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Geely Expecting To Seal The Volvo Deal By February 14
Geely Expecting To Seal The Volvo Deal By February 14

Although Ford hasn't set a deadline for the sale of Volvo the same way that General Motors fast-tracked Saab, Ford's preferred bidder -- Geely -- is hoping to wrap up things on the double. A source close to the negotiations told Reuters, "[The sale] is expected to be done before Chinese New Year...Read More»

Volvo lane departure warning
Do Volvo, Infiniti Accident Avoidance Systems Make A Difference?

A number of luxury vehicles—and a few other tech-focused models like the 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Taurus—now offer features designed to warn you when you stray from your lane, whether due to inattention or drowsiness, or might not notice what's in your blind spot. But typically these...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
U.S. Consortium To Make Bid For Volvo This Week

In today's episode of the Ford/Volvo saga, the U.S. consortium known as Crown has announced plans to submit a bid for Volvo this week that will rival that of Chinese automaker (and current preferred bidder) Geely. Crown's bid will be in the $2 billion to $2.5 billion range -- somewhat less than...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
The 2011 Volvo C30: Looks Like Somebody's Been to the Plastic Surgeon

The Volvo C30, that odd little Parisian breadvan-style two door hatchback, has gone and had itself a little visit with the plastic surgeon for a nip, a tuck and a serious face pull. The guys in Sweden apparently decided to make the front end look like the face of a bulldog that had just survived a...Read More»

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Volvo Targets Tweens In Twilight: New Moon

A couple of months ago, we mentioned that Volvo had paid for product placement arranged to have its products placed in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Now that the movie is prepping for a November release, Volvo has upped its marketing game by launching WhatDrivesEdward.com. The microsite highlights...Read More»

2010 Volvo C70 Convertible
Ford: Geely Is Preferred Bidder for Volvo

Ford Motor Company says China's Geely is the leader in the thinly populated race for Volvo Cars. In a release, the world's fourth-largest automaker said that the Geely consortium would enter "more detailed and focused negotiations" to sell the Swedish car company to the Chinese automaker. Ford has...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Volvo Listens Carefully In New NVH Lab

As the editors of TheCarConnection.com have experienced time and time again, an unsatisfying sound or some stray creaks and rattles can ruin an otherwise perfectly good new-car driving impression. Likewise, sometimes a vehicle that is very capable and sporty just doesn't feel the part because you...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Volvo To Sell Diesel-Electric Plug-in Hybrids By 2012

Technology has always been at the core of the automobile, and as tehcnology steps forward, so too does the automotive powetrain--from the realm of pure combustion to electrical power. Today, Volvo announced another step down that road with its intent to have a production diesel-electric plug-in...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Volvo Working On Another EV (For Real This Time)

Yesterday we broke the news that Volvo is launching a fully electric vehicle next month. And although that's technically true, the news probably isn't very interesting to car buyers since the vehicle in question is a golf cart. However, Volvo and EV fans are in for a bit of luck: the company has...Read More»

Volvo C70 golf cart
Volvo To Launch New EV Next Month!

It's been a busy week in the auto industry -- especially for European automakers. The big theme of Frankfurt has clearly been green technology, and most manufacturers in attendance claim to have some sort of electric vehicle in the works. The majority of those EV announcements have been vague, but...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Volvo to Refresh 2010 C30

Volvo's compact C30 is getting a facelift for 2010, and the public will get its first look at the Frankurt Motor Show later this month. Most of the big changes will take place in front of the A-pillar, with the car getting a new honeycomb-style grille, new fenders and headlights, and a lowered...Read More»

2010 Volvo C30
Preview: 2010 Volvo C30 Hatchback

• What is it? One of the most stylish three-door hatchbacks on the market • The basics: Ultra-frugal engines and a practical hatchback body • On sale: Next year, with a public showing and more details at the Frankfurt auto show • Price: $24,000 (est.) Volvo’s...Read More»

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»

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