2012 Volvo 760 - Only The Fittest Survive
Volvo 760 turns 30 - The car that saved Volvo Car Corporation
In February 1982 - 30 years ago - the new Volvo 760 GLE was launched. No
typical Volvo, yet unmistakably a Volvo. Seen as elegant and exciting with
its characteristic design it was well received. The 760 became the car that
actually saved Volvo Car Corporation back then and paved the way to the
modern company of today.
When the first plans for the new car were drawn up around 1975 the
automotive industry in general was experiencing a lot of difficulties, and
Volvo in particular. The first oil crisis had just passed and at Volvo,
problems were rising regarding the build quality of the new Volvo 240. It
was also a very difficult economic time for the company. It was expensive
to build cars in the Torslanda plant, too expensive in fact, and it was no
longer profitable to export them.
The 200-series was soon to be complemented with a new generation of smaller
cars from the Dutch subsidiary Volvo Car BV, but at the same time a new
large volume-seller for the 1980s was desperately needed. A car designed
and built to meet the continuously higher demands for fuel efficiency, Exhaust emission control and safety that
kept appearing. It was just as difficult to foresee what kind of car the
customers of the 1980s would want.
A new way to tackle the task
The 760 was conceived in a time when conditions changed almost daily and in
the company there were many strong and different opinions regarding the new
car. There was no Internet to surf in order to broaden the views but Volvo
made use of the best possible tool available at the time, a very thorough
analysis of the surrounding world. Careful studies and large mental
flexibility would lead the team on to the right track and along that track
there was very little or no room for mistakes.
More car at less weight
It was decided that reliability, fuel efficiency, longevity,
serviceability, low noise levels, design and performance in that order
should guide the development work on the new project. It was also decided
that rear-wheel drive should be employed, that the wheelbase should be 10
cm (4") longer than that of the 240. The car was also to be somewhat
shorter than the 240 but have the same width and be 100 kg lighter. For
cost reasons most of the technical content was to be carried over from the
200-series with only minor modifications. This was, for instance the case
with transmissions, suspensions and many other system solutions. The
exterior design, however, had to be brand new.
The project, which was now known as the P31, was subject to changes. The
technical specifications were only finalized at about the same time as the
final design was frozen. Choosing the right design is just as difficult and
important as filling the car with the right technical content.
The introduction was initially planned for 1980 but was at this stage
postponed until 1981.
Boxiness becomes a concept
There were many design proposals to consider, many of them from outside
designers. Most of them were sedans but Volvo's head of design, Jan
Wilsgaard, was more into a hatchback. The finance department, on the other
hand, wanted a design with straight and flat surfaces, with angular lines,
preferably 90 degrees, in order to reduce the production costs as much as
In the end, the battle stood between the favourite of the marketing
department and the engineering department alternative, when the sometimes
very secretive Wilsgaard pulled an unknown contestant out of his sleeve. It
was his own proposal which blended the properties in a different way: A car
with a drawn out rear end in the estate fashion with straight body sides
and with an abruptly cut-off rear, in other words a cut-back. This cut-back
remained in the final discussions but eventually a modified version of it -
a sedan with an almost vertical rear screen and boxy rear section - was
chosen. The straight sides lent the interior a spacious feeling which was
also very comfortable. And above all, the car had real character.
It soon proved to be the right choice. In the midst of the round and
slippery soap dishes offered by other manufacturers, the Volvo boxiness was
a hit and soon turned into a hallmark. Very valuable during this selective
process was the use of so-called product clinics which Volvo used for the
first time and at which people's reactions regarding the new car were
investigated without revealing any details like the brand of car etc. The
reactions were not entirely positive, but in the USA, the planned main
market for the new car, people loved it and looked upon it as their type of
Volvo S60 vs Audi A4 vs BMW 3 Series review - Auto Express
The new Volvo faces some tough competition. The BMW 3-Series is our current
class champ, combining engaging driving dynamics with top-notch quality,
low running costs and a line-up of efficient engines.
Joining it is the Audi A4, which sets the standard with its classy looks,
fantastic cabin and composed chassis. So, will the usual suspects overwhelm
the S60 -- or can the new kid on the block cause a major upset?
Volvo 960 / S90 / Executive / Royal
Like the Volvo 960? Here's a decked out version celebrating the final years
of the RWD production from Volvo.
Vehicle is either a standard 5-seater with long wheelbase, or a 4 seater
provided by two independent power adjustable rear seats. Optional rear
console air conditioning and drink coolers; excellent interior lighting,
and it's powered by the smooth Volvo-Porsche inline-6 :) Guarentee to
inspire all Volvo owners alike!
Correction: only 30 of these cars have the longer wheelbase.
Check out http://www.volvolife.jp for documentary of a Japanese owner
committed to restoration of his Volvo S90 Royal.
Many of the luxury features in this car are now obtainable in modern cars,
(or better), like powered sun shades and automatic windows..
2014 Volvo S80 обзор, тест-драйв (Вольво С80)
VolvoS80 (Вольво S80) — седан класса «E» с
передним или полным приводом.
Фейслифтинговая версия второго
поколения модели дебютировала на
автосалоне в Женеве в марте 2013 года.
Дизайнеры Вольво лишь слегка
подкорректировали внешность S80, придав
более свежий вид решетке радиатора и
переднему бамперу. Не много изменилось и
в интерьере -- передние сиденья стали
тоньше, чтобы освободить несколько
сантиметров для ног задних пассажиров, а
место аналоговой приборной панели
С технической точки зрения все осталось
как прежде. S80 построен на той же
платформе, что и Ford Mondeo, и Volvo XC60, и Ford S-Max
со стойками McPherson в передней подвеске и
многорычажкой сзади. Но по сравнению с
тем же Mondeo у S80 колёсная база меньше — 2835
против 2850 мм. Само собой, настройки
подвески у S80 свои, дабы придать
управляемости автомобиля определенную
индивидуальность и собственный
характер. А что касается полноприводных
модификаций седана, то в приводе его
задней оси используется муфта Haldex.
Компания Volvo славится своими
разработками в области безопасности, а
потому нет ничего удивительного в том,
что S80, в зависимости от комплектации,
может быть оснащен практически всеми
наработками инженеров шведской марки.
Например, ABS, системой динамической
стабилизации, системой распознавания
дорожных знаков, слежения за полосой
движения, мониторинга поведения
водителя, предупреждения о столкновении
с полным автоматическим торможением и
обнаружением пешеходов, адаптивным
круиз-контролем и так далее. Кроме того,
для защиты пассажиров в салоне S80
установлены передние сиденья с
встроенной защитой от плетевых травм,
двухпороговые подушки безопасности для
всех пассажиров, а также надуваемые
занавесы IC для защиты головы. При
столкновении занавесы наполняются газом
и остаются в таком состоянии в течение
времени, достаточного для непрерывной
защиты и удержания людей в салоне при
авариях с несколькими ударами.
Моторная гамма VolvoS80 состоит из большого
количества силовых агрегатов. Среди них
бензиновые объемом от 1,6 до 3,2 литра и
мощностью от 180 до 243 л. с., а также
дизельные рабочим объемом от 1,6 до 2,4
литра и мощностью от 115 до 215 «лошадок».
Работать двигатели могут как с
механической, так и с автоматической
2011 Volvo S40 Review - Volvo of Tempe
Volvo took the classic look and added a sporty twist to it making the 2011
Volvo S40 innovative with its unique style and great features. Check out
the all new 2011 Volvo S40 while Caitlin gives you an inside look of this
stylish compact vehicle. Volvo of Tempe sells all the latest Volvo models
including C30, C70 Coupes, S40, S60, S80 Sedans, V50 Wagons, and the XC60,
XC70, XC90 Crossovers.
For more information on this vehicle, go to https://volvooftempe.com or
call us at (480) 222-5400.