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Encouraged by the huge success the new S60 has produced, Volvo has decided to expand its line-up with two small models that will target BMW , more precisely the 1-Series and X1 .

The first model is a sedan that will be smaller than the current S40 , which will be going out of production in the next two years due to the similarity in sizes between the S40 and the redesigned S60. A smaller crossover is also said to be in the works because Volvo thinks "there will be more X1 counterparts in the luxury segment, " said Doug Speck, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. The future crossover will also help fill in the gaps as Volvo continues the extinction of station wagons in the U.S.

As for the larger models, the S80 sedan and the XC90 crossover will get their own platforms when the vehicles are redesigned in the next two years. "We need to do something about each of those new products," Speck said. "The large S80 sedan segment is very big in China, and that range of sedan is even more critical for all the luxury brands than it has been five years ago."

Apparently no one wants to share the spotlight during the Paris Auto Show because many automakers have decided to spill the beans about the vehicles they will be debuting just a week before the actual event. Volvo is no different as they have just revealed details on an R-Design package for both their S60 and V60 models. Both models will go on sale in the autumn of 2010, with the US market only getting the S60 R-Design.

The R-Design models will be distinguished by a redesigned front with a grille painted in glossy piano black, color-matched body components, details in matte special finish, and a hexagonal pattern that is repeated both front and rear. The sedan will also get twin exhaust tailpipes and unique five-spoke 18-inch Diamond cut wheels. Both models will be painted in Passion Red. The interior will get sports seats, special leather/textile upholstery, special steering wheel, gear selector, sports pedals, and floor-mats.

As for the technical details, the R-Design models will get a strut brace under the bonnet, monotube dampers, the shortened (by 15mm) front and rear springs, and a new Corner Traction Control system.

Under the hood Volvo will place a range of petrol and diesel engines, starting with an economical DRIVe version producing 115 HP and going up to a high-performance turbo version with 304 HP.

Press release after the jump.

After Heico Sportiv unveiled the official details on their new tuning kit for the S60 sedan , Volvo has followed right behind with their own special edition that they have developed in collaboration with that same tuner. Together they have produced the S60 T6 Design that will be built in a limited 100 units and priced at €63,968 (around $81,000 at the current exchange rates).

This special edition will come painted in Black Sapphire metallic, and distinguished by 19-inch Diamond cut alloys with Pirelli tyres, a two-part front spoiler, and a rear diffuser bumper made of superlight plastic and carbon fiber. The interior will get an aluminum trimmed gear knob and pedals along with a limited edition plate which identifies the specific production number of the car.

Under the hood the engine has been tuned to deliver 330 Hp and 460 NM of torque. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is now made in 5.8 seconds, while top speed is still electronically limited to 155 mph.

Frankly, the two kits are similar so the customer’s best bet would be to just compare prices and go with the cheapest. Hey, it pays to be frugal.

Press release after the jump.

At the end of July, Heico Sportiv announced plans to create a tuning kit for the new Volvo S60 . Those plans have come to fruition as the tuner has revealed the official details on this package. The tuner has updated both the car’s aerodynamics and output with the package becoming available September 5, 2010.

The exterior package includes a new front spoiler mounted on the original bumper, a PUR-R-RIM rear skirt in diffuser, and left and right oval end-pipes of the quad outlet exhaust system. The package is finished with 18-20" sport wheels.

In order to upgrade the engine’s output, the tuner is offering ECU upgrades for both D3/D5 diesel engines. For the 2.0 T engine, the tuner managed to squeeze an extra 47 HP, while the T6 has been upgraded to an impressive 330 HP. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo wants to hit the big time and new owner Geely isn’t wasting any time letting people know it. Earlier this week, the Chinese automaker completed its purchase of Volvo Volvo from Ford and already the brand is making headlines. The new chairman, Li Shufu, has announced that he wants Volvo to produce a car that will compete with the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class . He mentioned that Volvo already has cars to compete with most of the other segments, but they lack a true luxury sedan.

According to the Financial Times, Volvo was unable to develop such a car under Ford’s mighty grasp. The company was worried about a massive Volvo stealing sales from Jaguar , which was also owned by Ford at the time. Now, Geely has the reigns and it seems like they are steering Volvo in the bigger car direction. Unfortunately, it’s just a rumor for now because there has been no official word claiming the production of a bigger luxury sedan from Volvo.

Li will have to convince the new board that this is a smart move for the company, but it sounds like it should go through.

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Business deals can be so long and tedious sometimes. Just ask Ford and Geely. After what seemed like an eternity of paperwork and projections , the deal between Ford and Geely for Volvo is finally complete. Originally, the purchase price for Volvo Volvo was $2B, but it seems that the sale was completed at $1.8B. Back in March, Geely paid Ford with a note of $200M and some cash. Today, Geely paid off the remaining $1.3B to gain ownership of the Swedish builder, but the final purchase price including closing adjustments will not be revealed until later this year.

As part of the agreement, Ford will continue to supply Volvo with powertrains, stampings, and other vehicle components for differing periods. They have also reached an agreement in terms of intellectual property; both brands will deliver their business plans and establish the proper use of each other’s intellectual property.

As with all business transactions, management positions will be moved around to fill the necessary spots in Volvo. Stefan Jacoby, formerly from Volkswagen Volkswagen , will be Volvo Cars’ President and Chief Executive taking the place of Stephen Odell who will be moving over to another leadership position within Ford. Volvo will receive a new CFO by the name of Hans-Oskarsson, who is currently deputy Chief Financial Officer. Stuart Rowley will also be given a leadership position within Ford Europe.

Volvo will keep their headquarters and manufacturing centers in Sweden and Belgium.

Congratulations guys. We hope this long and tedious transaction works out for both sides.

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You’ve finally got that big time job and you want something that isn’t too cheap, but you don’t want to spend $80,000 quite yet. There is much to choose from in the middle luxury segment and each car has it’s own unique characteristics that make it better, or worse than the competition.

Just like the entry-level luxury segment, the Germans have always had the middle levels to themselves. The Japanese and the American automakers have never been able to catch up. Yet, 2010 is a new year and things might be changing in the automotive marketplace.

Let’s take a look back at our previous winners before we begin with this list. We rated the Mini Cooper as the best small car and the Hyundai Sonata as the best midsize sedan . Finally, we rated the Audi A4 as the best entry-level luxury car on the market.

Hit the jump to see who we chose as the top mid-level luxury car.

Heico Sportiv has unveiled the first images and official details on its program for the Volvo S60 luxury sedan. The tuner has updated both the car’s aerodynamics and output with the package becoming available September 5, 2010.

The exterior package includes a new front spoiler mounted on the original bumper, a PUR-R-RIM rear skirt in diffuser, and left and right oval end-pipes of the quad outlet exhaust system. The package is finished with 18-20" sport wheels.

The most powerful engine in the Volvo S60 line-up, the T6, delivers a total of 304 HP, so taking it to 330 HP is quite impressive. For the 2.0 T engine, the tuner managed to squeeze an extra 47 HP, while the T6 has been upgraded to an impressive 330 HP. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

UPDATE 08/25/2010: This article has been updated with the official details on the Heico Sportiv Volvo S60 luxury sedan.

Press release after the jump.

After the S60 , Volvo has decided to unveil its station wagon version, the V60. The new V60 is built at the Volvo Cars production plant in Torslanda, Sweden and will go on sale this fall.

The new S60 will be available with a choice of two chassis. On the European market the newly developed dynamic chassis is standard, while some other markets will have the touring chassis as standard with the dynamic variant available as an option. Also, all variants of the V60 can be specified with the optional FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) active chassis.

The new Volvo V60 will be available with a choice of three petrol and diesel engines: a new four-cylinder 2.0T GTDi with 203 HP and 300 NM of torque; two new 1.6-liter GTDi engines, one with 150 HP and one with 180 HP; two five-cylinder turbodiesels consisting of a D5 with 205 HP and 420 Nm of torque and a D3 with 163 HP and 400 Nm of torque and also a new DRIVe diesel that delivers 115 HP and 270 Nm of torque. All engines can be coupled to either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Press release after the jump.

Land speed records are usually set by exotic sports cars that have no problem setting 200 mph without breaking a sweat. The last thing - or at least vehicle - people will associate with speed records are trucks. Big-bodied, mammoth trucks that are less about speed than they are about power.

Try telling that to Boije Overbrink, who was determined to make sure that he went down as driving the fastest semi-truck in all the world. Easier said than done, right? Apparently, not for Mr. Overbrink. Using a specially-built Volvo semi and bringing it to Hultsfred Airport in Sweden, the 59-year old, who also happened to be celebrating his birthday on that very same day, clocked in an average speed of 81.32 mph for 500 meters and 103.58 mph for an entire kilometer.

Taking into account the slow acceleration of trucks that size, speed runs for this category are only measured on the average time it clocks over an entire course. Taking all that into consideration, the truck clocked in a speed of over 155 mph over an entire course.

Relative to the speed set by high-powered sports cars, 155 mph may not be all that impressive, but when you’re talking about a semi-truck with all that sheet metal, 155 mph is by far both impressive and scary at the same time.

Source: Moto Bullet

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