Most military vehicles—tanks, HUMVEEs, duck tours boats—are resoundingly horrible to drive and virtually impossible to use as a normal vehicle. Not so with the 1970s Volvo C303, which is built to defeat the Soviet Union but can happily drive around town.
Executives at ride-hailing app companies like Lyft and Uber have long dreamed of having fleets of vehicles that can shuttle humans around cities without the hassle of actually having to pay human drivers. Starting at the end of this month in Pittsburgh, Uber will come closer to that goal than anyone has before with a…
Happy 50th birthday to the Volvo 140 Series. That design has held up well.
Tesla should be used to getting called out by other automakers by now—not that it doesn’t dish out its fair share of industry trash talk from time to time. Now it’s Diarmuid O’Connell, a business development executive, who basically called out the entire field of electric vehicle competition for being boring, claiming…
Sometimes weird and awesome things happened when Volvo was owned by Ford. One of those was the T6 Roadster concept, and humanity needed it to go into production. It did not.
A Volvo executive recently admitted that Volkswagen’s “defeat device” cheat for its diesel cars was an “open secret” in the auto industry for years before the scandal broke last September. So given how intensely automakers test their competitors’ cars, why didn’t anyone call bullshit on VW sooner?
There’s still no full-on Volvo XC90 T8 Polestar, but the Swedish skunkworks now offers an “Optimization Package” for the hybrid SUV that bumps output to 421 horsepower and a little over 500 ft-lbs of torque. Torque is good.
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When you picture the boxy-yet-oddly-sleek Volvo 850, usually a wagon, it’s easy to forget just how radical it was 25 years ago. Volvo was actually quite specific about how radical it was at the time, saying it was, and I quote, “A dynamic car with four world firsts.” So there you go: it was quadra-radical.
After driving the all-important, all-new and admittedly all-fantastic Volvo XC90 SUV, I was curious to see whether Volvo could cook up a mid-sized luxury sedan and wagon that can make one forget about the German or Japanese competition. After stepping out of the new Volvo S90 sedan and V90 wagon, I would say the job…
All-wheel drive is an increasingly common feature on cars today, from grocery-fetching Subaru wagons to small crossovers. But it was rally racing that really convinced automakers that sending power to all four wheels gives cars a massive edge on ice, snow, dirt and more.
Volvo’s XC90 and S90 heralded the rebirth of Volvo, but those big-ticket cars won’t save the company. What Volvo needs is a big volume, mass-market seller to bring its Swedish revolution to the Youths and the masses. If you’re a Youth or a Mass, these are the guts of underneath your next Swedish runabout.
Today, Volvo announced their new modular small-car architecture with the Concept 40.1 and Concept 40.2, respectively previewing the XC40 crossover and S40 production cars. The designs are very clean and lovely, worthy of a parking spot within a Scandinavian furniture store.
Here’s your first look at the Thor’s Hammer light design on Volvo’s upcoming all-new 40-series, which is crossing the pond to hit the American market for the first time. This could be a hatchback or a small crossover, and probably eventually will be both. We were expecting to see it “before 2019,” which now means May…
As a childless car writer I frequently chastised parents for eschewing fun cars in order to buy safe boxes for their new families, but with a kid on the way and the threat of a massive blizzard in the back of my mind I gave into a mix of fear and marketing hype and reached for the safest thing I could borrow. My bad,…
While this isn’t the biggest surprise given Volvo’s gradual pull-out from racing, it still makes us sad. Volvo’s Polestar made it official today that they would not be renewing their contract with Australian Supercars once this season is over. The team, however, is looking to keep racing the Volvo without them.