Consumer Reports is an interesting thing. It runs no ads, and that alone marks it an outlier in the publishing world. But when you throw in the fact that it’s not an expensive, high-art quarterly or technical trade journal but rather a product review magazine, well, you end up with a really strange animal. Consumer […]
Developed through collaboration between Volvo’s in-house research-and-development team and transmission maker Aisin Warner, the kits are said to borrow technology from the performance-focused S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar packages. Both cars have been selling faster than the company expected, prompting a second production batch and inspiring the tuning kits for basic models.
The kits are designed to improve engine performance, while also tweaking throttle response, shift speed, shift precision and off-throttle response. The company has not yet detailed how much additional performance buyers can expect.
Last Year’s 2011 S60: Most Socks Blown Off Last year’s debut of the all-new S60 T6 marked a milestone for Volvo sedans: naughty. (Literally, “naughty” — as pretentious as it was — was the marketing adjective used as the centerpiece of the new S60). It was the first Volvo sedan in recent memory marketed to […]
I’ve Got Cautious Optimism A new S60 will see the light of dealers’ showrooms and our driveways in the fall. My take: cautious optimism. Caution because it’ll probably clock in at a higher price than today’s S60, which is $32,800 base. The T6 AWD — what they showed today — will undoubtedly be higher than […]
I just got this email, which says as a current Volvo owner I’m entitled to $1000 off ($1500 for XC90) a new Volvo. That’s in addition to “price reductions” and “Volvo allowances”. All this is marketing-speak for “we need to move cars, so we’re cutting prices.” $28,400 for a new V70 (recently redesigned) is not […]