April 16, 2014


Volvo’s new VEA family of four-cylinder engines starts production

Photo of facelift Volvo V70 which will get Volvo's new 4 cylinder engines in 2013

Volvo has announced that its new range of four cylinder engines - Volvo Engine Architecture (VEA) engines – has gone in to production in Sweden. Volvo has decided that the future for the ICE engine in Volvos is a maximum of four cylinders – petrol and diesel – and the option of a bit of electrification […]

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Production to double to cope with demand

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid driving on road

Volvo’s new V60 plug-in hybrid is proving so successful that Volvo are trying to double production to 10,000 a year to cope with demand. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid finally went in to production at the end of 2012 as the first diesel plug-in hybrid on the market, and despite our antipathy towards expensive, and heavy, technical […]

Volvo Flywheel KERS Hybrid cuts fuel consumption by 25%

Illustration of how the Volvo Flywheel KERS system works

After two years of testing a hybrid Flywheel KERS system for road cars, Volvo has revealed their energy recovery system cuts fuel consumption by as much as 25 per cent. Two years ago we reported that Volvo were testing a clever hybrid Flywheel KERS system for road cars and hoped it would prove to be […]

Volvo drops plans to compete in the luxury F-Segment car market

Photo of blue Volvo concept You

Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson has said Volvo no longer intends to develop a Volvo to compete in the F-Segment luxury market dominated by the Mercedes S Class. It did seem likely when Geely bought Volvo from Ford that they would develop a car at the top end to tempt Chinese buyers in to a Volvo version of the […]

Volvo S60 Polestar goes in to production

Photo Volvo S60 Polestar production car

The Volvo S60 Poelstar – a T6 with tweaking by tuning firm Polestar – has made it in to limited production for the Australian market. But it only gets 350bhp. Last summer, Volvo revealed a rather bonkers S60 Polestar with a thumping great Garret turbo bolted on and numerous tweaks, which sported 508bhp and a 0-62mph under 4 seconds. It sounded like a […]

New Volvo V60, S60 & XC60 R-Design with Polestar Performance options

2013 Volvo XC60 R-Design Photo

Volvo has revealed new R-Design versions of the V60, S60 and XC60 with R-Design body, lowered suspension and the option of Polestar Performance. With Volvo rolling out a facelift for most of its range at Geneva earlier this month, it’s now the turn of the appealing R-Design versions to make an appearance with new versions of the […]

Volvo V40 & V40 Cross Country: 2014 updates announced

Photo of Volvo V40 R-Design

Volvo are updating the new V40 for 2014 with new engine and gearbox options and a new 4WD option for the V40 Cross Country in Europe. It seems like the all new Volvo V40 (a car we like a lot) has only been with us five minutes, but Volvo are already updating the V40 for 2014 […]

Volvo: Geneva Motor Show 2013

2013 Facelift Volvo XC60 at Geneva 2013 Pictures

Volvo has facelift versions of the S80, V70 XC70, S60, V60 and XC60 plus Cyclist Detection, new Auto High Beam and a tie-up with Spotify at Geneva. There’s nothing startlingly new for Volvo at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but there is a a lot of new Volvo metal. That’s down to Volvo’s decision to give almost their whole range a […]

2013 Facelift for almost entire Volvo range

2013 Volvo V70 facelift image

Volvo has given the S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 a facelift for 2013 which will debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor show. Only the V40 and XC90 remain unchanged. Volvo has gone slightly berserk with updates to its range for 2013, with almost the entire Volvo range – except the new V40 and the soon […]

Want to drive the latest Volvo? Now you can.

Volvo Freedom Test Drive

Volvo is rolling out a new test drive programme that allows car buyers around the UK to enjoy proper test drives of the latest Volvos. It’s always difficult to change perceptions of a car brand. Even when you get the cars right, potential car buyers will still be saddled with their preconceptions. One good way […]

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