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Mention a diesel engine and most buyers would shrink away, or perhaps associate it high diesel taxes. Marry that with the new COE categorisation and you perhaps don’t have many choices to choose from if you’re going for a Category A car.

Volvo recently launched the V40 Cross Country D2, one of the sleeker diesel hatches we’ve ever driven. Now, they’ve not slackened at all with the new S60 D2.

 

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The new S60 D2 retains most of the curves we see from its predecessor, unmistakably representing a strong Scandinavian heritage and design.

As compared to its other T4 sibling, the S60 D2 lacks a few notable features. In compromise for its impressive torque range, the S60 D2 does away with Volvo’s active bending xenon lighting, whi...

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Posted 13 May 2014
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Introduction

With the new regulations now in full swing, most of the premium brands have been unceremoniously booted out of the Cat A market. Mainstream brands are taking advantage of the void with Volkswagen already pushing a slew of models.

However, players like Citroen and Volvo have taken a slightly different route from the others by pushing their diesels instead. This makes good sense as most buyers in the under 1,600cc market are mostly looking for a family workhorse.

While diesels generally produce lower horsepower than their petrol equivalents, they do provide robust torque that is useful for moving people and cargo.

Although the V40 D2 pictured here is quite a bit more stylish than the usual diesel…

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 1 Mar 2014
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Introduction

When it was first launched, the automotive industry was impressed with the new steps that Volvo has taken to attract a younger group of drivers. It started first with the XC60 that was much different from the slightly boxy XC90.

Then we got a glimpse of the current S60 when the C70 was launched. When the S60 was launched, it was the first time anyone ever used ‘sexy’ and Volvo in the same sentence. The design that was penned by Steve Mattin embodied soulful character and emotion in the new sedan. A design that was both dynamic and elegant at the same time. 

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 15 Jan 2014
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Introduction, Exterior

The XC60 marked a significant departure from the Swedish brand’s usual boxy design. Having dominated the family SUV/soccer mom market with the wildly successful XC90, the company saw fit to catapult itself into a younger demographic with this mid-size SUV.

In the same spirit as with the previous XC90 update, Volvo has chosen to take a cautious approach to this facelift.

 

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Rather than go to the extremes, Volvo gave the relatively young model a slight nip tuck on the outside. From the front, the new car has been given a new face with a lower and wider front fascia.

Where the previous grille was blacked out the new car now sports a chromed grille that affords the car with an air of elegance. The badge has also been enlarged fo...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 7 Jan 2014
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Introduction

R-design to Volvo is what S-line and M Sport is to Audi and BMW. The concept is simple. The manufacturer takes a bog standard model off the production line and jazzes it up with some in-house bodykits to take some of the dreariness away.

Usually these upgrades only involve visual changes to the model with little or no mechanical upgrades. The V40 R-design is Volvo’s way of reimagining their latest hatchback for the younger sportier band of their demographics. 

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 3 Aug 2013
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Introduction, Exterior

It was just three years ago that Volvo launched the Geely funded S60 that left the world's press with a impression of what the Swedes were really capable of with the right funding and management. Now we’re seeing a new model joining the Swedish lineup. And it is comforting affirmation that the days of angular brick-styled Volvos are well and truly over.

The V40 is a crossover vehicle that finds itself somewhere between a hatch and an SUV. This latest model from Volvo features several new design cues that hint at what we’ll see in models down the line.

 

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Like the S60 that came before it, this new V40 takes Volvo’s new design language to the next level. While the front fascia bears some resemblance to the S60, the V40 has a mo...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 4 Apr 2013
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Introduction, Exterior

You would think that with the latest reduction in diesel tax, we should be seeing even more diesel cars on the roads than before. But truth be told, most people continue to harbour myths about diesels being dirty sputter hunks of junk which used to be true. Most industrial vehicles are powered by large Detroit Diesels that are loud, dirty and almost always arrives in a huge cloud of black smoke.

However, what most don’t know is that modern diesels that are Euro III and above (Europe is moving towards Euro V now) are actually cheaper to run and are in most cases cleaner than petrol engines with lower carbon emissions. But to really see the benefits of diesels, one has to be a driver that literally goes for miles as diesel powered cars ...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 22 Mar 2013
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The year was 2003 – Asia was grappling with the SARS outbreak while America was in its early days of its war in Iraq. Over in Europe, the world’s only supersonic passenger jet, Concorde made its last flight. In the motoring world, the second generation Renault Megane was awarded the prestigious title of European Car of the Year while Michael Schumacher won his sixth F1 world championship.

One of the most significant new car launches in 2003 was the Volvo XC90. The venerable XC90 was the Swedish car maker’s first ever effort at a proper SUV. The concept of a seven-seater SUV was so groundbreaking in the XC90’s early days that it was Volvo’s best selling model in its early years. With space and practicality as its main fortes, the XC90 be...

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Posted 7 Jun 2012
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