By on December 28, 2008

These are the stock wheels on two special edition “green” Volvos in Europe. What do you think of ye olde Swedish rims?

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33 Comments on “Volvo’s Got Nice Wheels?...”


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    LALoser

    They look to be from the same design skool that did the Acura snout…*shudder*.

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    Detroit Todd

    Nice rimming, Swedes!

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    Yeesh…now I know why the aerodynamic wheels from yesteryear have slots around the outer rim of a flat disk.

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    Lynchenstein

    Nice, until they get scratched.
    Lots of wheel area seems to be the other way of differentiating a hybrid (see the Hybrid Civic wheels), the main way is with “wedgy” styling.

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    john.fritz

    Meh.

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    Bridge2far

    Absolutely hideous.

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    Deepsouth

    Reminds me of a blade used in a food processor. Wonder if Cuisinart offers a similiar pattern to effectively slice and dice?

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    psarhjinian

    Reminds me of a blade used in a food processor. Wonder if Cuisinart offers a similiar pattern to effectively slice and dice?

    Damn, beat me to the Cuisinart reference…

  • avatar
    asickmf

    ugly

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    Not bad. At least they don’t look like all the others out there. I would probably buy them.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    It’s been progress in reverse for Volvo since the 240 got discontinued.

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    Michael Ayoub

    Awesome.

  • avatar
    unleashed

    One of those “what were they thinking” cases.

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    arapaima

    I like them; they have a nice geometric design to them.

  • avatar
    Your old pal Bob

    They slice, they dice, they make perfect julienne fries. Now how much would you pay?

    Anybody? SAIC?

  • avatar
    Flipper

    From the owners manual:

    “With just a push of a button pesky parking-boots are sliced away, letting you drive off”

  • avatar
    Dr Lemming

    Flipper: COTD.

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    ZoomZoom

    Good one, Flipper!

    Whatever happened to those “spinners” that people used to buy? Those things always looked cheap and goofy because there would always be that sticky one that would stop spinning long before the others.

    Me, I’ve never understood the fascination people have with rims. I’ve even seen “rent-to-own” wheel stores! One guy I know rented his rims from such a place, and put them on his 12-year-old Mercedes. Now THAT is financial insanity. But then, he also installed about $40,000 of audio equipment. That was before he added televisions in the back seats.

    The single time I replaced my rims was when I had my Miata. I had a 2 am Saturday morning blowout on the freeway, and had to throw the bad tire into the trunk. Word to the wise: always always always keep some heavy-duty bungie-cords or an emergency length of rope in your trunk! I’m glad I had them that day!

    Anyhow, I drove the remaining 75 miles or so on the doughnut spare; very slowly. I kept my speed between 45 and 50, because I thought the remaining drive was longer than the life-expectancy of the spare.

    Thankfully, I made it to my parents’ house okay, and in the light of the next day, I saw that whatever I had hit had literally TORN the edge of the rim as if it were aluminum foil, destroying the bead of the tire with the rim. I’m fairly sure I didn’t hit an obstruction. I was driving clear-headed that night, and besides, it was a rear tire.

    To make a long story short, we couldn’t find a replacement rim for that model-year Miata, but a few days later, my father found a set of four newer-model-year rims from another Miata. Cheap too, because the guy had bought his own fancy after-market rims and didn’t want to store his factory rims through the dead of winter.

    His factory rims did look better than my originals, but honestly, the difference was minor and I would have never thought to change them had I never had the blowout.

    There’s just too much else to spend my money on, whether I want to or not…

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    fincar1

    “One guy I know rented his rims from such a place, and put them on his 12-year-old Mercedes. Now THAT is financial insanity. But then, he also installed about $40,000 of audio equipment. That was before he added televisions in the back seats.”

    Har har – that reminds me of the neighbor’s kid who bought a 56 Chevy with no engine or transmission. He ran an extension cord from the house and would sit in the car and listen to his stereo. Don’t think he ever got the car running.

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    eh_political

    Not unlike the rims on the Civic hybrid, and the 09 Fit LX in Canada, but more minimalist. The Civic/Fit rims are shit, btw with places on the inside of the rim for lots of dirt and grime to accumulate, throwing off balance, etc.

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    NICKNICK

    hmmm…looks like they’re using a lot more aluminum than is necessary for making a wheel. doesn’t seem so green to me.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Honda Civic Hybrid rims

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    Moon discs would be a vast improvement

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    I kind of like them, but they remind me of the Chrysler logo.

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    IGB

    They look easy to clean.

    As I age, this seems to become more important than aesthetics.

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    ZoomZoom

    IGB :

    They look easy to clean.

    As I age, this seems to become more important than aesthetics.

    I hadn’t thought of that, but it’s an excellent point!

    My Bimmer’s front wheels would get filthy-nasty-dirty; like factory smokestack dirty!

    My Prius’s use of regenerative braking has pretty much made cleaning my wheels a non-issue; so I’m thankful for that.

  • avatar
    Michael Ayoub

    It’s true what eh_political said, re: the Fit wheels. They get dirty.

    For me, the only reason I would buy aftermarket wheels is to save weight. :)

  • avatar
    mtypex

    Volvo has to do SOMETHING different. Their sales are shrinking in the bottom of the jar.

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    JMII

    They look heavy.

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    What’s more “green?” Is it unsprung weight (less mass to get rolling) or aerodynamics? Can this wheel offer both? And if it really does make thousands of julienne fries, then it’s probably a trifecta. In which case, Thomas Friedman will pen an article in the New York Times stating that we should tax it.

  • avatar
    JTParts

    Me like grated cheese.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    Is is just me, or did the image of these wheels bring Cannabis leaves to mind for anyone else?

  • avatar
    golf4me

    Are you guys on vacation today or what? What’s the latest on GMAC? Hello? Bueller?

    Oh, and those wheels are hideous. I can’t remember the last time Volvo put a decent wheel on thier cars, either. Though to be fair, that’s not really their MO, and I haven’t even looked twice at a Volvo since they moved away from RWD anyway.


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