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Volvo S40, Volvo V50, Sedan
#1 of 1117 New S40 this fall?
Jan 20, 2003 (6:23 pm)
I read on another site that Volvo has finished retooling the Gent factory and is already making pre-production models of the new S40/V50 cars.
Does anybody have more information in this matter? For example, what these cars will look like or what it means for them to be Focus II based: better or worse than current model?
The cars will be introduced in Frankfurt in September I suppose.
The question now is will they come out in the US as MY 04 cars in the fall or not?
#2 of 1117 new S40
Jan 21, 2003 (7:55 pm)
Automotive News reported the new Volvo S40/V40 series is supposed to debut this fall as a 2004 model. It will use the same platform as the new Ford Focus. Styling is based on the now familiar S60 and S80 series.
Jan 22, 2003 (8:06 pm)
I'm surprised, that there have not been any pictures of the new S40 on the net anywhere.
Did automotive news say anything about the available engines eg. will there be a nice turbo?
Jan 24, 2003 (8:38 pm)
Try the website http://volvospy.com/spy/s40v50/s40v50.php. There are artist sketches and a listing of possible engines.
There was a photoshop of the v50 but I can't remember what site it was on. Hope this helps.
#6 of 1117 Is the 2003 better than the 2004?
Feb 03, 2003 (7:47 am)
Given the likelihood of using the Ford Focus platform should I jump all over the 2003 at $4,000 under invoice?
Feb 04, 2003 (7:42 pm)
The next generation S40 is based on the NEXT generation Ford Focus - not the current one. And even the current one is actually a great handling car.
And another thing: the current S40 shares a platform with the european Mitsubishi Carisma - one of the least carismatic cars for sale today.
I truely believe the next S40 will be better in every way. European Fords are actually really good cars. E.g. the current, german-built Ford Mondeo is at least as good as a Passat. And the Focus is no worse than any Golf.
Feb 07, 2003 (9:39 pm)
actaully, i think you have it backwards. The Focus will be based on the V40 platform, which is also going to be used for the next Mazda protege. More like they are all being developed at the same time on the same basic platform.
So no, the Volvo won't be tainted by being based on a Focus. The new car should be a huge leap forward, since the current platform is nothing special.
#9 of 1117 Volvo S40/V50
Feb 08, 2003 (1:00 pm)
Will Volvo hold the line on pricing or will it raise the price up a little bit? Any photos would be excellent! Post them on this discussion!
Feb 08, 2003 (10:37 pm)
they really can't raise the price much, or they will bump into the pricing on the S60. Not that the current car goes anywhere near MSRP these days.