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Review: 2008 Volvo XC70 [w/VIDEO]

While station wagons are a very big part of the European automotive landscape, here in the States the two-box design sells much better when it's a crossover. We Americans don't have many choices on the true wagon front, mostly because high volume demand simply doesn't exist. One wagon that has been around for a while is the Volvo XC70, which combines much of the rugged AWD utility of an SUV with traditional wagon packaging. The XC70 is all-new for 2008, including its Ford Mondeo-derived platform, 3.2L engine and more refined sheet metal. On paper, the XC70 delivers a good-looking, safe... Read More

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    Official: Volvo V70 and XC70 and Ocean Race special editions wash ashore ahead of Geneva
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    Volvo will unveil the third in its series of new concepts to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but it will also bring a flotilla of special editions to the Swiss show. The V70 and XC70 are getting limited-edition models called simply Edition, and the V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60 will have Volvo Ocean Race Editions. The Edition models outfit the cars ...

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    Official: Volvo wants this car to be the Crown Vic of global police fleets
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    It has been years since the last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off the assembly line, but these body-on-frame sedans are still the most recognizable police cars in the US. Volvo is making a strong push in hopes that its XC70 can attain the same level of success as a global police car. As it is, Volvo is a popular choice for police cars in its home country of ...

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    Geneva: Volvo brings a whole new 2014 showroom for Geneva's approval
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    Sometimes it takes smaller automakers a bit longer than the industry average to rotate and freshen their product lineups. Volvo has taken a big swing for the 2014 model year in that regard, and has brought along a full product portfolio of new cars. In the main, this means that the Swedish brand has fast-tracked facelifts for its already-attractive ...

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    Recalls: 2013 Volvo S80, XC70 recalled over faulty TPMS
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    Tire pressure monitoring systems are notoriously persnickety, but an issue found with the TMPS on the 2013 Volvo S80 and XC70 have been deemed worthy of a recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Due to a software glitch in possibly 300 of the Volvos (combined), the "TPMS Service Required" light will come on after 15 minutes of ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #284
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    Fiat and Mazda teaming up, Consumer Reports eco-trim test, Aston Martin AM310, BMW Zagato Coupe, Dany Bahar suspended Episode #284 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Chris, Dan and Zach chat about Mazda and Fiat collaborating on the next MX-5 Miata and Spyder, Consumer Reports' test of eco-trim compacts, the Aston Martin AM310 and BMW ...

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    Recalls: Volvo recalls 2012 S60, S80, XC60 and XC70 models over wiring harness
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    Volvo is recalling its S60, S80, XC60 and XC70 models, all from the 2012-model-year, for an electrical system wiring harness issue. There are 17,000 cars affected by the situation, in which a harness could have been improperly attached to the front seats, resulting in a potential separation when the seat is moved. Such a separation could lead to the ...

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    Official: Volvo expands Polestar software upgrade to more models
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    Volvo is spreading the horsepower love around its fleet with a wider array of Polestar Performance software upgrades. 2011 and 2012 XC60, S60 and XC70 models equipped with a T6 engine are now available with a software upgrade that adds in 25 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque without impacting fuel economy. Those improvements put the engine's final ...

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    Report: Volvo pondering slimming U.S. model range, adding finance arm
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    According to Automotive News, Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby has stated that the automaker will likely "trim [its] product line" in the United States over the next few years. Jacoby has not revealed exactly what models will be cut, but instead says that the company's core products here in the States will be the S60 sedan, as well as the XC60 and XC90 ...

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    Volvo XC70 and S80 get refresh, tech upgrades for 2012
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    On the outside, the changes to the 2012 Volvo S80 and XC70 aren't immediately noticeable. The headlamps have been redesigned, the S80 gets LED turn signals in the side mirrors and each model gets a new exterior color choice. Underneath the skin, however, these two Volvos have received a handful of new tricks. Volvo's Sensus infotainment system, which ...

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    Volvo Ocean Race limited edition models get nautical by nature
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    Volvo is celebrating the start of its fourth Ocean Race by releasing special edition models of its V60, XC60 and XC70 in the UK. The cars will be available to order starting in April, with the first deliveries expected to take place in July. Engine options are yet to be determined, but the cars will have special interiors in sail-reminiscent off-black ...

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    Volvo recalls various 2011 models over fuel cutoff calibration fears
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    Volvo and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have announced that the Swedish automaker will recall some 6,046 vehicles from the 2011 model year due to a possible flaw in the engine control module. According to NHTSA, a fuel shut-off parameter in the software is too sensitive, and under certain conditions, the engine may stall. ...

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    Volvo V70 axed in favor of front-drive XC70, S80 V8 going away?
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    It's a refrain that two-box enthusiasts have to be tired of hearing, but proper station wagons apparently remain a really hard sell in America. The latest casualty appears to be segment-stalwart Volvo, which, according to a leaked dealer document from an AB tipster (click here to view), is apparently giving up on its V70 estate in the U.S. As noted in a ...

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    Volvo unveils touchscreen rear entertainment with 500GB and WiFi
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    Volvo recalls over 140K 2001-2005 and 2010 MY vehicles over fuel system issues
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    Vehicles manufactured by Volvo are the subject of two different recalls newly announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The recalls, both involving problems with fuel systems, cover more than 140,000 vehicles manufactured within the past decade. The first recall is directed at 136,100 2001-2005 model year S60, S80, V70, XC70, ...

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    More Bulk Store Buying: Costco and Volvo team up to sell cars
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    It's the holiday season and that means shopping and deal-finding is at a premium. A trip to warehouse stores Costco or Sam's Club will likely net you some tidy deals on anything from eggs and Hot Pockets to a Jacuzzi or even a casket. Even carmakers are getting in on the dealmaking, as a recent promotion with Mitsubishi and Sam's can attest. Not to be ...

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    VIDEO: Disgruntled Volvo owner starts blog, crafts lament in her native Swedish tongue
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    Freya Svensson feels like she's getting screwed. According to her blog postings, she owns a still new-looking Volvo XC70 that has had more than its fair share of problems: a faulty transmission and an internal coolant leak that could have been caused by a cracked cylinder head or head gasket. To make matters worse, Svensson says the transmission, ...

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    Nearly 12,000 Volvo S80, XC60, and XC70 models recalled over stall concerns
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    A software glitch is responsible for 11,993 Volvo models being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The campaign includes model year 2008-2010 S80 models, 2010 S60 models, 2009-2010 XC70 models, and the 2010 XC60, all running faulty software in their central electronic modules (CEM). According to NHTSA, the signal from ...

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    El Capuccino Volvo 'ute spotted outside museum
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    Click above for more images of the Volvo XC70 pickupVolvo has been known for its safety and practical nature since the company's inception, but what we never expected to see from the Swedish automaker is a sport 'ute. A quick-witted photographer snapped up a few pics of an XC70 outside the Volvo museum in Sweden that has been converted for pickup duty, and ...

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    Volvo to offer T6 engine option in XC70 this fall
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 Volvo XC70 The Volvo XC70 recently spent some time in the Autoblog Garage, and while we liked the vehicle overall, we had a few major complaints: its high price, poor gas mileage and a noticeable lack of power. At least one of those issues will be rectified somewhat this fall when Volvo begins offering the ...

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    Review: 2008 Volvo XC70 [w/VIDEO]
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    While station wagons are a very big part of the European automotive landscape, here in the States the two-box design sells much better when it's a crossover. We Americans don't have many choices on the true wagon front, mostly because high volume demand simply doesn't exist. One wagon that has been around for a while is the Volvo XC70, which combines much ...

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