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#191 of 247 Re: The drums continue to beat [volvomax]
Oct 09, 2007 (10:54 am)
oh, i know.
volvo is very integral in Ford. extracting them will be a huge mess.
#192 of 247 Volvomax XC60 Question
Oct 24, 2007 (7:22 pm)
What do you know about the upcoming XC60? Any idea of the price range this will fall into?How big or small is this wagon?
The show car looks awesome....if they don't mess up the exterior looks when they make this.Will it be out late 08 or??
#193 of 247 Re: Volvomax XC60 Question [donthegreek]
Oct 25, 2007 (9:08 am)
Production version is supposed to be unveiled at the Detroit auto show.
Power will come from the 3.2l I6, maybe the Turbo 6 eventually.
Should be about the size of the X3, LR2 crossovers.
Price in the $30's.
Sep 25, 2009 (9:45 pm)
Volvo is getting closer to being a Chinese brand...
Ford CEO Mulally says talks on Volvo are progressing
UPDATED: Sept. 25 11:21 CET
Ford Motor Co.'s plans for the sale of Volvo are progressing, CEO Alan Mulally said on Friday.
Ford has not said who it is talking with about Volvo but China's Geely Automotive has said its parent company wants to buy the Swedish brand.
Mulally was speaking in Chongqing, China, at a ground-breaking ceremony for a new 150,000-unit factory that will boost Ford's production capacity in the country to 600,000 by 2012.
.......The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Ford is analyzing a recent Geely bid to acquire 100 percent of Volvo for about $2.5 billion, citing people familiar with the matter.
The newspaper said Geely has emerged as the leading contender to acquire Volvo from Ford.
Ford said in December 2008 it was considering selling its money-losing Volvo unit as part of a strategic review of the business as it continues efforts to turnaround its own fortunes.
http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090925/ANE02/309259991/1257- - &AssignSessionID=273363776571698
Will it lose its remaining luster once it is Geely Volvo? Or will the Chinese really know how to run a "Swedish" car company?
BTW, that new Chongqing plant will be building Focuses for export......the Chinese are coming! I imagine it won't be TOO long before Volvos are being built in China too, for export worldwide......
Sep 26, 2009 (4:39 am)
if they get bought by Geely. Unless they decide to leave them independant, and just use the engineering talent (and like Ford, take the existing platforms to underpin their own models).
ALthough it is hard to imagine it will be worse than what GM did to SAAB!
#198 of 247 Re: sad day [colloquor]
Sep 26, 2009 (6:37 am)
Love the 144. I had a 142 that was a year older than yours.
I have a terrible feeling for Volvo's future if the Chinese are going to run the show. i would love for them to prove me wring.
Sep 26, 2009 (12:20 pm)
I love that car. I learned to drive on my folks '69 144S 4 speed. Same color as yours, without the wheels of course!
Still miss that car, but my sister hated it. I used to have to go out and take the parking brake off for her and my mother after me or my father cranked it on!
#200 of 247 Re: 144 [stickguy]
Sep 26, 2009 (12:49 pm)
Thanks. It's been on the road, as has the '85 SAAB, since purchase. The paint (Medium Blue) on the 144S is original. It's too bad I don't have a shot (I'll have to take one later) of the front, as it has driving lights and an IPD air dam (installed way back in 1973).
In fact, the car is extensively prepared with IPD parts including cam, ported and polished head, tubular header, electronic ignition, etc, as well as a larger front sway bar, rear sway bar, IPD's rally springs, Bilstein shocks, Volvo's once optional ATS aluminum wheels, and Volvo's old Competition Department's gauge cluster (see photo), and Nardi leather-covered steering wheel. I changed out the original twin Stromberg 175CDSE carbs in 1972, and switched over to twin SU HS6 carbs. Tried Weber 45DCOE's side drafts, but they were simply too much carburation for the engine.
The 144S is built like a tank, and yet reasonably sporty. Most of the 140-series cars in my area (central Illinois) are long gone due to poor maintenance and rust. It's a survivor, much like me (Age 62) - and, still a Volvo enthusiast!