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2008 Volvo V50

2008 Volvo V50
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2008 Volvo V50

The Volvo V50 was launched in early 2004 as a somewhat larger estate evolution of its Dutch-built V40 predecessor. The design language and the specification level harmonised more closely with the larger Volvo V70 estate car. The aim was to give customers large-car properties in a compact format and with clearly sporty overtones.

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Volvo recalls cars over faulty transmission

Volvo recalls cars over faulty transmission

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.

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Volvo putting V70 and V8 Sedans on the chopping block

Volvo putting V70 and V8 Sedans on the chopping block

2008 Volvo V70

Volvo seems to be trimming the fat in regards to their product lineup. A leaked Volvo product update shows the elimination of some models while others receive modifications that Volvo hopes will fill the void. The first model to go was the S80 V8 whose orders have already ceased. The S80 V6 will be supercharged to 300hp and 325lb-ft of torque to make up for the disappearing act of the V8.

In addition, Volvo will be dropping the 168hp and 170lb-ft 2.4i engine that was offered in the S40 and V50 and only offering the models in the higher powered T5 engine with a 227hp and 236 lb-ft engine. The models will still maintain the combined fuel economy rating of 24mpg. The T5 will also only be available in FWD with an automatic transmission powertrain.

The biggest change happening at Volvo is the elimination of the V70. The launch of the 2011 models will bring an updated model of the XC70 who has outsold the V70 every year since 2000. The XC70 will now include a FWD model eliminating the key reason consumers chose the V70 over the XC70.
Final production for the eliminated models will be on May 14, 2010 with a projected sales rundown at the end of the 3rd quarter.

As we close yet another chapter in car history, we must wonder where the original, reliable wagons of yesteryear have gone. Volvo seemed to have the market cornered in the wagon department and, with a foul societal swoop, has decided to join the ranks of the high-powered SUVs. Is this a decision that will make the Volvo rise in status or break the spirit that once was? You decide.

Follow the jump to see the leaked Volvo product update.

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2009 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe R-Design

2009 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe R-Design

Trying to be safe, sporty and a little stylish? Volvo wants to remind that there is more to Swedish style than what’s found in an Ikea store. It’s showing a conservative wild side with the R-Design line of appearance packaging.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo recalling 82,000 V50 and S40 models

Volvo recalling 82,000 V50 and S40 models

Volvo is recalling 82,000 V50 and S40 models due to a rust problem that might lead to the vehicle’s engine stalling. The recall pertains only to the five-cylinder petrol engined S40 and V50 models that were manufactured between 2004 and 2006.

Volvo Cars spokeswoman Maria Bohlin said recalls were being made in the company’s "corrosion markets,".

’Corrosion markets’ are countries in which the cars are exposed to more rust-speeding factors such as rain, snow, or road salt. "In the worst case, the car can stall," said Bohlin. In warmer and dryer countries, the cars have instead been provided with an extended guarantee.

Bohlin said the problem was located in the fuel pump electronic module, which controls the fuel supply to the engine. The electronic module is situated in a way that it can be affected by corrosion, which would lead to the fuel supply being cut off.

Volvo sold the majority of these cars in United States, Sweden and Germany. If you own a Volvo car that falls in the affected category, contact your dealer for help.

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2008 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 R-Design

2008 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 R-Design

The R-design package for the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 includes a choice between 10 exterior colours and the R-design badge in the grille is accompanied by a range of specially designed exterior and interior details.

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2008 Volvo V50

2008 Volvo V50

The Volvo V50 was launched in early 2004 as a somewhat larger estate evolution of its Dutch-built V40 predecessor. The design language and the specification level harmonised more closely with the larger Volvo V70 estate car. The aim was to give customers large-car properties in a compact format and with clearly sporty overtones.

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Volvo announces pricing of its 2008 model lineup

Volvo announces pricing of its 2008 model lineup

Volvo has announced today pricing for its 2008 model year lineup. The 2008 Volvo vehicle line has undergone enhancements to its model mix along with the introduction of the exciting C30. Other highlights include the addition of the new T6 turbocharged engine in the S80 luxury sedan, while the S40 sport sedan and V50 sportwagon receive major appearance updates and a bump in horsepower from 218 to 227.
Later in 2007 Volvo will announce pricing for the all-new V70 and XC70 wagons. (...)

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2007 Volvo S40 and V50

2007 Volvo S40 and V50

When the current generation of the Volvo S40 and V50 were introduced in 2003, Volvo Cars had its sights firmly set on younger buyers with high demands on sportiness and premium feel. The new Volvo S40 and new Volvo V50 are making a joint entry onto the market with considerably refined design. A range of new features further sharpens their competitive edge in the hunt for discerning young car buyers.

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New diesel for Volvo S40 and V50

New diesel for Volvo S40 and V50

Volvo Cars has started European delivery of S40 sedans and V50 estates with its new and more powerful D5 diesel powerplant, aiming at Europe’s premium diesel car market.
In both cars, the diesel will be linked to Volvos’ Geartronic automatic gearbox, but a six-speed manual will be available by the middle of next year.
Both cars manage a combined fuel economy of 40.4mpg, and each will have carbon dioxide emissions of 184g/km, which will put them into 26% company car tax band.
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2006 Volvo V50

2006 Volvo V50

Introduced last year, the V50 is a uniquely Volvo premium compact Activity Sportswagon. It offers a compelling synthesis of safety leadership, exhilarating performance and vibrant design and style. It is a natural extension and evolution of Volvo technologies - and of the Volvo vehicle architecture - on which it is based. Because it can be equipped with most features available on larger Volvos, it delights those who seek a high value-per-dollar quotient.

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