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

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

2010 Volvo XC60
Quick Drive: 2010 Volvo XC60

Last week, I spent a long day's journey touring Napa wine country behind the leather-wrapped wheel of the 2010 Volvo XC60. Before you get any smart ideas, there was no wine involved--and only one prison breakout. Volvo hosted TheCarConnection just over the Golden Gate Bridge at Sausalito's low-key...Read More»

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How To Say 'Volvo' In Chinese? Geely Poised To Buy Swedish Firm

The politics of a recession, it seems, makes for strange bedfellows. Or exotic Asian ones, anyway. Today the Huffington Post reports that Ford is in talks with Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. to buy Volvo, the last remnant of the once-promising Premiere Automotive Group. It is said Ford has also...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60 Pricing Starts At $37,200

Volvo announced yesterday its new premium crossover, the 2010 XC60, will be at dealerships this March with a base price of $37,200. This puts it right in line with its competitors that include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, and Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. Alas, its potent 3.0-liter...Read More»

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Link Love: Vintage Volvos, a Free BMW M3 and Snow Lambos

News items of interest to devoted gearheads and the people who love them... Cyclists riding hard: A Japanese research team insists that it's found no linkage between riding a motorcycle and erectile dysfunction. "Subtle groin vibrations increase blood flow and are actually stimulating not...Read More»

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Ford May Unload Volvo In February

Someone once said that April is the cruelest month, but the folks at Volvo might want to argue that: rumors have surfaced that Ford is looking to unload the Swedish brand in an effort to stay afloat during The Economic Times, and sales docs are allegedly being readied for circulation in February...Read More»

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Volvo Bans Chromium From Leather, Car Interiors

Erin Brockovich would be pleased to hear that going forward, all Volvo interior materials will be chromium-free. Chromium is commonly used in the leather tanning process, and hexavalent chromium (the cancerous stuff that caused class-action lawsuits and gave Julia Roberts a juicy movie role) is...Read More»

2009 Volvo S60 Concept
2009 Detroit Show: Volvo S60 Concept

A few weeks ago, Volvo sent out some preview pictures of its concept for Detroit, a teaser for the next-generation S60 sedan, appropriately called the S60 Concept. In other words, a teaser for the teaser. Today TheCarConnection.com got to see the real teaser on the Detroit stand, and although the...Read More»

2010 Volvo S60 Concept
2010 Volvo S60 Due at Detroit Show

A few weeks back, we showed you the first shots of the new Volvo S60 concept--a lightly disguised version of the car coming in 2010. This morning, Volvo sent out a big batch of photos of the concept coming to the 2009 Detroit auto show. The concept has Volvo teaming up with Swedish glassmakers at...Read More»

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