Does anyone still want an estate car? The inexorable, illogical rise of the SUV and its crossover cousin might have displaced it as the default family car, but in a year bookended by rude shocks – the death of David Bowie, the ascension of Donald Trump – there’s something reassuring about the humble station wagon. … [Read more…]
New 5-serios rival comes no more stripped back than this: front-wheel drive, sub-200bhp diesel, non-air suspension. And still it’s brilliant With drive-free rear wheels, mechanical springs (albeit of a novel composite and transverse leafy nature at the back) and a lowly four-cylinder diesel behind that striking, P1800-inspired grille, the new-generation family Volvo comes no more … [Read more…]
BOSSES at Geely have hinted that the Chinese firm’s subsidiary Volvo could build more sporting versions of its cars in the future. Speaking at the reveal of the new S90 Excellence (right), Geely chairman Shufu Li confirmed recent speculation that his company had been in contact with British sports car maker Lotus, but denied suggestions … [Read more…]
Large estate arrives in its most potent diesel form and with all-wheel drive The V90 marks the return of the classic big Volvo estate, albeit remodelled for modern tastes. Together with the S90 saloon, the V90 follows the XC90 in continuing the Chinese-owned car makers reinvention. Volvo UK’s policy is to keep its model range … [Read more…]
VOLVO IS ON track to sell significantly more SUVs and crossovers than any other type of vehicle by the end of the decade, according to Peter Mertens, the brand’s research and development boss. Speaking at the unveiling of the new V90 Cross Country, Mertens said the arrival of the XC40compact crossover in early 2018 would … [Read more…]
The fight to the best executive holdball just got fiercer with the arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate and Volvo V90. Can Audi’s A6 Avant keep them at bay? This is how interesting Volvo is at the minute. Everyone involved in this test, bar me, has been calling it the ‘Volvo V90 triple … [Read more…]
There has never been a Volvo like the P1800, for this was a one-time flight of fancy by the sober Swedes, who already had a reputation for building sensible sedans. As a sports car the P1800 certainly looked stunning, every sensuous curve and lean line suggesting athletic prowess. But under that sharp exterior was most … [Read more…]
Forever associated with the TV Saint, the Volvo P1800 was well publicized by its appearance as Simon Templar’s wheels in The Saint, starring Roger Moore. In fact, Volvo supplied several P1800 coupes for the long-running production, each in turn wearing the number plate ST 1, after Jaguar refused to offer an E-Type.