The Truth About Cars » volvo v40 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:45:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » volvo v40 China’s Geely Will Export Vehicles Jointly Developed With Volvo to North America. U.S. Dealers & Volvo Sales Arm Want V60, V40 Wagons Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:30:03 +0000 GeelyLiShufu660

Geely founder and chairman, Li Shufu

Last week we reported the Geely and Volvo, which is owned by the Chinese car company, will be jointly developing cars and there was speculation if those cars would be sold in America. Now Bloomberg reports that some of those cars will indeed be exported to the United States. That would achieve the goal of Geely chairman Li Shufu that he set when Geely first showed product at the 2006 NAIAS in Detroit. At the same time, Volvo dealers in the U.S. and the company’s American sales unit have been trying to get more Swedish made Volvos shipped here.

Gui Shengyue, current CEO of Geely, said in an interview last week, “Our acquisition of Volvo enhanced our image and overseas consumers are seeing us as an international company. Our deliveries in U.S. and Europe will be banking on those jointly developed models.”

Li had early said he wanted to keep the two brands separate lest concerns over Chinese quality taint the Volvo brand. Apparently he’s changed his mind and wants some of Volvo’s safety and luxury cachet to boost Geely’s image in the eyes of global consumers.

Geely still plans on becoming China’s biggest car exporter this year with anticipated exports of 180,000 units, up from just over 100,000 last year. Chery is currently the leading exporter with 184,000 units shipped last year.

Chinese automakers have expanded capacity to the point where they will be able to make 40 million cars and light trucks by 2015. With a projected domestic demand of 27 million, those automakers are looking to export. Gui said that Geely hopes to have 60% of its revenue from overseas sales by 2018.

Meanwhile in North America, Volvo dealers and the Swedish automaker’s U.S. sales division spent a year trying to get the home office to change their mind and bring the V60 station wagon to this market. Previously Volvo had announced that they would not be selling the V60 in this country but now that model will go on sale here next January. Tassos Panas, head of marketing and product development at Volvo Cars of North America, has told the Automotive News that he’ll now start lobbying Volvo brass about bringing the V40 five door to America. Station wagons have long been an important part of the Volvo brand in North America and the current Volvo lineup in the United States does not include a proper station wagon, just the XC 60, 70 and 90 CUVs.

“The V40 is a great small vehicle, and we would love to have it here,” Panas said. “It is not currently in our plan but that does not stop me. I am constantly talking about making that a reality.” The V40 would have to be modified to meet U.S. motor vehicle safety standards. The current V40 is based on a platform of Ford’s from whom Geely bought Volvo. The next generation V40 will likely be one of the jointly developed Geely/Volvo products.

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Volvo V40 Cross Country; We May Actually Get This Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:40:57 +0000

Apparently, the Volvo V40 isn’t being imported to North America; but nobody said the Cross Country wasn’t coming here, did they?

The iconic V70 ended up being usurped by the XC60. The V50 wagon was effectively replaced by the XC60. And with Audi, BMW and Mercedes offering entry-level compact luxury cars (the A3, X1 and the upcoming A/B-Class), Volvo has an opening for their own entry. The V40 Cross Country is a bit more crossover-esque than the standard V40, but the upshot is available all-wheel drive.

Powertrains include three diesels (not going to happen, sorry) and two gasoline engines; a 1.6L 4-cylinder, which is unlikely to come here, and Volvo’s venerable 2.5L 5-cylinder turbocharged engine. If the V40 drives anything like the XC60, then the 2.5L with AWD would be a very compelling package. Fingers crossed.

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Volvo Changes Its Mind, V40 Will Come Here Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:40:56 +0000

CORRECTION: Some bad information has gotten out – no V40 for us.

The V40, along with a planned XC40 crossover will make their way stateside, ostensibly to compete with new compact entries from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. These cars will represent the final run of Ford-based Volvos. No word on what engine choices will be offered, but the T5 turbocharged 5-cylinder engine seems to be a logical choice. Offer it with a 6-speed manual and I’ll put a deposit down once I stop eating sardines for dinner.

Initial reviews of the “T4″, which use the Ford 1.6L Ecoboost powertrain are positive. Let’s hope that the V40 is followed up by a new XC90. Not even Methuselah has had such a long run. The new XC90 will apparently be the first car to use Volvo’s new scalable platform and modular 4-cylinder turbo engine family.

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Volvo Debuts Pedestrian Airbag – Can We Have Attractive Car Design Now? Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:52:15 +0000

Volvo’s Pedestrian Airbag Technology isn’t as fun as the Jiffy Pop Airbag, but it’s an interesting concept nonetheless. Pyrotechnic hoods that pop-up during an impact are nothing new, but where Volvo adds value is through the use of an airbag that pops up from a cavity at the base of the windshield.

Pedestrian safety laws are most famous for changing the face of car design, mandating ugly, inelegant front ends that are wide, low and blunt. Pedestrian injuries are gruesome and horrific (as anyone who has ever seen someone get hit by a car can attest), so the cause is a noble one. But there’s no doubt that automotive design has sacrificed much to be in compliance with these regulations. Is there a chance that these airbags can help bring back the glory days of styling? Probably not. Check out the video below for a demonstration.

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Geneva 2012: Volvo V40 Debuts Gets Multiple Gas, Diesel Engines Wed, 07 Mar 2012 15:22:26 +0000

Of all the new debuts at the Geneva Auto Show, this would probably be what I’d like to own the most; the Volvo V40 T5. With a 256 horsepower turbocharged 5-cylinder engine making 295 lb-ft , I’d have plenty of performance on tap, and the knowledge that Volvo’s safety features would keep me unharmed when I inevitably did something stupid.

The V40 won’t just be available in performance trim. A pair of 1.6L 4-cylinder engines will also be offered – with 1.6L diesel, which makes 115 horsepower and over 200 lb-ft of torque, emits less than 100 grams of CO2 per kilometer, an important number in countries where vehicles face an emissions tax. A more powerful diesel will also be available. A start-stop system, regenerative braking andVolvo’s CitySafe collision avoidance system will be standard throughout the range. Other features, like a self-parking system, will be available on certain models. Volvo apparently won’t be selling the V40 in the U.S., despite Mercedes and Audi offering competitive vehicles in the near future – maybe they’ll have a change of heart?

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Finally, Real Pictures Of The Volvo V40 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:21:26 +0000

Today is Wagon Day, a brand-new made up holiday when North Americans are tortured with photos of wagons that will not be available to us despite our endless pleas. First up, the Volvo V40.

Reports are stating that a 1.6L 4-cylinder will be present in the V40, but Volvo’s new modular engine family, with its 500cc per cylinder capacity, would suggest a 2.0L mill instead. We’ll find out for sure once the car is unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. Since the C30 was such a spectacular sales flop in the United Sates, don’t look for this to make its way over here.

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Volvo Gets Punk’d By The Dutch With V40 Leaked Photos Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:00:41 +0000

Once upon a time, Volvo built the V40 at the Nedcar plant, alongside the Mitsubishi Carisma. Volvo ended that partnership in 2001, but the Dutch managed to pull one over on Volvo, leaking early pics of their new V40 compact in advance of its Geneva debut.

The V40 will apparently be the first Volvo built on their new modular platform, and will underpin an S40, C40 and XC40 (count on the last one to be the most likely candidate for a spot in the future lineup). Different variants will underpin the “60″ and “90″ series vehicles as well. The V40 is said to be 2.2 inches shorter than the outgoing V50, making it a foot longer than a Volkswagen Golf. City Safety collision avoidance will also be standard. The Dutch Autoblog article mentions 1.4L and 1.8L engines, but that doesn’t jibe with Volvo’s new modular engine strategy which calls for 500cc per cylinder (and thus a 2.0L 4-cylinder). We’ll see what’s really going on in a couple of weeks.

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