Real $500 Race Cars Have Manual Transmissions... And Inner-Tube Shifter…

When we started out to build a V8-powered Volvo 244 for the May 10-11 24 Hours of LeMons race, most of the team members assumed we'd be using the good ol' C4 automatic transmission. You know, automatics are way easier to swap, with no troublesome clutch linkage to futz with. But Crew Chief Hellhammer (formerly known… » 4/29/08 4:00pm 4/29/08 4:00pm

Frankfurt Auto Show: Volkswagen Caddy Maxi to Transport European…

The ketchup-obsessed Finns over at World Car Fans report the coming of a newer and slightly larger Volkswagen transporter. The Caddy Maxi lands in between the T5 and the standard Caddy, with choice of 1.9L and 2.0L diesel TDI or 100hp gasoline engine. The Caddy Maxi will house seven passengers, all their luggage, and… » 9/10/07 9:00am 9/10/07 9:00am

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Volvo S40 T5 AWD, Part 2

Exterior Design ***
The S40 could be the best-worst looking car on the road. On one hand, its design is a thrillingly modern (or postmodern, if you re French) comment on traditional Volvo blockiness; on the other it s an awkward, slabsided mess. And that s not just from different angles - that s the same angle on… » 10/28/05 1:41pm 10/28/05 1:41pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Volvo S40 T5 AWD, Part 1

We re piloting the 2006 Volvo S40 T5 AWD test car through a mid-October rainstorm, both hands to the wheel, right foot goading the accelerator, eyes scanning for semis in the mist. We're swathed in a billion bucks worth of safety technology - a kind of structural beneficence granted by a kind country where 1,600-pound… » 10/27/05 1:00pm 10/27/05 1:00pm