Volvo cars

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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

After the market launch of the new S60 luxury sedan , Volvo has decided to also offer a convertible version based on it. Called the C60, the future convertible will be built on the same midsize EUCD platform from Ford, making it bigger than the current C70 . It will be a cheaper alternative to models like the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz E350 . A final decision will be made next year on whether or not the C60 convertible will be produced even though Volvo refuses to comment on these rumors.

Like with the S60 sedan, the C60 convertible will also be available with a variety of diesel and gas burning power plants spanning the range from an economical 115 HP DRIVe version to a high performance T6 turbocharged mill producing a maximum output of 304 HP and 324.5 lb-ft of torque. The C60 will deliver the same sprint time as the sedan, around 6.5 seconds with a top speed limited to 155 mph.

Stay tuned, we’ll get back with more details as soon as we have them!

Source: Straightline

Geely, the new owners of Volvo , have big plans for the Swedish car brand. In fact, they have the kind of plans that could lead to an increased production volume that could invariably lead to a bigger global presence.

According to Reuters, Geely is ambitiously looking at reaching the 150,000 annual sales unit plateau in the coming years. Not surprising in the least bit considering that the Chinese automakers just invested millions in Volvo with the hope of revitalizing the Swedish car brand.

Known for its impeccable track record of being one of the safest cars on the planet, Volvo has a few models on the pipeline that are slated for releases in the coming months, including the XC60 SUV as well as the S60 sedan. Geely expects both cars to do better than expected and is already seeking to ramp up production volume by opening a new Volvo production facility in China. There’s no word yet on where this new facility is going to be built, but word has it that both Beijin and Ningbo have emerged as front-runners on where the new facility is going to set up shop.

After purchasing Volvo fromFord , you can pretty much expect that Geely will take full advantage of tapping into its home market of China, which is fast becoming one of the largest auto markets in the entire world. That advantage in itself will go a long way in reaching that 150,000 mark Geely has set for Volvo by 2015.

Source: Reuters

Heico Sportiv is offering a special edition Volvo V70 for those customers who want a customized station wagon. It will be limited to only 100 units and will go on sale this summer in only one exterior color: sapphire black. The new Volvo V70 T6 AWD R-Design will be priced at 70,193 euro.

The Volvo is offered with a 6-cylinder straight-type turbo gasoline engine tuned to deliver 325 HP and 460 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 5.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The car also gets a new sport suspension, shock absorbers, and springs. The wheelbase has been lowered by 30 mm and a sport exhaust system and special trunk emblem have also been added.

The interior gets an aluminum door pin set and perfectly machined aluminum/leather gear shift knob, as well as an edition plaque for the dashboard.

Heico Sportiv is also offering an Extensive R-Design package that includes: doorsills, bumpers, and a roof spoiler that matches the car’s color. The package also comes with an exterior mirror casing in matte chrome optic, chrome applications for the fog-lamp surround, and automatic level control.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo and safety have gone hand in hand for years, but the Swedish automaker has announced a big recall. It will cover three model lines, including the C30, the S40, and the V50. All three of these models being recalled are from the 2010 model year.

According to Volvo, the recall only included the C30, V50, and S40 models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Putting a manual in the V50 and S40 seems a bit odd and, as you would imagine, not many Volvo owners have one. We would imagine that there are more C30 manuals than the other two combined. The total number of cars recalled is around 536.

The gearshift level stub assembly may not have been properly tightened at the factory. This could cause the gearshift level cable or stud to come loose. If this happens while driving, it may not be possible to shift gears. As you could imagine, this would not be good. On the plus side, the problem shouldn’t cause any accidents.

Dealers will fix the affected vehicles by tightening the gearshift level stud assembly, hopefully free of charge. Owners will be notified by the end of the month. No accidents or injuries have occurred because of the problem.

Oh, the power of the internet. After Volvo released the S60 luxury sedan, they decided that they would also bring a convertible version of the model to the market. This vehicle has yet to be revealed and no one has been able to receive a peek at what the car will look like. Until now. Attending a dealer presentation in Sweden, a ballsy individual sneaked in a camera phone to snap a quick pic of the vehicle. This is the first image of the car. We have to say we love the power of the internet, obviously. Whenever you can get a shot of a car that has yet to be released to the public is always a good day.

This convertible is said to be unveiled sometime in 2012 and, although it will be a convertible version of the S60, it will not be called the S60. Volvo has been throwing around the C60 as a potential name for the car, but, for the sake of simplicity, we will continue to call it the convertible S60. The S60 convertible will be a successor for the C70 , and, like the car it replaces, it will feature a folding, hardtop roof with a front fascia identical to the standard S60. The rear lights will also receive some minor changes.

Under the hood there will be the same engine line-up as in the sedan, starting with a 115 HP DRIVe and ending with a T6 turbocharged producing a maximum output of 304 HP and 324.5 lb-ft of torque.

Although we have had the pleasure to take a look at the convertible model of the Volvo S60, we will still have to wait a little longer to receive full specs, prices, and other changes made to the vehicle. That is, of course, if the information isn’t leaked first.

Source: WCF

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. This is the next step in Volvo’s ongoing attempt for a production version of the Recharge Concept that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.

The Volvo C30 Electric is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is charged from a regular mains power socket. A completely depleted battery takes about eight hours to recharge. 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. If the car is recharged using electricity from renewable sources, travel is virtually free from carbon dioxide emissions. 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.

Press release after the jump.

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