Polestar Performance has been around since 1996, but until recently, it only did two things: manage Volvo motorsports operations and run a specialist consumer-facing side that built concept cars and boosted Volvo's turbocharged production cars by 15 to 60 horsepower. Five years ago, it fulfilled its long-held desire to engineer an actual production car, first creating the C30 Polestar Performance Concept, a showcar that led to the C30 Polestar Limited Edition.
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For those not paying attention, Volvo has updated its S60 sedan range for 2015 with a new range of engines under the Drive-E label. Wearing the same T5 and T6 badges to note the relative levels of power under the hood, both engines are 2.0-liter four-cylinders, with the lesser being turbocharged and the greater being both supercharged and turbocharged.
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According to IntelliChoice, a provider of automotive cost and value analysis, Volvo and Hyundai have the best certified pre-owned programs in the auto industry.
The Volvo S60 T5 with all-wheel drive struck us as a whole 'lotta Euro sedan for the money the first time we tried out this new-for-2013 powertrain combination. There are several fans of the offbeat and Swedish on the Autoblog team, me among them, and this $38,170-as-tested (including $895 destination) S60 has a fjord-load of style and comfort that you'll pay a lot more for in some other Euro-brand showroom.
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For any self-respecting driver that has a car with a manual transmission, there are two things that cast shame; stalling and grinding. It doesn't matter if you're the only one in the car or if there are no other motorists on the road, the embarrassment associated with these gaffes is omnipresent. To save myself from shame and for fear of wrecking my transmission, I hadn't tried clutchless shifting (also called powershifting) until very recently, after I saw it done on YouTube. I knew this was so
Despite sharing mechanicals and structure with the Mazda 3 and European version of the Ford Focus, the Volvo S40 is distinctly Scandinavian in design. That is, it blends form and function superbly.Modest updates for 2006 include a simplified trim and options structure, standard steering-wheel audio controls, revised wheel designs and improved cup holders. Electric Silver is the new premium-priced
Volvo's XC70 is essentially a repackaged V70 wagon, originally intended as a stopgap until the company launched its first true sport utility vehicle, the larger XC90. Debuting as a trim level for the 1998 V70, the XC70 became a separate model in 2003, though nothing had changed significantly about the car. Like its chief competitors — the Audi Allroad Quattro and Subaru Legacy Outback &mdash