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Volvo S40, Sedan
#1 of 1807 Any new info?
May 11, 1999 (6:25 am)
I am looking for sedans in the 25K range.
Does anyone have any info or opinions on the
upcoming Volvo S40, or other sporty sedans such as
the Audi A4?
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
#2 of 1807 stickguy
May 19, 1999 (4:49 am)
I saw an S40 (and V40) at an auto show in January. I really liked that car. Very stylish, great seats and interior. SHould be competitively priced (like a mid range Passat or basic A4) and reasonably powerful. There is also a topic in wagons for the V40/S40. Check it out also for more info.
#3 of 1807 corvette
May 29, 1999 (5:06 am)
I too saw and liked the S40 and V40. If they drive like other Volvos, they'll be great cars. It concerns me that they're built on a Mitsubishi platform, though.
The Ford/Volvo merger also bothers me. I can just see Explorers rolling off the assembly line with Volvo badges on them (shudder)!
I don't know how competitively it will be priced. Volvo says "under $25,000" which most likely means "$24,995", and on top of that options will probably include sunroof, leather, alloy wheels, cold weather package, etc.
May 31, 1999 (7:53 pm)
Where did you hear that the S40 and V40 were built on Mitsubishi platforms.
#6 of 1807 corvette
Jun 07, 1999 (9:49 pm)
I believe I read it in Car and Driver. The dealer admitted it when I asked him about it.
#7 of 1807 jdutt
Jun 10, 1999 (6:19 pm)
When will these cars be offered in the States? It looks like they've been available in Europe for a couple of years now.
#8 of 1807 rollie
Jun 10, 1999 (11:11 pm)
Regarding post #6:
I believe that the last I read was that they would start arriving in showrooms in August. Given that it's not a new model I wouldn't expect this date to slip much (I saw quite a few of them at the factory in Sweden about a month ago).
#9 of 1807 balooo2
Jun 11, 1999 (2:33 am)
What do you think about the S40 having seen one up close?
What is Volvo doing for the home market that impressed you must?
One more question did you happen to see the S90 Royale while in Sweden?
#10 of 1807 rollie
Jun 12, 1999 (4:37 am)
Regarding post #8:
I think the 40 series will be very competitive once it arrives this year. Unfortunately, I suspect there will be a new Audi A4 and with the new BMW 3 series (323 specifically), the S40 will be in for a battle in the next couple of years. For me personally, I found the S40 too small for my needs (young family). I thought the design was progressive but didn't really wow me. Oddly, and I'm not a wagon man, the V40 struck me as a much more appealing design. Even though it is a small car it has lots of room in the back because it is a wagon.
Regarding Volvo's home market, I can say that we get the pick of the litter here in the US. Volvo definitely has less cache in Sweden than in the US. While I was in Sweden I saw 300 and 400 series Volvos (no longer made) that looked like replicas of older Mitsubishis! The biggest advantage that I experienced was the customer oriented service I received. The people at the delivery center bent over backwards to accommodate me. Contrast this with VCNA who you will have a hard time getting to respond to a letter or call. If you have a problem it seems VCNA's job is to ignore your cries for help. I got the feeling that the people in Sweden actually care about their brand.
Regarding the S90 Royale, I believe the limo that picked me up at the airport was a stretched Royale. Mine was a few years old but a very nice car. I didn't see any of the regular ones that I've seen in pictures.