls into the driveway with a level of graceful appeal, rugged power and comfy luxury – something new from the practical Swedish automaker. The S80 holds its own against this strong competition. Critics say the car does not match them for performance or exhilaration, but the Volvo’s flowing form and emphasis on safety will draw buyers.

Sticker prices also increased to a new level. This is the automaker’s way of pushing the midsize sedan into direct competition with luxury-performance models like the Audi A6, BMW 5-series, Cadillac STS and the Mercedes-Benz E-class. MSRP for the new Volvo S80 is $38,705 for a front-wheel-drive model powered by Volvo’s 235-horsepower straight-six engine. An all-wheel-drive model powered by a 4.4-liter 311-horsepower V8 comes with a base price of $47,350.

The Volvo XC90 is based on the Volvo P2 platform which is shared with the Volvo S80 and other larger cars from the automaker. It is Volvo’s top-selling vehicle in the U.S. accounting for about 25 percent of the company’s sales. The crossover was launched simultaneously as the Infiniti FX and the Porsche Cayenne.

The XC90 features the 4.4 L Yamaha V8 engine produces 311 horsepower and 325 ft·lbf of torque. The XC90 V8 will be priced at just over US$45,000 and it is expected that more than 15,000 would be sold annually. Currently, the crossover is produced at Torslanda plant in Sweden.

The new models, wrapped with innovative in a sleek and attractive body, sport the durability of Volvo S70 parts and the restrained elegance that is Scandinavian.

In spite of Volvo Cars India operating as a division of Ford India, Vojis said that Ford would have no say in pricing, marketing, network selection or product introduction. “We will take Ford’s support in back-office operations like HR (human resources), homologation, IT, logistics, and accounting, but Volvo Cars would remain responsible for products, pricing, and marketing,” Vojis said.

Volvo Cars intends to import the cars as CBU (completely built units) and has no plans for any local assembly. In China, where it has lately set up an assembly unit, the company sold about 8,000 units in 2006. A similar volume demand will rationalize the need for a plant in India.

The Swedish automaker is entering market with three dealers in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. “It is our deliberate strategy not to start with 12 cities at the same time. Moreover, these three cities represent more than half the country’s potential,” Vojis noted.



Justin
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What is the name of the sprinter like van that ford/volvo has?

Friday, May 22nd, 2009
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amyth74 asked:


It isn’t available in the US yet. Is it going to be sold as a ford or volvo?

Jorge
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How many ohms are in a Volvo Penta B30 ignition resistor?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009
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Chelseama asked:


It goes Solenoid, resistor then distributor. I need a resistor for my motor and need the right resistor with the right ohms. Its a volvo penta B30 6 cylinder marine motor 170AQ. The resistor says made in Germany but I just need the ohms and would buy one in america if possible.

Cindy
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Is there a less expensive way to have a 2002 Volvo key copied?

Saturday, May 16th, 2009
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abax86 asked:


I just bought a 2002 Volvo S60 and it only came with one key. I would like to get another one made as soon as possible, but I am being quoted $140-$200 by the dealerships, who apparently are the only ones that can copy newer keys. Does anyone know of a better way to go about doing this?

Colleen
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How much should it cost to replace brake pads on a 2001 Volvo S40? I think they’re disc brakes?

Friday, May 15th, 2009
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Ryan M asked:


I think the 2001 Volvo S40 has disc brakes, and without really looking at it a mechanic guessed it would cost 500 bucks to replace the pads on all 4 wheels. Is this about right, or what? Also, is this a one hour job, or a leave the car for a day job?

Susan
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Can I drive a 10 yr old Volvo S70 into the deep hills of West Virginia during the dead of winter thru ice?

Monday, May 11th, 2009
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moonshine88 asked:


I wanna go see grandma this weekend with a friend. Wanna take my volvo, but the mountains are treacherous and its a long drive. Think I can make it? Or maybe rent an SUV in NYC. Hmmm.

Bruce
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I have a 1997 Volvo 850 T-5 and it needs new brake pads. What kind of brake pads do I need?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
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Jordan M asked:


I have a 1997 Volvo 850 T-5 and it needs new brake pads. And I’m looking online for the correct pads to replace the ones I have now, what kind of brake pads do I need?

Samantha
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