Volvo XC70 (2007)


Volvo XC70

The Volvo XC70 was developed in parallel with the second-generation Volvo V70 and was launched in autumn 2000, badged as the Volvo V70 XC. It was not Volvo's first Cross Country model, but it did give the XC concept a stronger profile than before. The Volvo XC70 is a robust and flexible car designed for enhanced freedom of movement and demanding conditions.

The Volvo XC70 features electronically controlled All-Wheel Drive. It has the ability to make its way on very poor roads, even when towing a horse-box or boat trailer.

Design

Cross Country - five-door estate car offering enhanced flexibility.

The Volvo XC70 has much in common with the Volvo V70, with a gently rounded nose section, a roof line that extends straight all the way to the rear of the car and an abrupt tail section. However, the higher ground clearance, larger tyres and specially designed panels and protective shields give the XC model a tough profile all its own. The grille too is unique to the Volvo XC70. The tail lamps follow Volvo's modern form and sweep up towards the roof panel. The body, haunches and track are far wider than in previous XC models, in order to promote a more powerful stance, reassuring driving manners and a spacious interior.

Thanks to Volvo's powertrain concept based on a transversely installed in-line engine, the driver's compartment has been able to be located far forward. As a result, the passenger compartment benefits from generous length, offering plenty of space for five occupants and bulky luggage. Each passenger seat features a fold-flat backrest. The rear seat in the Volvo XC70 features a three-way split for maximum flexibility. With the seats folded down, the load compartment floor is entirely flat.

Volvo XC70 Surf Rescue Concept (2007)


Volvo XC70 Surf Rescue Concept

It's only fitting that a SEMA concept car from Volvo be focused on safety. It's a natural fit. Yet 2007 marks the first year that Volvo has built a SEMA vehicle with a specific safety theme: enter the Volvo XC70 Surf Rescue (SR). Inspired by the surf rescue vehicles rolling up and down the Southern California beaches, the XC70 SR embodies Volvo's core value of protecting life in a bold and eye-catching concept that made its world debut at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow.

As with every SEMA concept from Volvo, all of the XC70 SR's standard safety equipment is intact and functioning. The 2008 Volvo XC70 is all new and incorporates the leading edge of passive and preventative safety systems.

"We developed the all-new XC70 with the goal that it should be the safest vehicle in its segment," says Ingrid Skogsmo, Director of Volvo Cars Safety Center. "The XC70 model shares the same sophisticated network of interacting safety systems as the all-new Volvo S80. The patented body structure absorbs energy in a highly efficient way. And the interior safety system includes the latest generation of side airbags and whiplash protection. Furthermore, we are introducing a world innovation in the field of child safety."

In a true demonstration of versatility of the family/adventure XC70, Volvo combines a height-adjustable integrated booster cushion - a world's first - with an extended inflatable curtain to provide the industry's best passenger safety system for precious cargo in the rear seat.

Volvo S40 (2008)


Volvo S40

With dynamic design, high quality and class-leading safety, the Volvo S40 saloon is a true Volvo and one that asserts a unique identity in the growing premium compact class.

Boasting a four-door bodyshell in a sector currently dominated by three or five-door alternatives, it appeals to younger customers who demand a car that combines the practicality of a four-door saloon with the style, comfort and refinement afforded by a premium marque.

"Premium car buyers might opt for a smaller model, but they won't accept compromises," said Hans-Olov Olsson, the CEO and President of Volvo Car Corporation at the S40's launch at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2003. "Thankfully, with the Volvo S40, they won't have to."

The Volvo S40 is available in S, SE, SE Lux, R-DESIGN Sport and R-DESIGN SE Sport trim levels, with engines ranging from 1.6-litre petrol and diesel to the high-performance five-cylinder, 2.5-litre T5, and including three new options for 2007: a 2.0-litre, 145 PS, four-cylinder petrol, the 2.4-litre, 180 PS, five-cylinder D5 turbodiesel and the environmentally friendly 1.8 Flexifuel engine.

The S40 saloon is produced at Volvo's Ghent plant in Belgium, and since it arrived in UK showrooms in early 2004 it has become one of Volvo's most popular models in the UK - the second best-selling model in the range in 2007 (1st V50, 3rd XC90) - with 4,688 cars sold, while globally Volvo sold a total of 63,062 S40's in 2007.

Volvo V50 (2008)


Volvo V50

The V50 Sportswagon belongs to Volvo's versatile V-range, along with the Volvo V70, and is produced at Volvo's plant in Ghent, Belgium alongside the V70 estate and S40 and S60 saloons. In the UK, in its first full year on sale in 2005, 7547 V50s were sold, making it Volvo's best-selling model; globally it is the company's second best-selling model (after the XC90).

The Volvo V50 is a thoroughly modern Sportswagon. Stylish and dynamic with typically simple Scandinavian style, yet versatile and great value compared with many other premium brands, it appeals to customers who need a Sportswagon to enhance their active lives.

"The emphasis has been placed on attractive design and a sense of sportiness," says Volvo Cars' President and CEO Hans-Olov Olsson, "with a practical 'bonus' of extra luggage space."

While instantly recognisable as a member of the modern Volvo family, this Sportswagon asserts its own strong identity. Viewed from above, the Volvo V50 has a boat shape with a curved front tapering down to the rear, and this, coupled with its cab-forward proportions, helps to emphasise its sporting aspirations. While the stacked rear lamps and near-vertical tailgate are familiar, the car has a softer, more sculptured rear end than a more traditional estate, such as the Volvo V70. Subtle modifications to the grille and front fog lamps also help differentiate it from its saloon car sibling, the Volvo S40.

Volvo V70 (2008)


Volvo V70

The all-new Volvo V70 is a versatile, luxurious estate car designed both for demanding families and keen drivers. Larger, roomier, sportier, more functional and more environmentally friendly than the outgoing Volvo V70, the new model takes styling cues from its hugely successful predecessor. Yet every body panel, as well as the vehicle's chassis architecture, is new.

With its sleeker and more athletic lines, rakish windscreen, blacked-out side pillars, C30-inspiried taillights and dynamic tailgate angle, the V70's head-turning style hints at its newfound on-road dynamism.

Load-carrying space is bigger, by 55 litres, and boot access is better than on the outgoing Volvo V70. This is partly because the upright tail-lights have moved from the rear pillars to the tailgate, so the opening is bigger than ever. A powered tailgate - for both opening and closing - is available for extra convenience.

The cabin is also completely new. It's roomier than the previous V70 - front seat, back seat and rear load space have all grown - and higher quality, with superior trim and many more interior features, including an ingenious new 40:20:40 split rear seat that allows long items to be carried while two adult passengers are sitting comfortably in the back.

'The V70 is the heart and soul of the Volvo brand, the vehicle that, more than any other, defines us as a maker of premium, practical and safe Swedish cars,' says president and CEO of Volvo Cars Fredrik Arp. 'Volvo is the world leader in the large estate car segment. We pioneered this market more than 50 years ago and we are determined to continue to dominate. On so many fronts, the all-new Volvo V70 is a crucial model for us. On so many levels, the all-new V70 wins as the supreme estate car.'

Volvo V70 Police car (2008)

Volvo V70 Police car (2008)
Volvo V70 R-Design (2008)


Volvo V70 R-Design

The best-selling Volvo V70 becomes the fifth Volvo model to be offered with the sporty factory-fitted R-Design option pack. This further cements Volvo Cars' aim to offer unique products to particularly discerning customers.

The Volvo V70 estate car is for many people the very essence of Volvo: practical, safe and exuding Scandinavian elegance. The R-Design pack spotlights a new dimension: impassioned, extrovert and challenging.

"Increasing numbers of customers want cars that express individual taste and style. Volvo Cars has therefore created the R-Design option pack to add a refined sporty look to the other attractive characteristics of our products," says Gerry Keaney, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars.

Comprehensive package

The R-Design pack for the Volvo V70 boasts a wide range of eye-catching features. For example door mirror housings and grille detailing in silk metal finish, chrome exhaust tailpipe and specially designed 18-inch aluminium wheels. On the inside it is primarily the purposeful, sporty leather-clad seats in black and cool Nordic Ceramic Light that catch the eye - together with the various aluminium details. From the instrument panel's aluminium inlays to the centre console and door sides, there is a milled circular décor pattern that spreads like ripples in water.

"The décor pattern in the aluminium details gives the interior a very special, modern character. The pattern symbolises how the dynamic R-Design characterises the entire car, linking together the seats' ribbed surfaces and the exterior's multitude of detailing in a silk metal finish," says Maria Thunberg, manager of Colour & Trim, Volvo V70 R-Design.

Volvo XC70 (2008)


Volvo XC70

Volvo's boldly styled and intelligently configured Volvo XC70 AWD (all-wheel-drive) estate offers significantly improved levels of all-road-all-weather ability and an engaging driving experience combined with class-leading safety features, load-carrying versatility and refined passenger comfort.

It's eye-catching new sporty design, headlined by its raked windscreen and tailgate angles, blacked-out side pillars and C30-inspired taillights, are complemented by its tough and practical off-road styling.

Externally, the Volvo XC70 is higher than the V70 estate by 57mm and longer by 15mm and the car features hard-wearing scratchproof cladding which runs along the XC70's flanks and around the wheelarches. Other external features include chunkier redesigned bumpers and chromed front and rear scuff plates that shield the cars nose and tail during more arduous off-road work.

The Volvo XC70 is designed to be the perfect motoring accompaniment to an outdoor lifestyle. It offers great comfort and luxury for five adults yet has more than enough carrying space for items such as mountain bikes, skis and other sporting equipment.

This unique blend of abilities has made the XC70 range a great success since it was first introduced in 1996, pioneering a whole new type of car.

The latest version gets stronger performance, better handling, greater carrying capacity and versatility, more cabin space and comfort, and greater off-road ability. It is also the first Volvo XC70 available with a six-cylinder engine, boosting performance and mechanical refinement. The most elegant and upmarket XC70 yet, it has improved styling, cabin luxury and equipment.

Volvo C30 DRIVe (2009)


Volvo C30 DRIVe

At Paris Motor Show in early October 2008, Volvo Cars is presenting economical new diesel variants of the C30, S40 and V50 models with fuel consumption of just 4.4 litres/100 km (C30) or 4.5 litres/100 km (S40 and V50). The corresponding CO2 figures of 115 and 118 g/km mean that the C30 and V50 have best-in-class CO2 emissions in their segments. All three models - the C30, S40 and V50 - are equipped with a special set of efficiency-enhancing features and marked with the DRIVe emblem to signal their uprated environmental properties.

The DRIVe models are based on the Volvo C30 Efficiency concept car that was shown at the Frankfurt motor show in October 2007. The measures adopted to reduce CO2 emissions that were presented then will be in production before the end of the year in the C30, S40 and the V50.

"We wanted to demonstrate that low CO2 ratings are not solely the preserve of small diesel cars. By offering the Volvo V50 DRIVe with emission levels below 120 g CO2/km, we are also making it possible for families and other customers who require extra space to make an active pro-environmental choice," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Fredrik Arp.

Volvo S40 DRIVe (2009)


Volvo S40 DRIVe

At the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Volvo Cars presented economical new diesel variants of the C30, S40 and V50 models with fuel consumption of just 4.4 litres/100 km (C30) or 4.5 litres/100 km (S40 and V50). The corresponding CO2 figures of 115 and 118 g/km mean that the C30 and V50 have best-in-class CO2 emissions in their segments. All three models - the C30, S40 and V50 - are equipped with a special set of efficiency-enhancing features and marked with the DRIVe emblem to signal their uprated environmental properties.

The DRIVe models are based on the Volvo C30 Efficiency concept car that was shown at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The measures adopted to reduce CO2 emissions that were presented then will be in production before the end of the year in the C30, S40 and the V50.

"We wanted to demonstrate that low CO2 ratings are not solely the preserve of small diesel cars. By offering the Volvo V50 DRIVe with emission levels below 120 g CO2/km, we are also making it possible for families and other customers who require extra space to make an active pro-environmental choice," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Fredrik Arp.

Holistic approach to eco-performance

The reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions was brought about by meticulously analysing the cars' total potential for more efficient, more economical driving. The cars were then optimised within four distinct areas: