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Founded in 1927, Volvo is a Swedish manufacturer known most commonly for being an innovator in safety technology. It introduced the first standardization of the three-point seat belt in 1959, and garners deep respect from consumers because of that. In the 1970s and 1980s, Volvo station wagons were the
car of choice for a certain brand of urban liberal. The cars lasted forever, and could hold a lot of used books in the trunk. But the years haven't been kind to Volvo. After suffering quality issues under Ford's ownership from 1999 to 2010, Volvo was purchased by the Geely Holding Group, from China. Volvo only recently begun turning around its lineup with the stylish S60 sedan and XC60 crossover, and has begun to win back the hearts of those who remember it fondly.
True to Volvo form, the 3 Series-competing S60 is chock full of safety features, like a pedestrian avoidance system that applies the brakes if a person is detected in its path. The V60 wagon offers the same fantastic drive features of the sedan with plenty of extra cargo space. The solidity that comes with Volvo's safe engineering lends perfectly to the S80 being a proper luxury sedan.
The XC70 uses the S80's basic platform with taller ground clearance, and a wagon body for a car-like SUV--much in the same way as the Subaru Outback or Audi Allroad. The C70 hardtop convertible offers all the amenities and security of Volvo's sedan lineup, though it's being phased out rapidly because of general lack of consumer interest.
Volvo's first CUV, the CX60, is a V60 wagon with a taller cabin and a little more suspension travel. The XC90's 3.2-liter I6 powertrain has been around for awhile, but the seven-passenger sport-ute is still one of the safest options to haul the family around town. Auto-show reveals have lately hinted that the return of the Volvo station wagon may be imminent. A certain brand of nostalgic consumer eagerly awaits its return. See more... See Less