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2017 Volvo V60 Polestar Review

posted by on 6 December 2016 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

The Volvo-Polestar folks are experts in leaving impressions. A few years ago, I drove the S60 and V60 Polestar vehicles, and to this day, they linger in my memory for their brilliant styling, aggressive performance and popping personality in comparison to their more reserved stablemates. I wish those memories were only positive, but I still recall […] More…

Review: The XC90 T8 Still Shines with Age

posted by on 2 November 2016 in Features Reviews and Road Tests

When the Volvo XC90 first hit the streets everyone was impressed. It was elegant and lithe and promised a new era at Volvo. Freed from the economic pressures of parent companies only interested the bottom line, the manufacturer could finally think outside the box and make the car they truly wanted to. Their design served […] More…

Review: With the New S90, Volvo Proves that Fortune Favors the Bold

posted by on 14 June 2016 in Features News Reviews and Road Tests

  Back in 2010, Volvo was bought by a big Chinese company and nearly overnight went from a fairly boring car maker to making bold claims that no one driving their cars would be seriously injured or die in a car accident by 2020. Although we were slow to see new product rolling out, there […] More…

Driven: 2016 Volvo XC90 T6

posted by on 26 May 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

The future of Volvo rests on the success of the 2016 XC90. If they get it wrong, reconnecting with car buyers worldwide becomes more difficult forcing a hard look at the next two large models launches, the S90 and V90. However, after spending two days with the XC90, I am confident the all-new XC90 is […] More…

Driven: 2015.5 S60 T6 Drive-E

posted by on 22 March 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

The past several years have been exciting for Volvo and Volvo owners. The $11 billion investment and rebirth of the brand is unfolding. While the new XC90 has been grabbing the recent headlines, the Drive-E 60-series vehicles offer compelling new hardware and software for 2015.5. Volvo has made minor changes since the 2011 introduction of […] More…

V60 Cross Country First Drive   

posted by on 5 February 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

There’s a certain irony to the fact that I’ve just flown across the country to a snow-less, mid-50s Lake Tahoe, California to drive the new V60 Cross Country on ice, while Volvo’s US Headquarters in northern New Jersey is just one day removed from Snowpocalypse 2015®. But seeing as the V60 Cross Country and XC70 […] More…

Driven: Volvo V60 T6 R-Design

posted by on 9 January 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

The automotive landscape has changed greatly in the more than 20 years since TWR-built Volvo 850R wagons two-wheel’d their way into banishment from BTCC competition. In the years since, much of the western world has turned its back on the five door family hauler, filling the void left behind with SUVs and so-called Crossovers, which […] More…

Driven: The Limited Edition S60 and V60 Polestar

posted by on 11 October 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

What makes a great car? This is the question that the engineers at Polestar wanted to answer when they began the journey for their first production vehicles for consumer use. During the past six-years, the answer became quite simple. The engineers would build a car for people like themselves. With each concept car, starting with […] More…

Long-term S60 T5 AWD: Final Thoughts

posted by on 18 February 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

The performance, economy and IIHS recognized safety technology of the T5 AWD demonstrate why it is an ideal family sedan. More…

First Drive: The Drive-E Powertrains

posted by on 26 January 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

The wagon is back and all new under the hood. We take the 60-cluster vehicles for a drive around the sights and sounds of Las Vegas. More…