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Rumors: Volvo V60 Wagon Could Come Stateside as Hybrid

posted by on 19 January 2011 in Technical Features

Yes, while Volvo’s current range of wagons continues its exodus from the North American market, recent conversations suggest there may still be an outside chance for the company’s newest and most striking estate, the V60 More…

Swedespeed Project XC60 Update: H&R Lowering Springs

posted by on 23 March 2010 in Project XC60 T6 Technical Features

Since we last checked in on our Volvo XC60, it has gone through a lot of changes. We ended the last update by switching back from our 20-inch Heico five-spoke wheels to the stock setup in hopes of testing the off-the-lot winter handling, as well as the handling and fuel economy differences between our setup. More…

Q&A: Per-Ivar Sellergren, Inventor of Volvo’s Cutting-Edge Body Panel Battery Technology

posted by on 17 March 2010 in Technical Features

For almost two decades now, Per-Ivar Sellergren, a senior engineer at Volvo in Sweden has been working on advanced technologies including one increasingly relevant breakthrough–body panels that funct… More…

The Selfless Volvo: 2011 S60 Pedestrian Detection with Auto Braking System Explained

posted by on 15 March 2010 in Technical Features

Last year Volvo debuted the XC60, the “Car that stops itself,” as all the marketing equipment read. This year, they’ll debut a new S60 that’s even smarter, with sharper vision and a more advanced brai… More…

Volvo Tech: We Tour the Enerdel Battery Factory, Supplier of Power for the C30 Electric Car

posted by on 22 February 2010 in Technical Features

It seemed as if the Enerdel company had maybe built a massive wind farm in the middle of a random field in an even more random part of Indiana (itself a pretty non-descript state) just so visitors com… More…

Swedespeed Project V70 T5 Part Three: IPD Stage Three Upgrades

posted by on 15 February 2010 in Project V70 T5M Technical Features

While we were finalizing Stage 0 and other cosmetic enhancements, we began to plan out what we were going to do to turn up the fun factor for our Project V70 T5. While chatting with IPD, they mentioned they were going to be offering a new “Turbo back” exhaust system for the 870 cars and offered to send us a version for our project. More…

Swedespeed Project XC60 Update: Life in Chicago, a Service Visit, and More

posted by on 8 February 2010 in Project XC60 T6 Technical Features

n mid-January, following our staff gathering for the Detroit Auto Show, the XC60 changed hands and left our man George’s outpost in Pennsylvania to see out the remainder of its year with us at our Chicago home base. The snow hasn’t been bad since, and we’re still craving an opportunity to see how the latest all-road Volvo handles the real nasty stuff. More…

From the Forums: One Amazing 591-hp 850 T-5R Build Thread

posted by on 5 January 2010 in Technical Features

Stop right here. Hold your calls. Clear your schedule. Set everything else aside now, and devote the next half-hour of your life to reading the forum thread linked below. We promise, it’ll be worth yo… More…

Project 850 T-5R Update: Carbon Fiber Dashboard, Alpine iXA-W404 Head Unit

posted by on 16 December 2009 in Project 850 T-5R Wagon Technical Features

Last spring, just a month or so after buying my T-5R off a lot full of Harleys in Rockford, Illinois, I decided the woodgrain trim needed to go. It wasn’t offensive by any means, but woodgrain just wa… More…

Swedespeed Project XC60 Update: 20-inch Heico Volution V Wheels Go On

posted by on 9 December 2009 in Project XC60 T6 Technical Features

We’ll admit that before the XC60 was added to our garage that we remained skeptical about the whole five-passenger crossover segment. Sure, it’s one of the few growing niches in the automotive sector during this down economy but how fun would it be to drive? More…