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The MY2002 S/V40 will end production during Wk20 (which is some time in the end of May 2002).<P>When the bew 2003 S/V40 goes into production, it will receive both standard equipment upgrades and significant option package mods. The planned port release is scheduled for sometime in late June.<P>Standard equipment upgradees include: a new grille, key-integrated remote, four-dial intrument cluster, three-spoke steering wheel, more horsepower (!), new front headrests, standard in-dash CD player and new upholstery/exterior colors.<P>The optional packages have been significantly simplified and have been reduced to <B>Sport Package, Premium Package & Cold Weather Package</B>. The upgraded packages are the Sport and Premium.<P>Yannis<P>
 

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Here is a sneak peak of what the 03' cars will look like:<P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/news40/gallery/s40_big_3.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/news40/gallery/s40_big_1.jpg"> <P>-Drew<P>
 

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Yeah, it looks like the 40-series will finally get the wheels it deserves in the U.S...<P><B>Crater 7x16</B><P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/news40/exterior/rims/w135_sv40_45.jpg"> <P>-Drew
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B>Yeah, it looks like the 40-series will finally get the wheels it deserves in the U.S...<P>Crater 7x16</B><P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/news40/exterior/rims/w135_sv40_45.jpg"> <P>-Drew<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Good work, Drew...I had forgotten the name of this alloy...it has been on the other side of the pond since 1998. I hear that they will offer this one as part of the Sport Package.<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B>Here is a sneak peak of what the 03' cars will look like:<P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/news40/gallery/s40_big_3.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/news40/gallery/s40_big_1.jpg"> <P>-Drew<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>gee, those first pics look almost exactly like my '01 S40 SE, what with the Titanium Grey, black-bezel headlights, and the lower front air dam with the (overly delicate!) piano-black inserts... it's hard to tell from the side pic above, but if those are chrome door handles, that's just *wrong*. although in this following pic, they're clearly black; i wonder if that's just a 'package thing'?<P><BR> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/news40/gallery/s40_big_5.jpg"> <P>one of the first things i had to do to my SE was to get rid of the fugly stock pseudo-chrome grille; that cheesy looking 'chromed' plastic piece of garbage looks completely out of place with the black bezel headlights (although i think it looks somewhat better on cars with the standard headlights). IMHO it looks considerably more in character with a black mesh sport grille with a color-matched bezel. apparently Volvo decided it still needs the 'chromy' bezel (a la S60.<P><BR> <IMG SRC="http://sc2.vcc.m.volvocars.se/bilder/pp/news40/gallery/s40_big_7.jpg"> <P>and to think that i had been trying to figure out the best way to get the 'slash' logo on my grille; now i'm glad i haven't finished the project; it would look too much like a new stocker!<P>odd how much those Crater wheels look like 16 spoke versions of the 10-spoke 16" BBS RKs that the dealer had slapped on my car when i went to pick it up; the dealer was going to "give me the set for just a few hundred bucks", but i made them take them off before i would accept delivery of the car. (on top of everything, they were mounted with 225s, which rubbed.. doh!)<BR>if i can find a set of the Craters at fair price, i might consider updating my "old" '01 SE with those,... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<P>
 

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The front end on the last car (with the XC type grill) looks absolutely bada$$. i think that if they can get 16's with that grill, more power and a manual transmission (yeah right) we'd be in business.<BR>Oh well, here's to dreaming.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by fhdt5r:<BR><B>a manual transmission (yeah right) Oh well, here's to dreaming.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Well, at least you can dream! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Wait till MY2004 for the manual transmission.<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by volvo5spd:<BR><B>So how many ponies is the '03 S40 slated to get?<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Don't know, yet, exactly...My guess is it will probably be a slight increase...168 or 170.<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 
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