2010 Volvo C30

Volvo C30

Volvo C30

The new Volvo C30 steps out and shows the model’s full potential and personality. This can be seen in the fresh, self-assured design of the front. And it is emphasized by a wide range of options, including an urbane, bold accessory styling kit.

The C30 is Volvo’s most playful and spontaneous car model. It appeals to customers who spend most of their time in the city environment and who impose considerable demands on the car’s design, driving properties and personality. The Volvo C30 can be configured in an almost unlimited range of variants thanks to a wide selection of drivelines, design details and equipment levels. And the new Volvo C30, which makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009, offers even more choice than before.

“Since its introduction in 2006, the Volvo C30 has become highly appreciated for its unique appearance. This applies in particular to the rear. With the new front, it feels as though everything has fallen neatly into place and that the car’s entire personality has been boosted to an entirely new level,” says Daniel Backman, Product Manager for the new Volvo C30.

The new exterior is also a better match for the way the Volvo C30 drives – challenging, direct and with a whole lot of attitude.” continues Daniel Backman.

Major exterior changes

The renewal of the Volvo C30 is more comprehensive than is usually the case with Volvo’s models. The entire front has been redesigned, including body panels such as the front wings. This gives the car a radical new appearance from the front, carving out a distinctive personality which clearly separates the new C30 from the Volvo S40 and V50.

Sporty R-Design XC60 joins 2010 Volvo lineup

2010_volvo_xc60_rearVolvo has revealed the latest addition to its sporty R-Design lineup with the introduction of the all-new XC60 R-Design SUV. Set to go on sale shortly after its debut at this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the modified XC60 has been spruced up with a specially tuned lowered sports chassis and a distinctive bodykit.

On the outside it’s easy to recognize the typical R-Design attributes: door mirror housings, trim mouldings and trim in matte silk metal finish, skid-plates and twin chrome tailpipes. The five-spoke ‘Cratus’ aluminum wheels are also unique for the R-Design models. In standard form they measure 18in but there’s also the option of a 20in set. Another new feature is that the lower section of the car is now colour-matched to the rest of the body instead of the matte black design of the standard model.

The R-Design chassis is also stiffer, features stronger damping and has more distinct driving properties but surprisingly Volvo engineers decided not to lower the vehicle.

For the interior Volvo has continued the sporty theme by adding aluminum inserts in the steering wheel, door mouldings and the stylized center stack. The standard pedals have also been replaced with aluminum units, while the seats have been covered with a new dual-tone leather design. Finally, the sports steering wheel has been trimmed with perforated leather and features an engraved R-Design emblem sitting center.

Volvo XC60 appealing option among small SUVs

2009_volvo_xc60Smaller, more fuel efficient and infinitely more fun than the brand’s bloated XC90 crossover, the five-passenger XC60 comes to the table with modern Swedish design and an intriguing new safety feature.

The XC60 is pricey and its fuel economy could be better, but Swedish carmaker Volvo’s little SUV is an appealing new entry in a segment crowded with good but not great vehicles.

Prices for the XC60 start at $37,200. All models come with all-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission and 281-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine.

I tested a well-equipped XC60 that cost $41,425. All prices exclude destination charges.

The XC60’s price puts it in the heart of the market for five-seat luxury crossovers.

It competes with the $33,895 Acura RDX, $39,700 BMW X3, $33,300 Infiniti EX35 AWD, $39,100 Lexus RX 350 AWD and $39,695 Lincoln MKX AWD, among others.

Promising newcomers to the class include the Audi Q5 and Cadillac SRX, which are to go on sale shortly.

Adding to the XC60’s appeal is a long list of standard features including leather seats and a new system to prevent low-speed crashes, and an introductory package that throws in a big, two-panel sunroof at no charge. The sunroof is free now, but will become a $1,200 option at some point.

The XC60 is a comfortable, roomy SUV that offers good power and handling in a very attractive body.

The XC60 offers a generous 101.9-cubic-foot passenger compartment that provides good front and rear seat comfort. The cargo compartment is a useful 30.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat-bigger than the RDX and X3, smaller than the MKX and RX 350 – and 67.4 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat.

The interior features the modern and elegant design that’s become a hallmark for Volvo, a unit of Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. It is enhanced by high-quality materials and simple controls.

Large sideview mirrors and big windows provide excellent visibility in all directions. The body’s flowing fenders and rising beltline fit perfectly with the rest of Volvo’s model line and give the XC60 a unique and appealing look.

Volvo’s smooth turbocharged inline-six engine is among the most powerful in its class, providing plenty of punch for confident acceleration.

The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly. The XC60’s EPA fuel economy rating of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway trails competitors like the Q5, RX 350 and X3.

The ride is smooth and comfortable, but the supple chassis also performs admirably in quick maneuvers and zipping around curves. Body roll is minimal, and the steering is responsive and nicely weighted.

With its sporty character, slinky Swedish style, room, comfort and appealing price, the Volvo XC60 raises the bar for small luxury crossover SUVs.

Volvo Cars recalls 8,500 green cars

Green-Cars-2009-Volvo-S40-010Ford-owned Volvo Cars on Thursday said it is recalling around 8,500 green cars, mainly in Sweden, due to problems with the fuel-pump.
Company spokesman Stefan Elfstrom in Goteborg said the recall concerns the Volvo V70 and Volvo S80
models of 2008 and 2009.

“The reason for the recall is a robustness issue with the fuel-pump which under high temperatures may cause stalling of the vehicle,” said Elfstrom.

Ninety-five percent of the cars, which are equipped with half-gallon (two-liter) flexi-fuel engines, have been sold in Sweden. Elfstrom said the remainder had been sold in 15 other European countries, including Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.

Volvo’s V70 can’t stand the heat

volvo v70Hundreds of Swedish Volvo-owners have been left by the side of the road as their vehicle suddenly dies. It turned out that the fuel pump at Volvo V70 Flexifuel breaks down when the outside temperature gets too high.

“Yes, that’s correct that a number of cars of the first production series have problems with the fuel pump, and it’s a problem that accelerates in this heat”, said Bo Larsson, spokesperson at Volvo, to Swedish Radio.

Volvo V70 Flexifuel is currently the company’s most popular clean vehicle. Hundreds of complaints have been reported from all over Sweden.

What happens is that the non-return valve and pressure regulator in the fuel pump looses its grip, which stops the flow of fuel to the engine and the car dies. Volvo is currently investigating the problem to find out what causes the parts to fall of.

Between late autumn 2007 up to July 2008 some 3,500 cars by the V70 2.0 Flexifuel model were produced, Swedish Radio reports. The ones produced from August 2008 and on have another fuel pump construction and are not troubled by the same problem, according to Bo Larsson.

In April Volvo Cars recalled more than 20,000 vehicles across Europe over fears they have faulty cooling fans. The recall affects four-cylinder diesel engine models of Volvo’s C30 hatchback, its S40 compact saloon and its sister model, the V50 estate.

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

Volvo’s new crossover vehicle boasts an exciting mix of two car styles and steps boldly into what is the motoring world’s toughest and fastest-growing segment. Sporting capable XC muscles, it combines a strong athletic body with high ground clearance and large wheels, while the flowing lines create the sporty charisma of a coupe.

“This car is charged with more emotive form and more energy than any other Volvo. We’re elevating our design DNA to an entirely new level by literally turning up the visual volume. If you say that you’d recognise a Volvo from a hundred metres away today, I dare say the XC60 radiates a clear Volvo presence from at least twice that distance,” says Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin.

City safety standard on the new Volvo XC60

A variety of intelligent safety systems are another important part of the new Volvo XC60. The major news is City Safety – a unique system that can help the driver avoid or reduce the effects of the type of low-speed impacts that are common in city traffic and traffic tailbacks. If the car is about to drive into the vehicle in front and the driver does not react, the car brakes itself.

“We are the first manufacturer in the world to offer this type of feature as standard. City Safety clearly shows that the new Volvo XC60 is the safest car Volvo has ever produced. The car is packed with our accumulated safety know-how and technology, both when it comes to preventing accidents and protecting all the occupants in a collision,” says Fredrik Arp.

The XC60 project has its sights set on a target group that imposes high demands on design, brand integrity and high-tech content in its choice of lifestyle products.

“One might say that this could be the C30 owner’s next car. It’s as sporty and exciting, but more capable. With the Volvo XC60, we are widening our model range to attract even more customers with an active urban lifestyle,” explains Fredrik Arp.

Engines and volumes

The new XC60 is being launched with a choice of three engines: the turbocharged T6 which produces 285PS, and two variants of the D5 turbodiesel, producing 185 and 163 horsepower respectively. All- Wheel Drive (AWD) is fitted as standard.

“During 2009, we will offer a front-wheel driven 2.4-litre version powered by a Euro 5 diesel engine producing 163 horsepower and with a CO2 target around 170 g/km,” reveals Fredrik Arp.

The global sales target for the new XC60 is over 50,000 cars per year. The five largest markets during peak year 2010 will be the USA, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and China. The Volvo XC60 will be built at the Volvo Cars factory in Ghent, Belgium. Sales of the car will start in Europe during the second half of 2008, while sales in North America will get under way in early 2009. The new XC60 will arrive in UK dealer showrooms in October.

Volvo XC60 in India

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The Volvo XC60 will be launched in India by September. The XC60 will be available with inline five-pot diesel and straight 6-cylinder petrol engines. The XC60 will power the front wheels and will compete with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. (carwale)