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2017 Volvo S90

2017 Volvo S90

Volvo first introduced the S90 name in 1996, when it renamed the 960 for certain markets. With Volvo discontinuing the 900 Series midsize in 1998, the 2014 Volvo S80 we know of today rolled in as the replacement for the S90. The S90 also marked the end of an era for Volvo, being the last rear-wheel-drive car wearing the Swedish company’s badge. The S80 continued the S90’s luxurious legacy over the course of two generations. The first series lived between 1998 and 2006, while the second-gen model will be discontinued after nearly a decade on the market. With 2016 just around the corner, Volvo revived the S90 nameplate for a redesigned, more upscale replacement of its range-topping sedan.

Besides taking duties from the S80, the S90 is also set to revolutionize the midsize luxury segment, much like the second-generation XC90 did in the SUV market. The sedan received the hauler’s design language, along with an interior packed with the latest technology and luxury items developed by the Swedes. The overhauled sedan will hit dealerships in the second half of 2016 with an array of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines, as well as a hybrid drivetrain. Find our more about it below.

Updated 03/24/2016: Volvo announced U.S. prices for the new S90 which is now available for order at Volvo retailers nationwide. The company also launched the new "Volvo Concierge" - a personalized online experience that allows customers to purchase the new S90 online. Check the "Prices" section for more details.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volvo S60 Cross Country.

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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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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.

Click past the jump to learn which cars we find the worst on show this year.

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2014 Volvo Concept XC Coupe

2014 Volvo Concept XC Coupe

Earlier this year, Volvo unveiled the Concept Coupe — the first of three concepts — based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture. The coupe was a design study commissioned to give us a glimpse of the future Volvo design direction.

Now under the watchful eye of Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design, the Swedish car maker has unveiled the second concept dubbed the Concept XC Coupe.

Per Volvo’s naming convention, ’XC’ is the prefix used for all things SUV. So, the Concept XC is nothing but a showcase future Volvo SUV designs, and it will show its face at the upcoming 2014 Detroit Motor show. This being a concept, Volvo has not revealed any technical details as of yet.

Like all manufacturers, Volvo too is switching to modular construction in order to keep a tab on development costs. The company’s Scalable Product Architecture will underpin all future Volvo cars, including crossovers, full-size SUVs and sedans.

Update 1/8/2014: With only a few days before it does its full undressing in Detroit, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe has dropped cover and revealed a few details about itself. You can see more after the jump.

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Nine New Volvos Will be Heading Your Way in the Future

Nine New Volvos Will be Heading Your Way in the Future

After weeping at the disappointing sales last year, Volvo’s new CEO has confirmed at the Detroit Motor Show that they will announce nine new models in less than 12 months to grab lost market share in luxury vehicles.

Out of the nine, eight new cars are merely significant updates to the current lineup of Volvos and the ninth model is confirmed to be the successor to the Volvo XC90.

Speculated to go on sale in the late 2014, the new XC90 (may have a different name later) will sit on a new "Scaleable Platform Architecture,” which is set to underpin bigger, more appointed vehicles in the future. So, people looking for SUV practicality you’re in luck, provided you have the patience to wait for a couple of years for additional models to roll out.

Volvo is also looking to develop a new architecture for their smaller vehicles - 40 series and 50 series - with their new parents, Geely, since they’re currently relying on Ford’s architecture and are planning to cut ties with Ford soon.

We’ll post more information and details as it rolls in.

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2012 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

2012 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Volvo will come at the Detroit Auto Show with an innovative petrol plug-in hybrid: the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept that previews a production version vehicle set to be offered in both Europe and North America. The concept combines a 280 HP four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine driving the front wheels with an electric motor producing 70 HP.

The concept offered three modes of operation: Pure, Hybrid or Power, with the Hybrid one offering a fuel economy of over 100 mpg. This system will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds

"The technology in the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is as ingenious as it is unique," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation. "You can make really green progress on the road without compromising on any of the luxury car’s renowned properties. No other manufacturer has succeeded in delivering fuel economy and electrical range on this level in a capable, spacious performance car with 350 horsepower on tap."

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept.

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2010 Volvo Electric C30

2010 Volvo Electric C30

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 C30s which will be used as real world test beds starting in 2011.

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.

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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 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 XC90 R-Design

2008 Volvo XC90 R-Design

Volvo Cars’ R-design programme - a sporty factory-fitted option package - is now also available for the Volvo XC90. R-design is tailor made for customers who want a car with refined attributes.

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Volvo XC60 coming in 2008

Volvo XC60 coming in 2008

Volvo has announced that the company’s next model will be a production versio of the XC60 concept unveiled last January at theDetroit auto show. The production model will be presented in 2008 at DEtroit Motor Show.
Development of the XC60 has taken precedence over the companion S60 sedan, a spokesman says, so that Volvo can field a competitor to the BMW X3, the Audi Q5, and the Acura RDX in the important U.S. market. A new S60 will not go on sale until late 2008 at the (...)

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2007 Volvo Beevan

2007 Volvo Beevan

Unparalleled driver visibility and innovative design ideas are seamlessly integrated with advanced safety technologies for Class 8 trucks in a one-quarter-scale model truck concept from Volvo Trucks North America, on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit from January 13th – 21st 2007. The Volvo concept is part of the Michelin Challenge Design competition.
“All of our vehicle designs begin with Volvo’s dedication to its core values of Safety, Quality and (...)

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Volvo XC60 Concept – six-cylinder bio-ethanol engine

Volvo XC60 Concept – six-cylinder bio-ethanol engine

The chosen power-train for the Volvo XC60 Concept is a six-cylinder, 3.2-litre bio-ethanol engine with All Wheel Drive. The engine offers the driver dynamic performance in the form of 265 horsepower and 251 lb/ft (340 Nm) of torque – with emissions of fossil carbon dioxide dropping by up to 80 percent when driving, compared with the same engine running only on gasoline.
At the moment, three of Volvo Cars’ nine models – the C30, S40 and V50 – are available on nine European markets with the (...)

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2007 Volvo XC60

2007 Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 Concept takes centre stage at the Detroit Motor Show, integrating both the unmistakable, muscular XC-versatility and the sporty charisma of a coupe. “One might say that this could be the C30-owner’s next car. Equally sporty and exciting, but far more capable. The concept car offers a good indication of how the “real” XC60 will look,” says Fredrik Arp, President and CEO at Volvo Cars.

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