Volvo has launched a new R-Design version of its V40, with a host of upgrades that improve the dynamic looks and sportiness of its new compact hatchback.
What do you think of when you picture Volvo? Think towing a caravan on the A303 with a tailback longer than the Seine? Think accident-prone old biddy drivers with brown leather driving gloves? Think again..
During the last few months we’ve immersed ourselves in several of Volvo’s most dynamic new models, to learn about how the marque is positioned in 2012 and why you might chose to buy one rather than its more prolific German competitors.
After well over three decades of driving I might (finally) be showing signs of growing up. Not because I’m reviewing a new Volvo, although I’ll come back to that somewhat jaded stereotype a little later. Instead I’m learning to value cars which manage to tick a multitude of boxes, treading that fine line between usability and fun.
Following last week’s news of Polestar’s Performance Concept Project (PCP) S60, the team has released a short film of its unveiling at the Gothenburg City race arena on June 16th.
Just over a month after our review of Volvo’s hottest production model, V60 T6 AWD R-Design Polestar, the folks at Polestar look to have answered all of our criticisms with their new S60 Polestar, previewed at the Gothenburg City Arena race last weekend.
For the first time ever a convoy of self-driven cars has operated on a public motorway among other road users, the historic test carried out a motorway outside Barcelona, Spain saw the cars wirelessly linked to a lead vehicle covering a distance of 200km.
Our time spent recently with Volvo’s V60 T6 Polestar got me thinking – is there a better all-round model in Volvo’s range? The T6 Polestar ticks plenty of boxes, but after driving around in a diesel for the past 4-years the T6’s mid-20s fuel consumption came as something of a shock.
There was a time when owning a Volvo was considered cool – the year was 1994 and Volvo had teamed up with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) to contest the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
To help raise the brand’s profile, Volvo originally chose the 850 Estate, which they reasoned would generate the most media exposure.
In building the ideal record breaking vehicle we probably wouldn’t start with a truck. Neither would we choose a Volvo. Or fit it with a hybrid powerplant. But when we hear it’s called ‘Mean Green’, perhaps we need to take a closer look at its performance credentials and find out what it can do.
I predicted last week that the launch of the Volvo V40 will be a more significant event for most of us than Ferrari’s F620, which is officially unveiled tomorrow.
Due to be officially unveiled on 28th February, Volvo’s new compact family hatchback has been outed in these leaked images revealed today.