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Old 02-23-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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2013 Volvo V40 Leaked on Facebook: 2012 Geneva Auto Show



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  • Official images of the Volvo V40 are posted early on a Polish magazine's Facebook page.
  • This sleek five-door hatchback is intended mainly for European and Asian markets.
  • The five-door hatch is not expected to be sold in the U.S.

GENEVA — A Polish auto magazine has leaked official photos of the 2013 Volvo V40 on its Facebook page, ahead of the car's formal unveiling at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. The car is intended mainly for European and Asian markets, and is not expected to be sold in the U.S.
The new V40 is a compact five-door hatchback that appears to stretch Volvo's design vocabulary, while maintaining continuity with the brand's current styling cues, judging from the photos posted Wednesday by Warsaw-based Motodziennik.
Volvo last week released a blurry teaser image of the car's silhouette on its own Facebook page, along with a live digital display counting down toward the V40's official Geneva launch on March 6.
Scheduled to go on sale in Europe later this year, the V40 will compete against such premium entries as the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
Inside Line says: Volvo thinks you wouldn't like the V40. Would you buy it if the automaker took a chance and sold it in America?

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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They say this may replace the C30... that would be a shame. It should be the companion to the C30.

And of course, why would they ever want to sell a car in the US? :-/
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:13 PM   #3
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I've never owned one but I have always loved the looks of Volvos. A little quirky, a bit weird, but more original than most.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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The five-door hatch is not expected to be sold in the U.S.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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I have a new 2012 Volvo S60 T5.....BIG departure from the Subarus I've owned since 2000, and a pretty weird choice for me for a sport sedan.

I love it! I love the looks of it, especially with the Dynamic wheels (which look exactly the same as those pictured above). It drives great, handles great and the build quality is fantastic. It does have a few quirks, but so far, I'm pretty impressed with what I got for $30K.

That new V40 looks even better!
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:43 PM   #6
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im with gooseman, i've been in a c30 r-design for about six months and it has been a joy to drive.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:04 PM   #7
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im with gooseman, i've been in a c30 r-design for about six months and it has been a joy to drive.
It'll be a shame if they discontinued the C30, it took a little while, but the C30 is really starting to gather a fan-base. Who ever is in charge of Volvo USA sucks, they need to stop short changing us. And global decisions like not building a Polstar variant, and giving up on wagons suck.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:05 PM   #8
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If Volvo C30 had their AWD system... I would consider one, even with my aversion to long-roof hatchbacks, I prefer fastbacks much better.

But C30 is pretty cool.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:41 PM   #9
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Sorry Dex, but Polstar is no doubt the worst name ever given to a performance model car...


I know all about it, but come on, polestar????
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:37 PM   #10
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How come new hatches look awesome except for the rear 3-quater view?


It's like they gave up and didn't line up all the other stuff going on.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:44 PM   #11
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Is that still Focus-derived? I see a lotta Focus in it.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #12
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I'm shocked Gooseman is still around...

No Volvo for me though. I like replacement part availability.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:03 PM   #13
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No more wagons; Volvo is dead to me.
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What's with volvo and making cars that you can't see out of? I drove a 2004 volvo s70 and you couldn't see a damn thing out of the back of the car. Look how small those rear windows are. Even my metro has a bigger rear window than that.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:20 PM   #15
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What's with volvo and making cars that you can't see out of? I drove a 2004 volvo s70 and you couldn't see a damn thing out of the back of the car. Look how small those rear windows are. Even my metro has a bigger rear window than that.
+1. My wife had the same complaint about the XC90 she test drove; the B-, C- and D-pillars obstructed her vision. She went on to buy a Pilot. Safety feature isn't a valid rationale as Subarus are as safe if not safer and the Forester and Outback have had excellent outward visibility.
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Finally, the 40 series looks decent.

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Old 02-23-2012, 08:19 PM   #17
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No more wagons; Volvo is dead to me.
They say wagons don't sell as well as sedans in the US, no **** Volvo, but that's not reason for you to give up and just stop selling them. I've honestly given up hope on Volvo in the US.

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Sorry Dex, but Polstar is no doubt the worst name ever given to a performance model car...

I know all about it, but come on, polestar????
Strippers need fast cars too.
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Looks fantastic! ... until that shot Derbagger posted. Wow. The rear is a total mess. Way too much going on. Not sure if there's been enough time (6 mos) since their purchase of Volvo to have this impact, but did the new Chinese ownership influence this design? Even just removing those strakes from the top of the rear spoiler would help, but I imagine they boost fuel economy.

I like Volvos - and the C30s some of you guys have are beauts... one of my fave cars on the road, looks-wise. I'd still like to see this V40 here, cleaned up a little, but not at the expense of the C30! C30 could use some advertising, IMHO.
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I'm shocked Gooseman is still around...

LOL..really? why?
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LOL..really? why?
My faint recollection places you in the annals of OT history.
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My faint recollection places you in the annals of OT history.
Yup..thats me! Were you around for that? Your member number is over 74K!
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:19 AM   #22
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Volvo will unveil a new-look Volvo V40 five-door hatchback at next week’s Geneva show designed to revive its fortunes in the premium hatchback class, and steal volume from the dominant BMW 1-series and Audi A3. The outgoing S40 and V50 models die to make way for new V40 production tipped to reach 90,000 units a year at Volvo’s Ghent plant in Belgium.
The car, which combines the virtues of the outgoing S40 and V50 models in one body style, hits the European market late in May, and the UK in August. It comes with six engine options (three petrol and three diesel) spearheaded by a 254 bhp version of Volvo’s own turbo five-cylinder, tipped to deliver a 150 mph top speed and 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Ultimately Volvo will adopt a four cylinders-only strategy and provide high performance versions “by electrification”.
See official pictures of the new Volvo V40
The petrol range has two additional four-pot turbo 1.6s from Ford and rated at 150 bhp and 180 bhp. The diesel range includes 177 bhp and 150 bhp 2.0 litre turbo fives, plus a super-frugal 1.6 litre 115 bhp turbo four emitting just 94 grams/litre CO2. All cars have stop-start systems, brake energy regeneration and Volvo’s improved City Safety anti-collision system that now works at up to 50 km/h (30 mph).
However, the biggest safety development is an all-new pedestrian airbag, that pops the car’s bonnet on impact and provides a large cushion at the base of the screen onto which a pedestrian can fall, yet which is U-shaped to allow the driver visibility to keep steering.
Designed while Ford still owned Volvo, the new V40 has been embraced Geely-appointed CEO Stefan Jacoby. The car will spearhead an aggressive new “Designed Around You” marketing campaign to “revive Volvo’s rightful place in the world”. The new V40 uses Ford Focus platform, though Volvo insists that it has re-rated the electric power steering and revised every spring and damper setting. The car is about four centimetres shorter than the outgoing model, but lower and wider. Kerb weight is still being calculated, engineers say, but it “should be lower”.
It also gets a plush, simple interior meant to embody Scandinavian values. It has mood lighting and even a gently illuminated gear lever knob. The digital dash is interactive.
UK prices are expected to start from just over £19k for a 1.6-litre D2 in entry-level ES specification, which will include the enhanced City Safety system, Pedestrian airbag and Bluetooth system.
Mindful of an urgent need to sell more cars than the current company-wide 450,000, these prices reinforce Volvo’s view that big rises will be avoided.










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Old 02-28-2012, 10:30 AM   #23
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Volvo has finally kicked its strange Scando obsession with estates, saloons and crossovers. The new V40 is the company’s first proper five-door hatch. It’ll be revealed at the Geneva show next week, and goes on sale in July. Volvo makes no bones that it’s aiming straight at the BMW 1-series and next-gen Audi A3. Not an easy job.

To get noticed, its body is unusually foxy from the outside, and coolly different within. See that scallop on the rear door? That’s meant to remind you of the P1800. No, us neither. The glassy, shouldered rear end is rather better at updating familiar Volvo cues.


The silhouette is low and fast, and unlike most rivals it doesn’t suffer from a bulbous, high bonnet. So how does it get around pedestrian impact rules, you ask? By having an airbag under the bonnet, just ahead of the wiper pivots. If a bank of seven sensors in the front bumper decides they’re striking a human leg (but not an elk’s, or a fencepost) then the airbag inflates, lifting the rear of the bonnet clear of the engine and putting a cushion over the base of the windscreen and A posts. Ahoy then to another safety first from the reindeer-eating nation’s finest. But of course you aren’t supposed to run anyone down: the car also has a pedestrian sensing camera that can invoke automatic braking.
See all the pictures of the new Volvo V40


Inside, Volvo’s usual calm, welcoming design has been updated by giving most models a highly configurable full-TFT instrument pack, like the sort of thing we’ve seen from Range Rover. You sit on newly designed seats which turn out to be exquisitely comfy. Neat design touches include a cleanly frameless rear-view mirror, and a backlit gearknob.

Volvo of course has always been good at safety, and in recent years its design hasn’t been any too shabby either. The problem has come when you came to drive them and got kyboshed by rubbery steering and a turbulent ride. And here we find things might just have taken a turn for the better.
It’s still several months to the on-sale date, but Volvo let me have a steer of a few prototypes on a greasy wet test track in Sweden. The surface was too smooth to tell me anything about the ride, but in other ways Volvo’s confidence does seem justified.

The 150 and 180bhp petrols both use Ford’s 1.6 Ecoboost as per a Focus. The result is a smooth, torquey flow of urge that the chassis seems perfectly comfortable with. It turns eagerly, doesn’t melt into understeer and – crikey, is this a Volvo? – provides decent steering feel and an opportunity to trim the line with the throttle, even with the ESP on.

Then the 2.0 diesel. This uses Volvo’s own five-cylinder, which sounds highly agreeable and doesn’t hang about. Trouble is, you certainly feel the weight of that big old block ahead of you when you swivel into a tight corner.

The short straight is good for about 85mph at the far end, at which rate there wasn’t much to worry about in engine or wind noise.

Jumping into an unfamiliar car and having very little time to get to know it is actually rather a stern test of control layout and driving position, and the V40 made me feel right at home.

It’s too soon to say this is a good car, but it’s certainly a promising one. Just as well. In making a hatch, Volvo is going into the busiest part of the car market. A place where the opposition is properly fierce.
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Swedish tuning firm Polestar needs very little introduction. It takes sensible Volvos, paints them an eye-searing shade of blue, and makes them very brisk indeed. It's managed to turn the S60 sedan and V60 wagon into proper drivers cars, and already taken victory in Australia's V-8 Supercars series.

The prospect of a Polestar-tuned V40 hatchback then is quite an appealing one—and Auto Express suggests such a model might be on the way. The potential V40 Polestar would be expected to rival the upcoming Ford Focus RS—an even higher-performance version of the ST—and could produce as much as 315 horsepower courtesy of Volvo's all new turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder powerplant. That engine will first see service in the upcoming XC90 plug-in hybrid, but it would turn the much smaller V40 into quite the weapon.

It isn't clear whether a Polestar V40 would send its power to the front wheels, or all four. Either is possible—300-plus horsepower outputs are no longer beyond the remit of front-driven cars, but Volvo's V40 Cross Country model shows that a Haldex all-wheel drive system can be squeezed beneath the V40's compact frame. With either layout, a 0-60 mph time of under six seconds and 155 mph limited top speed would be a given. The larger, heavier V60 Polestar manages times in the under-five second range with 350 horsepower, so an all-wheel drive V40 could potentially match it.

Specification would likely match that of the bigger Polestar too. The V60 uses huge floating Brembo brakes, adjustable Ohlins shocks, a front strut tower brace and much stiffer springs to turn it from comfortable grocery-getter to track-ready wagon. The only sticking point is price: The V60 Polestar is hugely expensive in terms of bang-per-buck, and in Europe, high-end V40s with a few options installed already get close to the price of bona-fide performance cars like the BMW M235i. Still, that bright blue paint is mighty appealing...
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I feel like they could sell a lot more V40's than V60's in the States, or am I taking crazy pills?
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