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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.

If watching police car chases has taught us anything, it’s that a lot of them end spectacularly, with some even taking a deadlier route towards justice.

This recent car chase in Sweden involving a fleeing suspect on-board an Audi gets a lot more than he bargained for when the Swedish police in their Volvo wagon takes to apprehending him to new heights ramming the Audi into the side of the road before flipping it over and trampling all over it with the suspect, as we suspect – no pun intended, trapped underneath the pile of metal.

Just goes to show you that Swedish cops don’t mess around in apprehending and capturing the crooks.

The Swedish automaker Volvo is set to unveil a complete battery electric Volvo C30 this January at the 2010 North American Auto Show in Detroit. The all new zero emissions vehicle will have a range of 150 km and is Volvo’s next step towards a production version of their Recharge concept car. The safety conscious car builder is currently preparing a test fleet consisting of at least 50 electric Volvo C30 s which will be used as real world test beds starting in 2011.

Volvo Electric C30

The electric C30 is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery pack that can be recharged via either a standard household outlet or a special high capacity roadside charging station. A fill up will take about eight hours, but will be reduced when connected with a high speed charging station. With the batteries topped off, the Electric C30 can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 11 seconds while the BEV ’s top speed is up around 81 MPH. The electrified C30 has a range of 94 miles and has no gears which means that the motor’s power is delivered seamlessly, and because of the electric motors gobs of torque are available instantaneously.

UPDATE 06/11/2010: Volvo announced today that the C30 Electric is ready for delivery and that the first deliveries will be made this autumn. This is a fleet of ten experimental cars that are equipped with advanced measuring instruments. The selected users of this test fleet will drive the vehicles for a two year period to provide Volvo with the details of their driving experience.

Press release after the jump.

Remember the time when Volvo invited artist Esref Armagan to its company headquarters in Sweden to paint the new 2011 S60 executive sedan ?

It took some time but finally, Armagan has finished his take on the new car. But while that whole thing would have been simple for any other artist, the catch is, Armagan painted the S60 despite being blind.

But of course that didn’t stop him from creating a remarkable depiction of the still-mysterious design. Even more amazing is that Volvo has decided to auction off Armagan’s painting with all the proceeds going straight to the World Blind Union.

According to Lukas Dohle, director of Live Communication and Social Media of Volvo, the whole experience of working with Armagan was nothing short of memorable. "It was an amazing experience to work together with Esref Armagan. He truly embraces life and we think that his approach matches exactly how we at Volvo embrace life. Through this auction and the donation to World Blind Union we will take this rewarding corporation even one step further.”

The auction is available on eBay and will start at 8 pm EST on December 7 until December 17.

We appreciate a good artwork when we see one and given his disability, Armagan’s work left out jaws on the floor, proving yet once more that despite the cards you’re dealt, nothing is impossible if you don’t let the negativity take you down.

Source: eBay

Volvo today announced prices for the 2011 C30 and C30 R-design . The C30 will go on sale at a price of $24,600, while the sporty C50 T5 R-Design starts at just $26,950.

For 2011 the C30 gets a soft nose, front fenders, grille, headlights and lower front spoiler, a larger Volvo iron mark and also larger air intake. For the R-Design version most of the modifications has been made under the skin: steering ratio is lower, spring stiffness has been increased by 30%, and there is also a new sport chassis . Both models come with a turbocharged 227 hp inline 5-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Press release after the jump.

Volvo today announced prices for the 2010 XC60 SUV . Prices will start at just $39,000 for the XC60 T6 model, from $42,400 for a standard XC60 and for the R-Design package customers will have to pay an extra $3,900.

The 2010 XC60 is powered by a 281-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine and comes with leather interior, 18-inch wheels, numerous airbags, Bluetooth, and all-wheel-drive system, a revised suspension, 20-inch five-spoke wheels, color matched body trim, sports seats, and a unique “metallic-themed” interior.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from three additional packages: climate package ($1000) which includes heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and rain sensing wipers; the multimedia package ($2700) with a premium audio system, navigation with real time traffic updates, and a rearview camera; and the technology package ($1700) that includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic braking, driver alert control, and lane departure warning.

For every outstanding rendering of a concept car that captures our imagination, there are also those cars that get our attention for all the wrong reasons. This one ranks high on our list.

Normally, Volvos hold a special place in our hearts, but when somebody decides to cover it with those electric singing fishes, it goes without saying that ‘shocked’ is far too mild of a reaction for us. This particular video is courtesy of Richard Carter, the supposed ‘braniac’ of this singing fish-covered Volvo 240. Calling it the ‘Sashimi Tabernacle Choir’ – ingenious name, by the way – Carter describes how annoying it would be to have hundreds of those singing fishes plastered on his car to his fellow motorists.

Carter even spared no expense in creating his own singing band of merry crustaceans, which, incidentally, comes with its own conductor, Larry the Lobster. Carter also has two soloists – one male and one female – who sometimes perform duets together complete with background accompaniment from the ‘fishchestra’.

Normally, we’d be cringing at the thought of a Volvo being subjected to this kind of abuse but hey, today is Thanksgiving. So to celebrate this occasion, we’re going to take a slightly more upbeat approach and instead give thanks to videos like this that never fails to draw a chuckle from us.

With the up-coming launch of the much-ballyhooed second installment of the Twilight saga, ‘New Moon,’ the stars of the film are quickly ramping up promotional and marketing efforts to get people to watch the movie. Now, you might think that when we say ‘stars’, we’d be talking about Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart, right?

Not exactly.

In this commercial by Volvo , the Swedish car company – and also the official car for the movie – releases a trailer of sorts to promote the new movie. The only thing different about this one from the other New Moon trailers is that Volvo is promoting the movies’ ‘other stars’, in particular, the Volvo C30 and XC60 .

Apparently, Volvo thinks that being associated with pale-skinned vampires would be reason enough for people to come watch the movie.

Source: YouTube

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