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Volvo introduces new direct injected, turbocharged 2.0-liter GTDi

Volvo 2.0-liter GTDi engine – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volvo mulling S80 R-Design?

Volvo has transitioned from R-badged cars delivering increased performance to R-Design vehicles carrying more visual horsepower, but no additional underhood muscle. Volvo's R-Design models are well-trimmed and attractive, and Volvo wants to see if there's interest in an S80 wearing more athletic trappings. A tentative step toward a full-blown R-Design S80 is being tried in the UK, where an R-Design interior package is available on Volvo's top sedan.

Swedish heatwave prompts recall of thousands of flex fuel Volvos

After receiving hundreds of complaints from Swedish drivers who have been left stranded by the side of the road, Volvo has recalled 8,500 of its V70 and S80 Flexifuel vehicles. Apparently the rigorous environmental testing the car maker employs does not extend to heatwaves like the one Sweden happens to be caught in the grips of...wait a sec. Heatwave? Sweden?

Geneva Preview: Volvo readies updated S80 for Swiss debut

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Volvo S80

Volvo announces new 2.4L 5-cylinder diesel for S80

Over in Europe, Volvo's top end model - the S80 - will be getting a new engine option this year in the form of a new 2.4L five cylinder diesel. This engine replaces an existing one with the same displacement and configuration. The new engine has an aluminum block and cylinder head and most of the latest in diesel technology. Fuel is delivered directly to the combustion chambers via a 26,000 psi common rail injection system with piezoelectric injectors. Intake air is pressurized by a pair of turb

Volvo unveils long-wheelbase S80L for Chinese market

Just like the long-wheelbase Audi A4L that debuted in China yesterday, Volvo has just rolled out a longer S80 with an extended wheelbase designed to suit Chinese premium car buyers' tastes. Unlike the Audi, we have a profile shot to show the extra length of the Volvo S80L. Volvo entered the Chinese market with

Volvo planning major lineup changes

Automotive News is dishing on Volvo's product lineup plans between now and 2010. The newly released second-generation S80 won't see any major changes, nor will the new 70-series wagons, the C70, or the C30. The S40's going to bid us adieu, as there's price overlap with the S60, and the S60's not much larger than the S40. The C30's going to serve as the entry-level Volvo, while also angling at MINI's territory of cutieified premium small cars. The S60, while handsomely drawn, is becoming

IIHS tests reveals that money doesn't always buy safety

Click the image above for a gallery of all the IIHS contenders.

Volvo aims for BMW

As long as BMW doesn't own Volvo, then the Swede is allowed to target the roundel's cars as competitors. Autocar reports that Volvo is shaking up the lowest two rungs on its sedan line to put more space between them, and to better compete with the 3 Series.

Volvo S80, Scion xB score 'good' on IIHS crash tests

"Good" is such a broad term. When we go looking at crash test data, "good" is not the word that grabs us by the earlobes and says "Hey! I'll save your tail!" "Good" indicates a level of competence perhaps elevated from average levels of acheivement, but the word doesn't connote stellar performance upon first glance. When you realize that "good" is where the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) ratings top out, the word has more gravity when shopping for a safe vehicle.

Volvo adds T6 Turbo AWD to S80 line

click above image to view high-res pics of the 2008 Volvo S80 T6 Turbo AWD

Whiplash a serious problem with many vehicles, says IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in Arlington, Va. has just concluded testing on some 75 vehicles' head restraint systems and after performing a simulated rear-end impact of 20 MPH, only 22 of the systems received the top score of "good."

Super recyclable new Volvo S80 arriving Down Under

Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the Volvo S80.

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