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This is the first review I read from the automotive press. Kind of a rough start.

http://www.salon-auto.ch/en/ne...59560

BTW Anybody knows the price range?

Volvo S80

The original S80 was the first 'post square' Volvo that introduced most of the design elements used on all subsequent Volvos. The new car does little more than soften the edges of its predecessor and have a more rakish rear screen similar to the S60 and Peugeot 607. As a result it is a less distinctive, albeit an undeniably handsome, design.

Inside, the car features the thin centre stack first seen in the S40, but now available in an old fashioned gloss dark wood that sits uncomfortably with the modern hifi theme of this element - we couldn't imagine Bang and Olufsen offering this material choice. The rest of the cabin is similarly conservative with little evidence of the 'Scandanavian' design qualities much talked about by Volvo at its unveiling or that the VCC at Geneva 2003 so elegantly showcased. Ultimately the new S80 is a rather underwhelming evolution of the pioneering original S80.
 

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Re: Car Design News: new S80 is an underwhelming evolution of the pioneering.. (BrunoS)

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This is the first review I read from the automotive press. Kind of a rough start.

http://www.salon-auto.ch/en/ne...59560

BTW Anybody knows the price range?

Volvo S80

The original S80 was the first 'post square' Volvo that introduced most of the design elements used on all subsequent Volvos. The new car does little more than soften the edges of its predecessor and have a more rakish rear screen similar to the S60 and Peugeot 607. As a result it is a less distinctive, albeit an undeniably handsome, design.

Inside, the car features the thin centre stack first seen in the S40, but now available in an old fashioned gloss dark wood that sits uncomfortably with the modern hifi theme of this element - we couldn't imagine Bang and Olufsen offering this material choice. The rest of the cabin is similarly conservative with little evidence of the 'Scandanavian' design qualities much talked about by Volvo at its unveiling or that the VCC at Geneva 2003 so elegantly showcased. Ultimately the new S80 is a rather underwhelming evolution of the pioneering original S80.

These are biases, not facts. The s40 was post-square. Maybe. Certainly the c70 was post square, before the s80. There's a variety of options including the mesh aluminum which is clean and modern and matte wood. The shiny wood option is for those that wanted to see the s80 with "more wood". The car has the floating look of the VCC of 2003, elements of the door panels, and some of the engineering elements of that car.

The s80 is a very clean design, back to European function and much better than the 70 buttons in the Mercedes E class or the annoying I-drive of BMWs. The s40 design, and the s80, which is quite similar, work very efficiently and well, and should not be knocked at first glance as these rather superficial comments do.

It'll get better. I think the interior will be received well. Hope the car drives well. It'll be comfortable and ride well, just hope Volvo has that important "feel" element down with the dynamic qualities. That it is not RWD is a strike against it.
 

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Re: Car Design News: new S80 is an underwhelming evolution of the pioneering.. (BrunoS)

I would not count the automotive press' opinions for anything, they seem to follow some sort of bias opinion made by someone long ago and feed the rest of the world w/ the same nonsense. The S80 doesn't need to look ugly like the 5 or plain jane like the overcomplicated(and IMHO) undwhelming) E - class. This car was not concieved to be an overcomplicated, contrived piece of automotvie engineering. It's a Volvo, simplistic design and engineering integrity at it's best.
 
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