1 Volvo 240 (1975–1993) If there was a car that defined boxy but beautiful, it would have to be the Volvo. These machines were so square that the later higher-powered versions became known as turbo bricks. These 240 turbo models were quick, hitting 60 mph in less than 8 seconds—not bad for 1985. But all 240s are known for exemplary reliability, safety, and roominess. The trunks are incredibly large for such a diminutive car, a fact that's especially true for the wagons, which could swallow 71 cubic feet of stuff with the rear seat down. Hey, right angles are perfect for fitting lots of gear. And don't forget: Volvo 240s were rated to tow 3300 pounds. A modern Jeep Wrangler needs a "tow package" to handle as much. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2 BMW M3 (1988–1991) The E30 BMW, otherwise known as the generation of 3-Series that ran from 1984 to 1991, was an icon for the '80s and a design blueprint for other … [Read more...] about The 25 Greatest Boxy Cars of All Time
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Today may be Back to the Future Day, but Volvo is waiting until the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show next month to unveil its “time machine.”At least, that’s how Volvo is coyly describing the concept car it plans to unveil in L.A. on November 18. While details are scarce, the concept apparently won’t feature gullwing doors, a flux capacitor, or the ability to transport its driver to situations that could lead to time paradoxes.“You won’t be able to go back in time,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, head of the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center,” but when our planned concept is applied to an SPA-based vehicle, it has the potential of giving significant time back to drivers.” So this concept will really be more of a “time-saving machine” than a “time machine.”It may also preview an upcoming Volvo production model. SPA is the shorthand for Scalable Product Architecture, the modular platform that debuted with the 2016 … [Read more...] about Volvo teases ‘time machine’ concept for 2015 LA Auto Show
Volvo is campaigning an S60 sedan in the Australian touring-car series known as V8 Supercars and, as with every manufacturer that goes racing, there’s the hope that the program will imbue Volvo’s road cars with the high-performance spirit.Australia’s Motoring reports that the Swedish carmaker is considering a high-performance production model inspired by its V8 Supercars racer. Such a car would have German stalwarts like the BMW M5 in its sights.Volvo research and development chief Peter Mertens told Motoring that the steroidal Swedish sports sedan is imminent, but probably won’t arrive for some time.The company is concentrating on the rollout of its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will form the basis for most of its future models and was previewed by three glorious concept cars – the Concept Coupe, Concept XC Coupe, and Concept Estate – at recent auto shows.While it forms the basis of Volvo’s V8 Supercars racer and the … [Read more...] about Could Volvo’s V8 Supercar racer inspire a road-going super sedan?
Volvo is known around the world as a pioneer in automotive safety, and it recently emerged as one of the most design-focused brands in the industry. What many people are surprised to learn is that the Swedish company is also a leader in the field of car audio.For example, did you know the sleek-looking C70 coupe was the first car to offer a factory-fitted surround sound system when it debuted in 1997? More recently, Volvo teamed up with England-based Bowers & Wilkins to design an audio system so advanced it’s capable of streaming a live performance by the National Orchestra of Sweden. Digital Trends went behind the scenes in the company’s underground sound lab to find out what went into developing the system.Deeply-rooted soundDon’t be fooled by marketing gimmicks; developing a world-class audio system is more complicated than simply jamming thousands of watts and a dozen speakers into a car. As part of its quest to bring human-centric tech to the market, Volvo … [Read more...] about Bowers & Wilkins helped Volvo create a symphony orchestra that fits in your dashboard
Volvo isn’t really known for performance vehicles, but it has some pretty insane machines in its fleet.Earlier this year, Volvo Trucks (which is actually a separate entity from Volvo Cars) unveiled the Iron Knight, a 2,400-horsepower race truck with a top speed of 171 mph. Perhaps because there are so few trucks out there with twice the power of a Bugatti Veyron, Volvo Trucks decided to pit the Iron Knight against a race car, a matchup you can see in the above video.The car lining up against the Iron Knight was another Volvo, the S60 Polestar TC1. It’s a race car built to compete in the Europe-based World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), and loosely based on the S60 Polestar sports sedan. It uses a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 400hp. It may be down on power, but the S60 weighs just 2,425 pounds, while the Iron Knight is closer to 10,000 pounds. The two vehicles reach 62 mph from a standstill in exactly the same amount of time: 4.6 seconds.For this … [Read more...] about Volvo pits its Iron Knight race truck against S60 Polestar TC1 race car
Hold onto your hats Swedish motoring fans, because Volvo is set to enter the Australian V8 Supercar racing series for 2014.If you’re not familiar with V8 Supercar, it’s an Australian racing series that historically pits V8-powered Holden (Australian General Motors brand) and Ford racecars against one another in rear-wheel drive warfare on a road course.In the last few years, V8 Supercar gained world notoriety for the both the power of its cars and the skill of its drivers, which made for some exciting racing indeed.Last week we reported that rumors pegged the safety-obsessed automaker as the newest entrant in the infamous racing series, although Volvo itself denied such claims. Now, however, Volvo is ready to make it official and released the video you see above.This isn’t Volvo’s first foray into Australian racing. It has run several in the past. In fact, Volvo won the Bathurst in 1998 after having won the entire Australian Touring Car Championship in 1986.What … [Read more...] about Swede for speed: Pumped up Polestar Volvo to race in V8 Supercar 2014
Google isn’t the only corporation trying to pitch self-driving cars to the average commuter. Volvo plans to introduce a car that can drive itself through a traffic jam in 2014. What the company calls “traffic jam assistance” will allow a car to automatically follow the vehicle in front at low speeds.Traffic jam assistance is an outgrowth of Volvo’s Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Aid Technology. Both systems allow a car to act on its own in limited circumstances, but traffic jam assistance will give the machine more control.Like Adaptive Cruise Control, traffic jam assistance maintains a set distance from the car in front. However, the new system works at slower speeds (under 31 mph). When the system is used, a car can accelerate, steer, and brake itself without any driver involvement.The system, which is activated with the push of a button, might inspire thoughts of Christine, or KITT’s evil twin, KARR. Volvo says this new technology is just here to … [Read more...] about Volvo traffic jam assistance brings self-driving cars one step closer
Sometimes, the best things in life are unexpected. Volvo is known as a purveyor of safe and sensible Swedish cars, but this electric blue machine bucks the trend. Volvo, along with Polestar Performance, took an S60 sedan and gave it 508 horsepower to create the insane S60 Polestar concept.Unveiled at the Gothenburg City Race over the weekend, the Polestar started life as a normal S60 T6. Polestar, which makes aftermarket performance parts for Volvos, turned up the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six’s boost, and reinforced the rest of the engine to handle the extra power. Strengthened connecting rods, as well as modified heads, combustion chambers, inlet manifold, and intake allow the souped-up engine to produce 508 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque without blowing up.The result is a four-door sedan that can do zero to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.9 seconds, and top out at over 180 mph. To put things in perspective, that’s faster than a BMW M3 sedan, which has a 4.0-liter … [Read more...] about Volvo S60 Polestar: Is this 508 hp Swede too hot for the street?
The next chapter in Volvo’s renaissance has begun at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. The Swedish company has just unveiled the second-generation XC60 at the event, which is poised to shake up the compact luxury crossover segment just like the XC90 did for SUVs. (Read our XC60 review here.)Up front, the crossover receives sharp headlights with T-shaped LED daytime running lights that are connected to the grille. Out back, the tail lights stretch well into the hatch by adopting an L shape. It seems like Volvo has kept its promise of not replacing its design department with a Xerox machine as its German rivals have done.The XC60 is built on the same modular platform that underpins the bigger S90, XC90, and V90 Cross Country models. Volvo has previously made it clear it’s done building cars powered by large-displacement engines, so the XC60’s top mill will be a 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid setup that benefits from both a supercharger and a turbocharger. Volvo calls … [Read more...] about Volvo’s next-gen XC60 will turn heads with its Swedish style at Geneva show
China is growing so fast it’s sometimes difficult to get different sources to even agree which the biggest cities are and how many people live in them. But that said, among them is a name unfamiliar to most Americans, the city of Hangzhou, located in eastern China, and home to 8.7 million as of 2010. That would make it the biggest city in the U.S. even though it’s barely a third the size of Shanghai, the world’s largest. But Hangzhou isn’t just big, it’s also home to an ambitious experiment that combines electric vehicles, giant vending machines and a Zipcar-like business model. Oh, and if it works, private car ownership as we know it is probably going to disappear in the world’s biggest cities. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock The Chinese have begun to fall in love with the automobile as prosperity has rained down over the past two decades. But with that love affair has come some of the world’s worst air … [Read more...] about Kandi Crush: An Electric-Car Vending Machine From China Could Upend The Auto Industry