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2010 Volvo S60

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If the car was going to look like this, why did Volvo tease us with only the dash design back in October? Volvo released today the first details on the S60 Concept that will debut at the Detroit Auto Show. This is definitely a good look for Volvo, and should be a good preview for the 2010 S60 model.Taking some obvious design cues from the XC60, this sedan has a streamline looks that is distinctly Volvo, but also suggests some fun as well.

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Another part that should make it into production is the engine. The S60 Concept is powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-liter unit using high-efficiency GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) technology and producing 180 horsepower. Volvo says GTDi technology combined with turbocharging makes it possible to reduce engine displacement with maintained performance, but with about 20 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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2018 Volvo S60 & V60 Polestar Champion Edition

2018 Volvo S60 & V60 Polestar Champion Edition

Go faster, Swedish style

Volvo took a title win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship this year thanks to the efforts of Cyan Racing and its S60 Polestar TC1 racer. Leading the charge was driver Thed Bjork, who also managed to grab the Driver’s Championship, making him the first Swede to “win a motor racing world title” according to Volvo. In recognition of that, the brand is releasing upgraded iterations of the S60 sedan and V60 wagon dubbed the Polestar Performance World Champion Edition.

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2018 Volvo S60 and V60 Get Carbon Fiber Enhancements From Polestar

2018 Volvo S60 and V60 Get Carbon Fiber Enhancements From Polestar

It still carries the old design, but the new aero bits should make up for it

Of the models in Volvo’s automotive lineup, the S60 and V60 are the two that have yet to adopt the Swedish automaker’s design language. Don’t worry though because that’s coming in the next few years. In the meantime, the two models are getting a nice treat for the 2018MY, all thanks to some new aerodynamic accessories provided by Polestar.

The kit itself covers plenty of real estate on both the S60 and V60 and was designed to help enhance the sedan and wagon’s performance and handling credentials. It covers upgrades on both the exterior and interior of the two models, with the exterior of each model promised to receive improvements in downforce by as much as 30 percent. There are no power upgrades, though, so don’t expect anything on that front. Still, there’s plenty of new bits and pieces to get excited about, especially for those who are looking into either the S60 or the V60 as their new automotive purchase. Best hurry though in making up your mind because Volvo is limiting production of the Polestar aerodynamic package to just 1,500 units. Should you decide to hold off until the next-generation models for both the S60 and V60 arrive, you’re going to have to wait at least another year for both cars to adopt Volvo’s current design looks. Either way, it’s not a bad idea to go in either direction.

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What's The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

What’s The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

Mixing business and pleasure at a reasonable price

The sport sedan – talk about a hotly contested segment. Almost every major automaker out there has one, but as you might expect, not all are created equal. And that’s where we come in, armed with a boatload of facts and figures to help rank the various entries from best to worst. Of course, more attentive TopSpeed readers out there are sure to point out that this is a topic we’ve covered before, most recently in a comparison piece looking at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But unlike that last article, which focused on luxury cars with a sporty flavor, this piece will instead focus on cars that place a greater emphasis on performance, with luxury as a secondary priority. As such, we’re picking apart the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac ATS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volvo S60. Sure, there’s overlap, but in this crowd, the effort is made more for grins behind the wheel than backside coddling.

That isn’t to say these cars aren’t comfortable – indeed, each offers a fair amount of upscale treatment, some more so than others. That said, we weighed performance much more heavily this time around, giving otherwise more spartan models a shot at the top of the list. So how do we place these five four-doors? Read on to find out.

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2016 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

2016 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

Five debuts better left on the truck

Meeting the high standards of a major international auto show is not easy. It takes creativity, an appropriately sized budget, and no small measure of polish. When it all comes together, the result is a beautiful thing to behold. A single model can shed light on an entire brand, sparking passion and lust in every corner of the automotive universe. We’ll cover those drool-makers in an upcoming Best In Show piece, but this article hits the other side of the spectrum – the monotonous, the poorly conceived, and the yawn-worthy.

This time around, our list of Worst In Show has a theme – special editions that aren’t that special. The 2016 New York International Auto Show was chock full of ‘em this year, so we collected some of the worst offenders for a little collective disdain.

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2017 Volvo S60 Edition

2017 Volvo S60 Edition

Special Edition variant of the S60 sedan debutes for 2017

The Volvo S60 was designed as a replacement for the Volvo S70 and has seen just one generational change since its debut 16 years ago. That second generation came in 2010, with the new S60 taking styling advice from the Volvo ECC Concept and the Volvo S80. The look was fresh back then, but today it’s starting to look a little aged, and it’s about time Volvo steps up its game and ushers in a new Generation. So far, we haven’t heard anything about that, but for 2016 Volvo is releasing a special edition of its premium, midsize sedan.

Björn Annwall, the Senior Vice President of marketing, sales, and customer service for Volvo, said, “The S60 and V60 are drivers’ cars. Our focus with the Model Year 2017 Edition is to take this winning concept even further with a combination of fresh design features.”

So, what he’s basically saying is that instead of designing a new generational model for the six-year-old model, Volvo decided to offer up a special edition that features some options as standard equipment. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing, but after six years a fresher look would be nice. Some minor changes take place inside in out. Some new wheels and new body colors are available for the exterior and a few things to talk about on the inside.

So, with that said, let’s take a look at what we know about the Volvo S60 Edition and what will make it stand out in the lineup. For those of you interested in Volvo wagons, the five-door V60 Estate has also received the same treatment – you can read about that model here.

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2016 Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 Race Car

2016 Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 Race Car

It’s been 30 years since Volvo won the European Touring Car Championship with the 240 Turbo but the Swedish brand is celebrating by preparing a race car for the 2016 World Touring Car Championship. Based on the S60 sedan, the four-door was developed by Polestar, the company’s performance division, and will be campaigned in the WTCC by Cyan Racing.

Polestar’s official motorsport partner since 1996, Cyan Racing has six Swedish/Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) driver titles and seven team titles under its belt and will now take part in Polestar’s first multi-year program in a world championship.

Volvo’s previous factory effort in the WTCC dates back to 2011, when Polestar Racing completed a full season with a track-prepped version of the C30 hatch. The Swedes weren’t successful though, finishing last in the manufacturers’ championship, failing to score wins or podiums. Previously, Polestar raced an S60 in the Swedish event of the 2007 season, while Olsbergs Green Racing fielded C30s at Brands Hatch in 2008 and 2009.

”We have chosen the FIA WTCC as our global motorsport platform as it combines the cutting edge technology of our Volvo cars with exciting racing all over the world. The championship enables us to further develop our technology and utilize development from the racing circuits directly to our products for performance oriented Volvo customers,” said Niels Möller, COO of Polestar.

In 2016, Polestar will face competition from Citroen, Honda, Lada, and Chevrolet.

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Volvo Starts Building Its First American Factory

Volvo Starts Building Its First American Factory

In May of this year, we brought you news that Swedish automaker Volvo had announced plans to build its first U.S. assembly plant. A recent press release officially announced that Volvo kept its word and has begun construction of its new facility in Berkeley County, South Carolina. A time schedule for completion has yet to be announced, but the Swedes still intend to roll their first U.S.-made vehicle off the assembly line by the final quarter of 2018.

The plant will first begin production of the redesigned, Volvo S60 sedan that Volvo has been busy developing in its home country. There will be a second model built at the plant as well, but Volvo has yet to release details on which model it has in mind. Initial staffing of the plant is expected to reach up to 2,000 employees, with a long-term goal of increasing to upward of 4,000. The American-built S60 will be exported globally to markets all over the world.

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Volvo Will Bring 265 Polestar Vehicles To The U.S. In 2016; Plus Two New Colors

Volvo Will Bring 265 Polestar Vehicles To The U.S. In 2016; Plus Two New Colors

For car enthusiasts who are also Volvo fans the watchword for the past few years has been, “Get the blue one.” The blue in question is the eye-searing Rebel Blue, the signature color of Volvos that have been massaged by Polestar. These limited-production Volvos sport extensive engine, suspension and body tweaks that turn them into factory-built tuner cars. It’s a successful formula, and though uncommon, the 2016 Volvo S60 Polestar is able to roll with the sporty Germans without embarrassment.

The Polestar cars will be back for 2016, available as options on the S60 and V60. That’s good news; it means the excellent new S60 and V60 are teamed with a turbocharged 345-horsepower six-cylinder engine that sports an active exhaust and upgraded engine management system. Transmission response is faster, and all-wheel drive is standard. Polestar also adds custom Öhlins shocks and six-piston Brembo brakes.

Visually, the Polestar S60 and V60 are distinguished by a restyled front fascia and huge wheels. Inside, sport seats and steering wheel ensure a comfortable drive. There are now four colors available, with Ice White and Bright Silver joining Black Sapphire and Rebel Blue on the palette. (The Rebel Blue still looks best, though.)

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Volvo Will Build XC60 And S60 In Its US Plant

Volvo Will Build XC60 And S60 In Its US Plant

Volvo’s recently announced plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina near Charleston will build the brand’s most popular cars in the U.S. The news comes from CEO of Volvo Cars of North America Lex Kerssemakers, who recently spoke with Automotive News about plans for the new plant, saying, “we will select a model that will be in the highest demand in the United States."

Volvo’s best sellers in the U.S. right now are the S60 sedan and XC60 crossover, but Kerssemakers went on to say that the upcoming XC90 SUV would not be built at the new plant.

Following the leads of Mercedes-Benz in Alabama and BMW in South Carolina, Volvo’s new southeastern plant represents a $500 million investment. Construction will begin in fall of 2015, and it should be online by 2018. The new plant will initially create 2,000 new jobs for the area, with that number increasing to 4,000 as production ramps up.

Volvo says the new factory will have a capacity of about 100,000 cars per year, and will be one of three in the world tooled to build cars based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture. The company sold 56,366 units in the U.S. last year, but with 14 new vehicles coming over the next five years, Volvo is projecting a sharp increase in demand.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country

Having expanded the V60 range to include a Cross Country model in 2014, Volvo has now launched a similar package for the S60. Yes, that’s not a spelling error, the compact sedan now has a crossover version of its own, with all of the bits and pieces that made the V60 Cross Country one of the greatest wagon-based crossover, minus the massive storage area in the rear. Introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and scheduled to go on sale later in the year, the S60 Cross Country gives Volvo bragging rights as the only manufacturer to sell a crossover-like sedan. Sure, the S60 isn’t the first of its kind, but both the Legacy-based Subaru Outback Sedan and the AMC Eagle are long gone.

More importantly, Volvo’s perched sedan is the first such configuration to come in a luxury package and I can’t help wonder whether the S60 Cross Country will influence other compact sedans to don on a crossover suit in the near future. Meanwhile, Volvo’s "unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness" rides on its own globally as far as body styling goes. Read on for the full run-down.

Updated 05/21/2015: Volvo announced prices for the 2016 S60 Cross Country, which will go on sale later in the summer. The model will be priced from $43,500.

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2016 Volvo S60 Inscription

2016 Volvo S60 Inscription

Although Volvo is often referred to as the automaker producing the safest vehicles in the industry, the Swedish manufacturer is also known for the massive amount of luxury and technology it puts into its cars and SUVs. Sure, Volvo still lags behind German companies like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in terms of sales, but the Chinese-owned brand’s lineup is as lush as it gets, with the brand-new 2016 XC90 paving a new path in terms of exuberance. While it may take a couple of years for the entire Volvo lineup to align to the trend set by the SUV, the Swedes are trying to keep up with the Germans by bringing more Inscription models into dealerships. At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Volvo unveiled the S60 Inscription, basically the range-topping version of its compact sedan.

Introduced in early 2014, the Inscription trim is essentially a package that adds several unique features inside and out, including soft leather upholstery, bespoke paints, new wheels, and custom interior amenities with embroidered logos. The S60 is the latest to receive the Inscription trim, which will arguably enable the sedan to fare better against similar competitors from Germany and the United States as well.

Updated 05/21/2015: Volvo announced prices for its entire 2016 model year lineup, including its new addition: the S60 Inscription. The model will be offered in two versions, with prices starting from $38,700.

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Volvo S60 - Driven

Volvo S60 - Driven

I’ve actually owned about 11 Volvos over the years, so I may be a little bit biased when it comes to the new S60. It’s not the bias you’d expect, however. As the proud owner of a veritable fleet of “brick-“era Volvo 240s and 740s, the marque’s gradual shift from plain and simple to svelte and luxurious has had a tendency to leave me behind, ideologically. The pragmatic old 240 is a much, much different animal from the new S60, which has high rollers like Audi and Infiniti in its sights.

If you’re expecting criticism of that direction from this Volvo diehard, you’re not going to get it. Change is good, and Volvo’s evolution has resulted in a handsome and unique addition to a rather crowded segment of the premium-car market. I spent a week with the 2015 Volvo S60 T6 and, traditionalist or not, we got along just fine.

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Volvo Chooses South Carolina For Its First American Plant

Volvo Chooses South Carolina For Its First American Plant

Volvo just recently announced its intentions to build its first-ever U.S. production facility, and the Swedish automaker has just announced that the plant will be in South Carolina. The plant will be in Berkeley County, just north of Charleston, and while no exact location was revealed, the facility will most likely be located along the western edge of the county, close to Interstate 26.

Construction will begin this fall, with cars rolling off the assembly line by 2018, but Volvo has not said which product (or products) it plans to build in South Carolina. The best bet would be the popular S60 or one of the two crossovers that Volvo offers. When the plant goes online, Volvo says that it will initially have the capacity to build about 100,000 units each year, including those for export.

There is no word as to how many people the plant will initially employ, but Volvo has a “longer term” plan to employ 4,000 people. Add in the additional five to seven jobs that Volvo says will be created outside the plant by outside companies and suppliers, and South Carolina’s employment rate will probably see a pleasant spike over the next several years.

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2015 Detroit Auto Show: Worst in Show

2015 Detroit Auto Show: Worst in Show

The 2015 automotive year is off to a great start thanks to the Detroit Auto Show. Hosting no less than 27 production debuts, Detroit showcased some of the most exciting vehicles to hit the market from 2015 through 2017. Ford stole the show with three brand-new performance cars, including the 2017 GT, the 2016 Shelby GT350R, and the 2017 F-150 Raptor, while Acura drew massive crowds to its stand with the 2016 NSX. The truck segment welcomed three more additions in the form of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD, the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, while Chevrolet brought an electric lineup consisting of the second-generation 2016 Volt and the 2015 Bolt EV Concept. However, the 2015 Detroit Auto Show wasn’t all about cheers and chants. The Cobo Center floor had its fair share of dullness, and that’s exactly what I’m going to talk about below.

Why? Well, first of all, let’s say that it wouldn’t be fair to highlight only the good stuff. Secondly, the vehicles I’m about to review below reveal new brand strategies as well as existing policies that may or may not be healthy for the manufacturers in question. Keep reading for the worst bits of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and make sure you share your thoughts about our list in the comments box below.

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2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E - Driven

2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E - Driven

Being auto enthusiasts, we tend to forget that certain markets like the FWD luxury sedan segment even exist. With machines like the Acura TLX, Lexus ES, Toyota Avalon, Cadillac XTS and even the Audi A6 all sold with front-wheel drive, it is actually a large market. With that in mind, the new 2015.5 (yes, the .5 is important) Volvo S60 is an important car for the Swedish brand. I have spent extensive time in the Audi, Lexus and Toyota models, and all three are great in their own right. Does the Volvo have what it takes to win over buyers in this crowded segment?

The Volvo has a new Drive-E engine that promises incredible power and fuel efficiency, stunning Swedish design, and some of the most advanced safety tech available on any car. I really like the XC60 I had a few weeks ago that came with the same engine and safety systems, but how does this translate into a sedan? You will have to read on to find out.

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Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 037 LIVE

Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 037 LIVE

Hard to believe it is already Thursday again. My how time flies when you are having fun. I hope you enjoyed the experience that was Episode 037 of the TopSpeed Podcast and the experience of the madness that is this year’s LA Auto Show.

We start out with Weekly Wheels; Mark is in the Chrysler 200 S, and I spent a week with the Volvo S60, and once again Justin is sitting this segment out.

From there we jump straight into news as there is a lot to cover thanks to L.A. Ford finally unveiled the new GT350, Cadillac made the ATS-V official, there are a bunch of new Jaguar F-Types for sale, Volkswagen proved the existence of a Golf R Wagon, and Toyota went nuts with a hydrogen powered car. There is also the new Mazda CX-3, the Audi Prologue concept and the “concept” Bentley Grand Convertible. We also have spy shots of a basically undisguised Porsche Cayman GT4 as well.

Thanks to you guys, we have a nice collection of questions to answer about the LA show, about podcast guests and about Ken Block and his special brand of hoonage. We also have a new Own, Drive, Burn that features some Italian supercars and one American sports machine.

This week’s show was a blast, and we did really good about sticking to our 1-hour target on time. If there is a car from L.A. that we didn’t cover, and you want to hear our thoughts, make sure to drop it in those comments with your other questions. We will be sure to answer it on next week’s show. Now have a great weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.

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2014 Volvo S60 V8 Supercar

2014 Volvo S60 V8 Supercar


Proving it’s more than just safe station wagons, Swedish car company Volvo is entering one of Australia’s toughest races, the V8 Supercar Series with its highly modified S60 sedan.

As Volvo teased earlier this week, the S60 is powered by a monstrous 5.0-liter V-8 kicking out 650 naturally aspirated horses and 487 pound-feet of tire-shredding torque. The result is a zero to 62 mph time of only 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 185 mph. The engine was developed by the famous Volvo tuner Polestar from Volvo’s existing 4.4-liter V-8 found in the S80 and XC90. Polestar modified the aluminum block and bolted on new aluminum heads to help achieve a 10:1 compression ratio while eight individual throttle bodies carry E85 fuel to the cylinders.

Today the Volvo race team showed off their S60 racer for the first time by driving it across Australia’s most famous bridge and holding a press conference in its shadow. On Saturday, the team to hit the track at the Sydney Motorsport Park in a shakedown day before competing in the Clipsal 500 on March 1st though 2nd.

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2014 Volvo S60

2014 Volvo S60

It was expected that once Volvo dropped the new-generation V40 onto the market, all the other models in the lineup would follow suit. The first model sent back to the design board was the S60, but only for a minor facelift. The model made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, next to a few other updated Volvo models.

The current S60 was unveiled in 2010, and this is the first update offered for it, even though Volvo opted to only update the exterior and the interior look.

The 2014 S60 receives a new front fascia with more focused and determined-looking headlamps, a wider grille, daylight running lights and new taillights with LED light. For the interior Volvo adds in new upholstery colors, new wood inlays, a new headliner, and the silk metal frames around the air vents and light controls.

Updated 08/02/2013: Volvo revealed its entire 2014 lineup, including the S60 luxury sedan. See all of the details after the jump.

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2014 Volvo S60 Polestar

2014 Volvo S60 Polestar

After first unveiling the concept version at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Volvo S60 Polestar has finally made it to production. However, before you get too excited, you have to know that the new S60 Polestar will initially only be offered in the Australian market. Depending on the Australian reaction to the new model, Volvo will decide if other market will also get it or not.

When it comes to the exterior look, the production version remains pretty faithful to the concept, but unfortunately the concept’s amazing output didn’t make it to production. So, if you were hopping to see the same turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 508 horsepower we have to tell you that you are going to be a little bit disappointed.

Even more bad news comes with the announcement that the S60 Polestar will be limited to only 100 units, so not even the Aussie market will get much of an opportunity to really enjoy it.

Updated 03/31/2014: Volvo unveiled a new video showing the new S60 Polestar in action in Arctic conditions. Behind the wheel you will see Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren. Enjoy!

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2014 Volvo S60 R-Design

2014 Volvo S60 R-Design

Swedish automaker, Volvo, has introduced a new lineup of R-Design-badged models at the New York Auto Show.

One of them, the S60 R-Design, is a pleasant surprise.

Volvos don’t usually have the kind of presence that its European counterparts command in an auto show as big as New York. But it’s doing its part to ensure that people still remember that they have something to offer that can impress a lot of people.

The S60 R-Design carries its share of improved dynamics over the standard S60 model. Some you’ll notice right off the bat, others you’ll notice only after you take it out for a spin.

In any case, the entire program is certainly worth looking into, at least if you’re in the market for an affordable luxury car with some added components that can drive up its appeal.

In the end, the S60 R-Design is a step up from the standard S60, and at this point, that’s as good as anything when it comes to Volvo.

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews Volvo Polestar S60 Concept

Video: Jay Leno Reviews Volvo Polestar S60 Concept

Volvo unveiled the S60 Polestar Concept at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and it caught everyone’s attention, thanks to its impressive 508-horsepower output and its announced top speed of more than 186 mph. So it’s no surprise that Jay Leno decided to review the concept.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, he had invited Hans Baathm, Managing Director at PoleStar Performance, who explains the idea and the technology behind the S60 Polestar Concept.

The S60 Polestar is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine that is tuned to deliver an un-Volvo-like 508 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. With the extra 208 horsepower, the S60 Polestar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Watch the video to see if Jay Leno will take the S60 Polestar over the BMW M3.

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2011 Volvo S60 R-Design

2011 Volvo S60 R-Design

While it’s probably a title that Volvo doesn’t want to get rid of, the car brand known for being one of the safest in the world is taking a step in a new direction with a pretty good aesthetic and performance upgrade for the S60.

Under its performance line, R-Design, the Swedish automaker gave their resident sedan a welcome change on both its looks and engine output. Together with the XC60 R-Design, the S60 R-Design made its debut at the New York Auto Show and is set to go on sale later this summer.

"The jump in performance will re-define these two R-Design models," said Doug Speck, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America.

"Along with styling and suspension features that set them apart from other versions, our two newest R-Design models will have a higher ’fun-to-drive’ quotient. I see that as a positive thing, and so will car buyers."

You don’t need to convince us that the S60 R-Design just became a more interesting flagship sedan. How that translates to sales will be another matter, but the early returns are looking very promising.

Details on the Volvo S60 R-Design after the jump.

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2012 Volvo S60 T5

2012 Volvo S60 T5

Volvo is offering its American customers a cheaper entry level model for the S60 line-up. It’s called the T5 and is priced at only $30,795, which is $450 less than the previous base model and $7,000 more affordable compared to the initial top version.

This new version will be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 250HP and 266 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six speed automatic transmission. It comes equipped with memory, power folding rear head restraints, front and rear sport seats, a leather steering wheel with metal inlays, dual-zone air conditioning, an infotainment and 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, T-Tec textile upholstery, and 17-inch alloys.

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The Finalists For The European Car of the Year

In the glorious country that is the United States of America, we have an interesting and ineffective way of naming our favorite vehicles. It seems every magazine - and sometimes states - gets to name their favorite car of the year. While this can be great for the automaker’s advertising, it can confuse the public just a tad. What car is better here, the winner of Magazine A or Magazine B?

In Europe, things go a bit smoother. Seven different publications from seven different countries pick what they think is the best car of the year. It takes a few months, but in the end you get one winner, which was the Opel Insignia last year.

The finalists for this year came down to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Citroën C3/DS3, Renault/Dacia Duster, Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max, Nissan Leaf, Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, and Volvo S60/V60.

If those are the choices, we choose the Alfa. The Volvo puts up a strong case, but nothing compares to that Italian soul and passion. Despite our pick, we doubt the jurors will feel the same.

So which vehicle do you think deserves to be Car of the Year? Hit us up in the comments section below.

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2011 Volvo S60 and V60 R-Design

2011 Volvo S60 and V60 R-Design

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.

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2011 Volvo S60 T6 Design Special Edition by Heico Sportiv

2011 Volvo S60 T6 Design Special Edition by Heico Sportiv

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.

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Volvo S60 by Heico Sportiv - official details revealed

Volvo S60 by Heico Sportiv - official details revealed

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.

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2010 Volvo S60 by Heico Sportiv

2010 Volvo S60 by Heico Sportiv

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.

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2012 Volvo S60 convertible image leaked

2012 Volvo S60 convertible image leaked

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.

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2011 Volvo S60

2011 Volvo S60

The Swedish automaker Volvo officially unveiled the S60 luxury sedan that will make its world debut in March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Production will start early this summer at the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium. "The all-new Volvo S60 is sculpted to move you. It looks and drives like no other Volvo before and the car’s technology will help you to be safer and more confident behind the wheel," according to Stephen Odell, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

The new 2011 Volvo S60 will 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 S60 can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed limited to 155 MPH. The 2011 S60 will be offered with a long list of safety technologies, including: City Safety, Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, Corner Traction Control for tighter cornering and Advanced Stability Control. After all it is a Volvo.

Updated 05/10/2010: Volvo today announced prices for the 2011 S60 Sport Sedan. It will go on sale in late 2010 at a price of $37,700. The all-new 2011 Volvo S60 beats a showroom equipped 2011 BMW 335i xDrive by a whopping $7,150, and a Mercedes-Benz C350 by an impressive $1,765.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Volvo S60 crashes at its own press event

Video: Volvo S60 crashes at its own press event

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So much for Volvos being safe, huh?

In what could possible be one of the brand’s most embarrassing moments in its history, Volvo’s attempted demonstration of their 2011 Volvo S60 sedan’s new ’Collision Warning with Auto Brake’ system goes horribly wrong when the car’s new system fails to work, causing the S60 to ram head-first into the back of a parked truck - in front of a stunned audience including members of the media.

According to Volvo, the system works in such a way that it "automatically brakes the car if there is an imminent risk of a collision with a moving or stationary vehicle. The system starts by alerting the driver and preparing the braking system for emergency braking. If the driver does not respond despite the warning, the brakes are applied automatically."

While previous tests of the system showed that it actually does work, Volvo - or at least that particular S60 sedan - chose a wrong time to mess up a demonstration that was supposed to reinforce the long-held notion that the Swedish car brand builds one of the safest cars in the world.

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Volvo offers new five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel engine

Volvo offers new five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel engine

Volvo announced today that the new five-cylinder 2-liter turbodiesel engine that launched in the new S60 luxury sedan will be available for the entire line-up for the 2011 model year.

For the Volvo S80, V70, XC70, and XC60 models, the new engine delivers a total of 163 HP and 400 Nm of torque. For the S80, V70, XC70, and XC60the engine can go up to 205 HP and 420 Nm of torque. For all models, the engine can be mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.

The C30, S40, V50 and C70 models will get two versions of the engine: one developing 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque and one developing 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

The great thing about this new engine is that it will provide better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. Isn’t that everyone’s goal nowadays? Just how much savings are we talking about. Hit the jump and check out the chart provided by Volvo.

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Video: Volvo wants fans to get involved in "Naughty" campaign

Volvo’s "How Naughty Do You Want It" campaign is kicking into high gear and the Swedish manufacturer is giving the people a chance to come up with ideas on the lengths Volvo will take to prove it’s "naughtiness".

As a brief teaser of what’s in line for the campaign, Volvo announced in this video that they will be doing something very "un-Volvo-like" in the coming weeks, which means that we’re probably going to see these guys finally come out of the their boxy shells and become a little more risque.

How risque do we think? Well, if they can put some walk behind the talk they’ve been dishing out, then we probably should expect something along the lines of using a Volvo S60 and doing something straight out of the Fast and the Furious.

Yep, ’Volvo’ and ’Fast and the Furious’ in the same sentence. Who would have thought, huh? Seems Volvo is trying to shed the "old people" clothing and try on some fresh, young threads.

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2011 Volvo S60 BTCS

2011 Volvo S60 BTCS

We’ve been getting so many April Fools stories, we’re finding it increasingly difficult to determine which stories are legitimate from the ones that are bogus. Fortunately – and after careful reading – this one is completely authentic.

Volvo – not exactly the first brand you’d think of in terms of racing – is entering the new S60 in the Belgian Touring Car Series. No punch lines there.

Naturally, the S60 that will compete in the Belgian TOCA has been modified for racing conditions. It’s been fitted with a racing body kit they’re calling ‘Silhouette S1’, a tubular frame chassis, a modified suspension, and high-performance brakes.

In addition to that, Volvo also modified the S60’s engine to a mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces an output of 410 horsepower and 412 Nm of torque.

"The all-new Volvo S60 sports sedan is Volvo’s most exciting driving experience so far and there is no better way to show this than by bringing it to the race track,” said Bart Crols, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Belgium. “Volvo and the all-new S60 have a special place in the people’s hearts here as several Volvo models, including the new S60, are built in Belgium at the Volvo Cars Ghent plant."

Press Release after the jump

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Naughty Volvo’s ace 3-level Slalom Test

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

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Video: Volvo releases promotional video of new S60 sedan

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.

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Blind artist Esref Amargan's Volvo S60 painting to be auctioned off for charity

Blind artist Esref Amargan’s Volvo S60 painting to be auctioned off for charity

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.

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Video: 2010 Volvo S60 preview

It seems that there are more and more visually impaired persons making their way into the automotive realm. This started off when the Ford Motor Company gave Roger Keeney a chance to get behind the wheel of a 2010 Mustang after 20 years of blindness. More recently the Johannesburg native, Hein Wagner, set speed record at over 200 MPH in an SL65 AMG Black Series..

The Swedish automaker Volvo has just released a new video that features their future S60 luxury sedan, and even though we don’t see much of the car, we do find out a few important details about the upcoming Volvo. For example, it will be painted by a blind artist, Esref Armagan, a man known for his remarkable creative skills. If you want to discuss even more about the new car you can check out the S60’s new page on Facebook.

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2011 Volvo S60 spied testing

2011 Volvo S60 spied testing

The safety conscious Swedish automaker first introduced the Volvo S60 a concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show and then heavily promoted the new car with Volvo the Game, a PC based driving simulator starring none other than the bronze concept. The production version of the upcoming Volvo S60 is not ready for public consumption just yet, as seen by the heavy amount of automotive camouflage and test track background from the spy photo. The final product will debut in its finished form sometime in 2010.

The 2011 Volvo S60 will be powered by a 1.6 Liter turbocharged engine, the concept made 180 HP with the same unit, mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission. On board active safety equipment will include Volvo’s Collision Warning With Full Auto Brake and a pedestrian detection system that can sense and avoid innocent bystanders crossing the street.

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2009 Volvo S60 Special Edition

2009 Volvo S60 Special Edition

Volvo has just launched a special edition S60 to celebrate the end of an era. Only 880 Volvo S60 SEs will be offered in the U.S. when the car goes on sale later on this month. Prices for the special edition S60 will start at $30,950 for the front wheel drive version and from $32,750 for the all-wheel-drive model.

The Volvo S60 SE is powered by a 2.5 Liter turbocharged inline 5 cylinder engine that delivers 208 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque.

Standard equipment for the special edition will include: leather seating, electronic climate control, moonroof, sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated seats, Rainsensor windshield wipers and headlamp washers. The Sewdish automaker is planning an all new S60 for 2010

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volvo S60

2010 Volvo S60

If the car was going to look like this, why did Volvo tease us with only the dash design back in October? Volvo released today the first details on the S60 Concept that will debut at the Detroit Auto Show. This is definitely a good look for Volvo, and should be a good preview for the 2010 S60 model.Taking some obvious design cues from the XC60, this sedan has a streamline looks that is distinctly Volvo, but also suggests some fun as well.

Another part that should make it into production is the engine. The S60 Concept is powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-liter unit using high-efficiency GTDi (Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection) technology and producing 180 horsepower. Volvo says GTDi technology combined with turbocharging makes it possible to reduce engine displacement with maintained performance, but with about 20 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo S60 Concept - first teaser image

Volvo S60 Concept - first teaser image

Volvo will unveil the S60 Concept at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, and here’s the first preview photo of the car. The S60 concept gives a clear indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it is introduced during 2010.

The first picture reveal the coupe-inspired silhouette that gave the original S60 its unique stance. It is now being even further accentuated. The sleek coupe-like roof line is accompanied by entirely new shoulder contours - a gentle double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.

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2008 Volvo S60 Concept

2008 Volvo S60 Concept

Uh oh, it’s usually a pretty good sign that a company is running out of ideas for the exterior of its cars when its big preview is of the interior’s center console. Then again, the concept for the new Volvo S60 features a custom piece of Orrefors crystal. This shimmering radio-holder should make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

While the pure expense of this crystal center stack will likely eliminate it from the production car’s option list, it is also unlikely that the company known for outright safety will let you drive away with a interior full of untempered glass.

Press release after the jump

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2008 Volvo S60

2008 Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 was launched in autumn 2000 as a somewhat smaller sedan than the Volvo S80. The design brief was to create a car with the same basic lines and safety as the S80 model, but in a more compact body and with a sportier profile.

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New Volvo S60 to be unveiled in 2009

New Volvo S60 to be unveiled in 2009

Volvo is working on a new model that is said to be a big competition for the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. The new model, S60, will be unveiled in 2009-2010, in the same time with another new model, the S40 hatchback.

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New Volvo S60 to be launched in 2009

New Volvo S60 to be launched in 2009

Volvo is working on a new mid-size sedan that will be unveiled in 2009/2010. The new model, S60 will feature a new design under the direction of design chief Steve Mattin.
Volvo S60 will compete with models like BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. Volvo wants to sell arround 600.000 until 2010.

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2007 Volvo S60

2007 Volvo S60

The Volvo S60 is being further refined, with the sights firmly set on sharpening the sedan model’s already sporty profile. We’re making the S60 even sportier in every respect,” says Gerry Keaney, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service “We’ve both spiced up the design and fine-tuned the chassis to create a car with even greater driving appeal.

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2007 Volvo S60 Saloon and XC90 Variant Debut at British Motor Show

2007 Volvo S60 Saloon and XC90 Variant Debut at British Motor Show

With an unprecedented number of new models launched by Volvo this year, there will be no less than two all-new cars, two models that have just been refreshed and the exciting C30 Design Concept among the Volvo highlights at the British International Motor Show (BIMS) at London’s Excel from the 20 to the 30 July.
In addition, Volvo is also taking part in the motor show cavalcade through London on Sunday 16 July with a classic Volvo P1800, an all-new Volvo C70 coupe/convertible and an XC90 on (...)

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2006 Volvo S60 R

2006 Volvo S60 R

The Volvo S60 combines excellent performance and a great shape with outstanding safety features. It feels like a tight European sedan and does a good job of smoothing out rough roads. The S60 fills the middle range in Volvo’s lineup: It’s larger than the S40, but not quite as large as the premium-luxury S80. Its interior is handsome and the available leather has a high-quality look and feel. Notable improvements for ’06 include a revised all-wheel-drive system for better performance, newly designed wheels and simplification of the options and packages.

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2001 Volvo S60

2001 Volvo S60

Volvo’s S60 is an all-new mid-size model that brings the Swedish firm’s safety legacy and standards to consumers for whom the S40 is too small and the S80 too big. Not surprisingly, it also fits between those models in price — starting at $26,500 but running to about $35,000 for a full prom dress edition.

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