S40/V50 models also losing AWD, manual transmissions and base engines
Volvo has decided to axe the V70 wagon model from its product lineup in North America. The news comes as a result of a leaked dealer document obtained by Autoblog. The decision was reportedly made as sales of the XC60 and XC90 have stolen buyers at either end and so offering the V70 just didn’t make sense any more. As a way to keep V70 lovers coming back to Volvo, the Swedish automaker has decided to offer a front-drive version of the XC70 wagon (essentially a lifted V70) starting in 2011.
Other product changes to the Volvo lineup include the elimination of a V8-powered S80 model. Instead, the T6 version will be bumped-up to 300-hp and 325 ft-lbs of torque. The result will be just 11 fewer horsepower, but a significant gain in fuel economy.
Also on the chopping block are the low-output versions of the S40 and V50 models. For 2011 the entry-level 168-hp 2.4-liter has been cut, meaning both models will now be offered exclusively with the more powerful T5 engine with its 227-hp. In addition, Volvo has made the decision to no longer offer either all-wheel drive or a manual transmission.