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Two years ago, we began hearing rumors about Volvo creating a soft-roader with the inner workings of the Volvo C30 and the styling of the Volvo XC60 . After being in the pipeline for so long, those rumors were finally confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show by Volvo’s President for Overseas Corporate Strategy, Lex Kerssemakers. He says, "There will be some further expansion of the XC range in the near future."

Generally speaking, society is becoming more environmentally and economically conscious. The trends that we have seen with cars such as the BMW BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 are that of a market wanting more for less. The photo shown here is a rendering of what the Volvo Volvo XC 30 might eventually look like. Starting off as a 3-door and possibly moving to a 5-door, this compact crossover shows us that the days of those big, heavy SUVs - along with their ridiculous gas mileage - just might be a thing of the past.

Follow the jump for more details.

Source: CarsGuide

Noted Volvo tuner Heico Sportiv found an unlikely partner in upgrading a Volvo C70 when it tied up with Thonet, a German-based contemporary furniture designer to create – of all things – special wooden gearshift knobs to be installed on the C70.

By themselves, the gearshift knobs, which are made from either oak, beech, or walnut, look nothing like the standard knobs we’ve come to expect from almost all vehicles, but we guess that’s what makes it all the more alluring.

In fact, according to Thonet, the design of the knobs was done to reflect Volvo’s noted floating center console.

Unlikely as it sounds to have a furniture design company become involved in car tuning, Thonet’s gear shift knobs actually look pretty good when you piece the whole puzzle together. It’s not too loud that it stands out like a sore thumb yet it’s not too bland that nobody will even notice something was different. It was a curious choice for Heico Sportiv to bring Thonet on board but, at the end of the day, it seemed like it was worth it.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Thonet
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Geely Needs $1.4 Billion in Working Capital to Substantiate the Purchase of Volvo

Money, Money, Money! Whoever said buying a brand would be easy obviously doesn’t know what they are talking about. Of course, I doubt anyone has ever said that, but that’s what it seems like. Ford and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. have been in talks over Volvo for about an eternity and the crap keeps getting deeper as the boots keep getting taller. Volvo union officials have said that Geely would need about $1.4 billion USD after the purchase price of $2 billion USD to substantiate the purchase of the brand.

The figure would be “an absolute minimum” for financing car development, marketing, production and distribution in the next year, and the money needed could be double that amount, Glenn Magnusson, head of the managers’ union at Gothenburg, Sweden-based Volvo, said in an interview.

Four unions said Feb. 5 that they would accept Geely as the new owner of Volvo as long as the Chinese manufacturer proves it can fund operations.

Keep reading after the jump.

Volvo promised us ’Naughty Volvos’ and they pretty much delivered on that vow, only they did that none of us expected.

As part of our assuming natures, we initially thought that the whole ’Naughty’ campaign involved a strikingly sportier S60 sedan breaking cover at the Geneva Motor Show. It turns out that the S60 didn’t even make an appearance at the auto salon and the whole ’Naughty’ campaign is actually a video series Volvo produced to showcase the S60`s renewed capabilities in a three-part, three-level slalom test that pits the S60 against some pretty stiff obstacles that gets ’naughtier’ as the levels increase and become a little harder than the last.

And to make it for interactive, Volvo is letting the people decide just how ’naughty’ Level 4 should be. All you need to do is go to Volvo’s Facebook page to share your two cents on what kind of obstacle the S60 should drive in.

Video of Levels 2 and 3 after the jump

Source: Volvo

All these years, Volvo has never been one to think outside the box when it comes to car design because let’s face it, their cars haven’t exactly been the eye-popping type.

But recently, the Swedish brand has been surprising a lot of auto scribes for being just that – thinking outside the box. And just so to prove that they don’t have a as boxy a personality as people think, they’re teasing us with a ‘naughty’ version of one of their cars - possibly a sportier S60 sedan - which they’re bringing to the Geneva Motor Show next week.

Rarely do we see automakers subscribe by the adage, ‘perception isn’t always reality’, but it looks as if Volvo may be jumping on the chance to prove to people that they’ve also taken their designs to the streamlined – or in their own words, ‘naughty’ – level.

Source: Volvo

Heico Sportiv will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a tuning program for the Volvo C70 convertible model. The exterior package includes a front spoiler made in lightweight polyurethane plastic (PUR), a rear diffuser, 20 inch forged wheel, a dual or quad pipe stainless steel exhaust system.

The package also includes an ECU upgrade for the 2.0D and D5 versions, but there are no details yet on how the output has been modified.

Press release after the jump.

Volvo has added today a new diesel version for the V70 and S80. The new DRIVe models have a fuel consumption of just 4.5 l/100 km and a CO2 emissions below 120 g/km.

The new models are equipped with a 1.6-liter diesel engine that deliver a total of 109 hp and maximum torque is 240 Nm mated to a manual gearbox.

Press release after the jump.

Volvo’s new 2011 S60 sedan is coming close to breaking cover at the Geneva Motor Show next month. But even if the event is still a month-and-something away, Volvo was kind enough to give us a glimpse of what the S60 is all about.

As the car Volvo is pinning its hopes on against the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4 , the S60 is an obvious departure from the boxy cars Volvo has become known for. That’s a great thing, especially in this day and age where cars are becoming more and more sleek and contoured.

In this action video, the S60 is seen showing off its capabilities both on the clear and open road and on the dessert. According to Volvo, this video is the first of three promo videos for the S60 that will released prior to its official unveiling in Geneva next month.

Volvo has also been tight-lipped on the S60’s technical side where they are seemingly holding-off on giving away any more information – apart from these promo videos – about the car until the covers are lifted next month.
In the meantime, check out this video of the S60 and wait for the two other promo videos that are scheduled to be released in the coming weeks.

Source: YouTube

Volvo has kept mum on a possible future electric car despite the fact that a sketch of the said vehicle was shown at a recent event hosted by EnerDel, a lithium-ion battery manufacturer that’s scheduled to supply Volvo with the electric vehicle platform for the Swedish brand’s new electric Volvo C30 .

According to a Volvo spokesperson, the sketch, which was admittedly made by one of their in-house designers, was made as an illustrated example of electric cars in general and not as a specific Volvo model.

The sketch, which features a futuristic-looking hatchback, came with a caption saying “a future Volvo electric car?” eventually leading to rampant speculation that Volvo may be looking into producing a compact electric car in the near future.

We don’t know if this is merely a smokescreen set up by Volvo to divert attention regarding their future plans but for now, we’ll take the company’s word for it. For now.

Source: Autocar UK

Volvo will unveil a revised version of the C70 Convertible at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The C70 is the first model from the Swedish automaker to feature design elements from the S60 Concept Car that was unveiled earlier this year.

Volvo C70

Making up the restyled Volvo C70 includes a set of redesigned front fenders, a much more wedge shaped nose, new crystal like headlamps and some new trim surrounding the foglamps and the lower grille. For 2011, the C70 Convertible is being offered with three gas burning and two diesel engines: first is the T5 turbocharged five cylinder making 230 HP, the 2.4i pumping out 170 HP, the 2.4 cranking out 140 HP. The diesel mills consist of the D5 making 180 HP and the 2.0D that produces 136 HP.

The new Volvo C70 has been engineered to be one of the safest convertibles on the market, with regards to both active and passive safety. The car has an advanced body structure and several solutions that are unique to the C70 in the world of open top cars. The lack of a fixed roof doesn’t compromise the convertible’s structural integrity and has been compensated for by structural reinforcements and other sophisticated technology.

Updated 01/22/10: The new Volvo C70, in USA offered as a 2011 model, will go on sale at a price of just $39,950. Volvo will also offer a a Convenience Package for $1,000, a Multimedia Package for $2,600, a Dynamic Trim Package for $1,000 and a Climate Package for $900. Hit the jump to get full pricing list.

Press release after the jump.

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