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Volvo Make Overview

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Volvo C30 Overview
2013 - 2007 (used)
Volvo C70 Overview
2013 - 1998 (used)
Volvo S40 Overview
2011 - 1995 (used)
Volvo V50 Overview
2011 - 2005 (used)
Volvo V70 Overview
2010 - 1998 (used)


Volvo Questions


What Causes Water To Beon The Drivers Side Floorboard??

Transmission replaced recently. Now the Drivers side floor board gets wet/very damp..

10 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 hours ago)

I Have A Volvo V40, 2000 With 75k Miles. It Now Needs A Lot Of Repairs (tim...

volvo v40 wagon 2000 75K miles

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Does Anyone Have A Problem Starting 2004 Volvo C70 That Stalls Within One S...

My 2004 Volvo C70 has had this problem since I bought it used in 2008. When you start the car it runs for about a second then shuts off. It will repeat this at least two times, and then you have to wa...

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What Is The Life Of The 1998 Volvo S70 T5

56 views with 6 answers (last answer about a day ago)

I Have A 1989 Volvo 740 Gle Auto Trans 4 Cyl. St. Wgn With A Dual 16 Valve ...

I bought this car used and it had all the paperwork of maintenance at a dealer's shop saying everything was up to date. For some reason, the first time I had the timing belt repaired (by an independ...

17 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 days ago)

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Volvo 340 Volvo 360 Volvo 440
Volvo 460 Volvo 480 Volvo 66
Volvo 740 Volvo 760 Volvo 780
Volvo 850 Volvo 940 Volvo 960
Volvo Amazon Volvo Coupe Volvo P1800
Volvo PV444 Volvo PV544 Volvo S60 R
Volvo S90 Volvo V40 Volvo V70 R
Volvo V90 Volvo XC

Volvo History

The word "Volvo" is almost synonymous with "safety." Features such as safety cages and advanced crumple zones have helped to save thousands of lives and create legions of dedicated Volvo fans. As Volvo has evolved, the car manufacturer has continued to create safe and comfortable cars, while most recently seeking to gain a reputation for style as well.

*The Number Names*
Volvo used to use a series of numbers to describe their cars. The first number was the series, the second was the number of cylinders, and the third was the number of doors. However, by the early nineties, they had moved away from using these strictly, ending most models with a zero. The smaller sedans at that time were the 240, the 740, the 780, the 850, and the 940. The larger sedans were the 760 and 960. These cars were all known as being safe and comfortable, but also boxy and relatively unattractive.

*New Styles, New Names*
In 1997, Volvo began to transition to a new way of naming their cars. The models now start with a letter: "S" for sedan, "C" for coupe, "V" for versatile, and "XC" for cross-country. The size of the car is indicated by the following numbers, with bigger numbers representing larger sedans.

*The Affordable Volvos*
Volvo put out some new, less prohibitively expensive models to win over a younger audience. The S40 and V40 offer buyers the same level of safety, luxury, and comfort they'd find in higher-end Volvos, but in slightly toned-down versions for a much lower price. Similarly, the sporty V50 offers buyers a slightly larger option.

*Mid-Size Sedans*
In the midsize category, the S60 represents the smallest of the midsize vehicles. The S70 and V70, which replaced the highly popular 850 model, rounded out the set.

*Full-Size Sedans*
Volvo's higher end is now represented by the luxurious S80, V90, and S90. Each model has won awards for safety and gets consistently rated near the top of its class for safety and comfort.

*A Sporty Volvo?!*
Volvos certainly are more stylish today, and the fresher styling has produced a couple of nice-looking sporty coupes and convertibles. The C70 is available as either a coupe or convertible. Redesigned in 2006, this coupe remains a very successful addition to the Volvo line.

*Off-Roading Volvos*
Volvo offers several all-wheel-drive vehicles, as well as a couple of SUVs. The S60-R and V70-R each offers consumers a choice of AWD on their sedans and wagons. The XC70 and C90 are true SUVs. The XC series is designed to compete with other luxury SUVs, such as the Mercedes M class and Lexus RX.