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.
We’ve already seen stories of people tracking down long-lost cars from their youths, but none of those stories involved a badass Volvo 142 racecar. This one does.
Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system has been impressing everyone from consumers to journalists, and even other industry experts and executives. Even us! But now a Volvo engineer has called Tesla’s system out, claiming it’s a dangerous “wannabe” autonomous technology.
When Top Gear was lamenting the death of Saab, they did a whole bit about Swedish versus Italian crash tests back in the 1990s. Saab and Lancia don’t really exist nowadays (not in any meaningful way, anyway), but Volvo and Fiat still do. And it looks like the more things change, the more things stay the same.
Volvo has been rolling out a series of “commitments” outlining their company’s future. Among them: building tons of electric and hybrid cars, making their vehicles death-proof, making their operations “greener,” and putting more women in charge of the company. Those seem like lofty goals, but it’s the details – or…
Roads that sap energy from passing cars don’t work in the real world. At the very least, they’re expensive as hell to build and maintain. None of that stopped Volvo from trolling other cars driving on one with an XC90, however.
Volvo has been touting their turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four since it launched in 2015. And now, the Swedes’ performance arm, Polestar, has gotten its hands on the engine, modified it, and dropped it into the S60 and V60. The result: more power. More acceleration. More joy in this world.
The Volvo XC90 Excellence, the sort of vehicle which exists to convey you not just in luxury and style but taste, looks like the sort of thing Old Money people would get if they ever spent their Old Money on anything but private islands. It won’t cost old money prices, however, setting you back just $105,895 for the…
It doesn’t make a lot of sense that the very pinnacle of driving would be a box-on-wheels old Volvo on a patch of dirt and ice in rural New Hampshire. But I don’t need life to make sense.
There’s something immensely satisfying about seeing a Volvo S60 in racing trim. Here’s Richard Göransson’s bright blue møøsemøbile for the 2016 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.
When I was looking for something rare and interesting, I went after a Volvo 480 Turbo. There’s good reason for it. This was Volvo’s most daring car: futuristic, tuned by Porsche, and now completely overlooked.