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This beautiful vehicle is the Volvo Concept Estate and it just made its global debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It may simply be a design study but what exactly is it? Is it a station wagon, a hatchback or a shooting brake? Volvo calls it a three-door sports wagon but we call it beautiful.
Volvo is not usually known for building lust-worthy performance machines. Generally their products are safe, solid and secure, important attributes to be certain but they’re hardly the stuff dreams are made of. However, the addition of performance-tuned V60 and S60 Polestar models is spicing things up for the Staid Swede.
Welcome to 2014! Apparently in Chinese Astrology it’s the year of the “wood horse” but let’s hope this timber pony can canter away and carry the auto industry to continuing sales success. Which brands drove away with buckets of cash and which ones took a tumble down the stairs? Let’s take a peek at last month’s showroom winners and losers.
Overall the market took a small slide in 2014’s first month. January’s inhospitable weather likely kept shoppers at home huddled in front of their heat registers instead of out and about shopping for cars. Compared to the same time period in 2013, new-vehicle deliveries declined three percent to a little more than one million units.
Sales moved in the wrong direction, though fortunately the decline wasn’t severe. Still, a number of automakers did post some welcome gains, though these were offset by others that dropped.
It’s a Venerable 'T' Party
Luxury automakers like to mess with us. That is the only conclusion we can come up with when looking at various manufacturer’s vehicle nomenclature.
The 2015 Volvo V60 Review had the most eyes on it this past week on AutoGuide.
Boost or Double-Boost?
Volvo is in the midst of a vehicular revolution. Forget the minor styling tweaks to the XC60 and S60 last year, this year the real action begins. The older-than-dirt XC90 will be redesigned in 2014, but the big news is that Volvo has decided to start the small project of overhauling the brand’s entire engine lineup with a new family of power plants called Drive-E.
Initially, two gasoline Drive-E engines will be offered here, a pair of 2.0-liter four cylinders. T5 models will come equipped with a turbocharger while T6 models will come with a turbocharger and supercharger. For now, these engines are only available with front wheel drive (FWD) and an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The goal is to eventually have the entire lineup of Volvo vehicles powered by Drive-E engines. Until then, Volvo will continue to offer all-wheel drive (AWD) variants of the XC60 with the old six-cylinder engines alongside the new Drive-E FWD units.
Having to see what all the fuss is about, we were able to sample the 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 FWD recently in Las Vegas. Here are the five things you need to know about the 2015 XC60 and its Drive-E engines.
Gone But Not Forgotten
A lot went down in 2013. It was something of a banner year for the automotive business. Products continued to get better, sales steadily improved and alternative propulsion, whether in the form of electricity or diesel gained significant traction.