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Preview: 2010 Volvo C70 Convertible
Preview: 2010 Volvo C70 Convertible

•    What is it? •    The basics: A folding hard-top and sultry styling •    On sale: Early next year, with a public showing and more details at the Frankfurt Auto Show •    Price: $40,000 (est.) Volvo’s ultra-stylish C70 Convertible has a received a facelift for the 2010...Read More»

2009 Volvo XC70
Reports: Geely Interested in Volvo

Volvo is for sale,  and according to Automotive News, the only currently interested buyer is Chinese automaker Geely. Automotive News reported that Volvo, which has been on sale since December, is being targeted by Geely, and that Geely is the lone bidder for the company, which parent company Ford...Read More»

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Rumor: Fat Lady Still Quiet, Swedish Group To Bid For Volvo

It's been widely reported that Chinese automaker Geely is putting the finishing touches on an offer to purchase Volvo -- and frankly, when we saw yesterday's release about Chinese astronauts' love for the Volvo S80L, we thought the deal was done. However rumors have surfaced that a group of Swedish...Read More»

Volvo safety test driver, 1959
Crash Testing In The Old Days: Volvo Safety Video

Last Thursday was the 50th birthday of the three-point safety harness, invented by Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin. After we ran an item to commemorate the event, we got a nice note from the UK offering us a video clip with some Volvo safety history. The video turns out to have wonderful...Read More»

Volvo's first safety engineer, Nils Bohlin, demonstrates the three-point safety harness in 1959
Celebrating Seat Belt Safety: 50 Years of Saving Lives

As you get into your car today and buckle your belt without a second thought, pause for a moment. Today is the 50th birthday of the three-point safety belt, an invention that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives globally. The safety harness, as it used to be called, was created in 1959 by Nils...Read More»

Volvo C30 featured in 'Twilight'
Interesting Bedfellows: Vampires And Volvos

GM had its Transformers moment. Chrysler bet on Terminator Salvation (how'd that turn out?). And now comes word that Volvo has become entangled with the unfathomably popular series of vampire-themed Twilight novels and, naturally, the movies they've spawned. If we'd seen the first film -- which we...Read More»

2009 Volvo S60
Rumor: Geely Submitting $293 Million Bid For Volvo

According to a (very brief) article in China Car Times, Chinese automaker Geely is finally prepared to submit a bid to Ford Motor Company for Volvo. Geely's alleged offer: $293 million. A couple of weeks ago, sources were circulating a similar rumor, but with a figure of $2 billion attached. And...Read More»

2009 Volvo C70
Volvo Offers Free Vacation To Supplement Existing Free Vacation Offer

Volvo's Overseas Delivery Program regularly offers American Volvo buyers two round-trip tickets to Gothenburg, Sweden so they can pick out the car they want from the Volvo factory and have it shipped back to the U.S. But now Volvo has one-upped itself: from now through September 1, the company is...Read More»

2009 Volvo C30
Ford Focus, Volvo C30 Get Top Marks In IIHS Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has conducted a new battery of crash tests -- this time on an assortment of coupes. Generally speaking, all five models performed well, but the Ford Focus and the Volvo C30 came out on top, beating out the Chevrolet Cobalt, Honda Civic, and Scion tC. Each...Read More»

Volvo XC60 R
Volvo XC60 R-Design: Big Wheels Keep On Turning

The 2010 Volvo XC60 is a handsome, comfortable crossover vehicle--and a highly rated one, scoring an 8.2 in TheCarConnection.com's road test rating. And yet, even though its out-of-the-box good looks are just hitting showrooms around the U.S., Volvo's tweaking the XC60's appearance and handling...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
Pricing: 2010 Volvo XC60 Just Announced

I liked the 2010 Volvo XC60 from the moment I laid eyes on it earlier this year. The XC60 is the Swedish car company's first foray into the compact crossover segment—the same niche that includes a number of new entries this year; the 2010 Lexus RX350, the 2010 Cadillac SRX, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz...Read More»

2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept
Volvo Piles Into Plug-In Parade With First Vehicles Due in 2012

With its divorce from parent Ford Motor Company imminent, Volvo Cars is fast relearning how to develop its own technologies. Not that it ever lost its engineering skills; many safety technologies used across the Ford portfolio were pioneered by the Swedish firm. Volvo's latest foray is an...Read More»

Ford Transit Connect Family One Concept
12 Great Family Cars for the Recession

  America’s in the midst of a deep recession--and no industry's suffered like the auto industry. Even so, the need for a new family car is still pressing on folks who may be readying for a new arrival, or ready to move out of a smaller car into one that’s more teen-friendly. Which family car...Read More»

2009 Volvo C30 R-Design
Quick Spin: Volvo C30

Looks are a big factor in the Volvo C30's appeal. The little hatchback coupe is undeniably sexy—in a grin-inducing, dorky sort of way. From any angle that involves the back end, where the glass-and-blacked-out hatch and curved flanks can be seen, it's quite possibly that the 2009 Volvo C30 is the...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Driven: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse

The best vehicles exude character befitting the vehicle's brand. Character doesn't magically appear by some accidental assemblage of parts. A vehicle's character comes from engineers and designers who know, systemically, what the vehicle should look and feel like. This is why luxury drips from the...Read More»

Exmovere Holdings' Chariot
Link Love From The Car Connection: Deuce Folds, Big Limo Bob Speaks, And A Tesla 'Test Drive' FAIL

Deuce goes down -- Former NFL star Deuce McAllister punted on his Nissan dealership back in March when he declared bankruptcy, but he hadn't formally given up his inventory until yesterday. No word on how the hand-off might affect his $6.9 million debt to Nissan's finance arm, but since Deuce's...Read More»

Volvo Design Chief Peter Horbury
Volvo and Ford Get New Design Chiefs Horbury, Callum

The 59-year-old Peter Horbury, Executive Director of Design at Ford, will become the new head of Product Design at Volvo Cars on May 1. Volvo says he will "lead the next stage of the development of Volvo Cars' design language." Moving into the vacancy at Ford will be Moray Callum, who is currently...Read More»

2009 Volvo S80
Volvo S80: A Little Swanky, A Lot Of Uppity, To Debut In Geneva

Add another unveiling to next week's schedule: the Volvo S80 will put in its first public appearance at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The revamped sedan will offer a variety of options for buyers, including: A twin-turbo, five-cylinder, 2.4-liter turbodiesel that cranks out 205 hp and gets around 38...Read More»

2010 Volvo DRIVe lineup
Volvo DRIVe Lineup Adds XC60, XC70, and S80 for Geneva

Following on its Paris Motor Show intro of a trio of highly efficient diesels dubbed DRIVe, Volvo adds more technology, one engine, and four models to the DRIVe portfolio. The point of these 1.6- and 2.4-liter diesel fuel sippers is economy and exceedingly low CO2 emissions; the smallest vehicle in...Read More»

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