Thursday, January 28, 2010
The volvo S60 is a great all rounder. But What I dont like is its back doors. Yea! the back passengers dont have that much leg room as in the older models like the 850 or s70. No, the S60 decided to be smaller in the back. But that problem aside the S60 is a good rival for the bmw 325 or bmw 330 of that year. The features of the volvo s60 was a great 2.5 turbo engine producing around 215 hp. There where also vents to the back seats which was a great selling point against the bmw. Now there was also the T5 Version of this volvo which produced 45hp more and was quicker off the line and in top speeds.
But in all seriosness the Volvo does boast significant looks compared to other hot rods in america and the mustangs. The volvo can certainly beat any other car in its era with the swedish styling and looks. Take a loook at these pictures which are a rebuilt engine 1800S..its looks are staggering.
The volvo 850T5R is one of the best volvos ever made. With its 250HP engine delievred just from a 2.3 5 cylinder is amazing. The turbo is also amazing and delivers so much tourque and horsepower it could fly past Bmw M3's in economy mode. But most importantly is not to forget how much this volvo lasts. Relaibility is stunning. I know a person whos volvo went above 200,000 miles and its still driving like normal. I myself own a volvo s40 (2002 version) and it has 110,000 and drives ok to date. Here are some pictures of the stunning volvo 850R.
The Volvo C30 is a stylish car with many features. But sadly however it does not have 4 wheel drive which dissapionts me. The price is also disappionting at around 30,000 US dollars it is an expensive little car. Further more a used mini cooper S would run cheaper. But I have found these amazing pictures on the internet and the volvo does look alot better.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
There are several minor updates to Volvo's entry-level S40 sedan in 2002. New exterior colors debut, and a second cup holder has been added to the center console. The options packages have also been reorganized for added convenience. The Premium Package now bundles a sunroof, CD player, an eight-way power driver seat and wood trim. A new Premium Plus package adds leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to that list. The popular Sport Package now includes aluminum interior trim, sport seats and unique instrumentation.
Vehicle HighlightsVolvo replaced its 850 sedan and wagon in spring of 1997 with a pair of early '98 models: the S70 sedan and V70 station wagon. Both were built from the same platform as the 850, but featured new styling and revised suspensions. The S70 came with front-wheel drive, while the V70 could have either front- or all-wheel drive. Most noticeable of the exterior changes was a more rounded front end, with a reshaped hood and new headlamps. Inside, the sedan and wagon got new interiors with standard dual front and side airbags. Four models were available in each body style: Base, GL, GLT, and T5.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The Volvo 780 grand touring coupé made its debut at the International Auto Show in Geneva, Switzerland in 1985. It marked the return of a two-door 2+2 seater coupe to the Volvo stable after a four-year absence following the departure of the 262C in 1981. The 780 became available in Europe in 1986, and would come to the United States a year later.
The 760 was Volvo's attempt to cement a place in the prestige market, after building a reputation for being solid and safe rather than out-and-out luxurious cars. Jan Wilsgaard, head of Volvo's Design and Styling team, proposed over 50 new designs for the new car. It was introduced to the US in 1982 for the 1983 model year as the 760 GLE sedan. This new design was criticized by the media when released: Gordon Murray of Autocar Magazine said, "To me it's obscene! That goes right against the grain of what everybody else is trying to do. To me it looks like a European version of a North American car. It produces the same amount of power as a 2600 or 3500 — in this day and age it disgusts me to see something about like that. It's a definite step backwards." All that changed however when Autocar and Car & Driver got their hands on a turbo intercooled 760; they said it was one of the best handling and fastest accelerating cars they had seen in a while, thundering from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in under 8 seconds.
Turbocharged and intercooled variants were added in 1984, station wagon variants and the 740 – the 760's lower-specification sibling – were introduced for the 1985 model year. In 1985 Electronic Traction Control system was introduced. For the 1988 model year, the 760 received numerous updates. From the outside, the most noticeable of the over 2,000 changes were the revised front sheetmetal, including an aluminium hood, recessed windscreen wipers, and new aerodynamic headlights. Inside, all 760s were equipped with a new electronic climate control (ECC), a revised dashboard, three-position tilt steering, and a new stereo system. Underneath, sedans received the same multi-link independent rear suspension that was used on the 780. Along with the revised dash, the interior saw the addition of a revised dome light and many fabric accent pieces.
The Volvo 760 was also used as a police car in several countries. East German leader Erich Honecker also often used this Volvo in his governmental car pool.
The Volvo 164 was a six cylinder sedan unveiled by Volvo Cars at the Paris Motor Show early in October 1968 for the 1969 model year. The company built 146,008 examples before production ended in 1975.
Introduced with a faux wood dashboard, a six cylinder engine and an optional leather interior, the 164 represented Volvo's first venture into the luxury segment since the demise of the PV 60 in 1950.
Jan Wilsgaard designed the 164 — initially in the late 1950s as a concept carWolseley 6/99 and the Volvo P1900. called the P358 powered by a V8. The P358 was cancelled when the home market was found too small. The front styling was inspired both by the
In 1968 Volvo introduced the 164 as an extension of the 140-series, equipping the 164 with a 3.0 litre straight-6. The bodywork of the 164 from the windshield forward differed from the 140: including a longer bonnet accommodating the bigger engine and a larger, more prominent grille. The interior was equipped with a faux wood dash and optional leather. Cars built for the final (1975) model year show small signs of a facelift: new front seats and altered interior trim, and different badging on the trunklid.
Engine and powertrain
The 164 was the first 6 cylinder equipped Volvo in 10 years, since the PV800 series ceased production in 1958.
1969-1971 models were equipped with dual Zenith Stromberg 175CD2SE constant-depression carburetors. In 1972, Bosch's first volume-production electronic fuel injection system, D-Jetronic, was offered as optional equipment. Carburetors were dropped and "D-Jet" became standard equipment for the 1973 model year. Cars equipped with the fuel injection were badged as 164E models, the "E" standing for einspritzung (German for fuel injection). Like other fuel-injected Volvos, the 164E models gave improved performance and driveability with less-toxic exhaust emissions than their carbureted counterparts. Being one of the first fuel injection systems on the road, however, the D-Jetronic system gained something of a reputation for being difficult to keep in proper repair.
Transmission options included a manual 4-speed (M400) gearbox, which was known as the M410 when equipped with the optional electrically-operated Laycock de Normanville overdrive. Both the M400 and M410 had Volvo's "remote control" shifter, which used a conventionally short, vertical shift stick placed between the front seats. Manual-shift models other than the 164 and the P1800 continued until 1971 to use Volvo's direct-control shifter, featuring an extremely long, almost horizontal shift lever with its pivot point well under the dashboard. A 3-speed automatic transmission, the Borg Warner BW35, was also offered. The automatic shift selector was mounted on the steering column from 1969 through 1972, and on the floor from 1973 through 1975. Despite its rough operation and inefficiency, the BW35 was popular in the North American market.
Body and chassis
The 164 was only offered as a 4-door sedan, and shares many body and chassis components with its 144 forebear. From the cowl rearward, body sheetmetal is identical. The front was lengthened 100 millimeters in wheelbase and 60 millimeters in overall length to accommodate the longer 6-cylinder engine. Because of the shared components between the 140 and 164, several private parties have constructed station wagon and 2-door hardtop versions with 164 front ends. Despite strenuous calls from North American Volvo dealers for a 6-cylinder Volvo station wagon, Volvo is said[who?] to have produced only a single 165 estate car (with a long wheelbase), pictured below. This car may have been given to designer Jan Wilsgaard on his retirement from Volvo.
When developing the 262C coupé in the mid-seventies, Volvo employed a 164 as a testbed. The resulting two-door "162" with a lowered, vinyl-covered roof (recognizable in the later 262C) remains on display at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo_164)
Volvo Cars began manufacturing the Volvo 140 series at Torslandaverken in the late summer of 1966 for MY 1967 and production continued through MY 1974.
Beginning with the 140 series, Volvo used a tri-digit nomenclature, indicating series, number of cylinders and number of doors. Thus, the series, which followed the Volvo Amazon and preceded the 200 series, consisted of the Volvo 142 sedan, 144 sedan, and 145 (estate).
The 140 was the first Volvo to feature a more rectilinear or boxy styling. Compared to the Volvo Amazon, the 140 was a radical departure with minimal exterior and interior carryover, notably the front split grille. The car's basic shape would survive into the 1990s as the 200 series.
Founded by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larsson, the company was formed on a background of quality and safety which were both of paramount importance, a concept that still applies to the Volvo cars of today.
The fledgling company produced both closed top and cabriolet models of their new four-cylinder OV4 and PV4 models, which were constructed to better withstand the harsh Swedish climate, than contemporary US imports. Both carried the Swedish symbol for iron attached to a diagonal piece if metal on the front grille – another aspect of Volvo’s heritage that can still be seen on today’s models.
In 1929 a six-cylinder PV651 model had been introduced which was both longer and wider than the Jakob. Its success helped the company to purchase its engine supplier and buy its first factory and by the end of 1931 return it’s first dividend to shareholders.