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Swedish TV interview with Steven Odell (volvocars) and Leif Johansson (Volvo AB)<p><A HREF="http://tv4play.se/aktualitet/nyhetsmorgon?videoId=1.1046040" TARGET="_blank">http://tv4play.se/aktualitet/n...46040</A><p>also linked via volvo.com
 

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Interesting...<p>No "juicy" revelations, though...<p>I like that Leif Johansson drives the new Volvo V70...I think that he knows a thing or two about cars...<p>A nod to some SS contributors, who call it " the worst generation"...
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gascos80</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I like that Leif Johansson drives the new Volvo V70...I think that he knows a thing or two about cars...<p>A nod to some SS contributors, who call it " the worst generation"...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I didn’t rewatch the clip to confirm, but I don’t remember him specifically calling out the “new V70” but rather “a V70”. Seeing as how he touted its mileage, I’d question that he was talking about the new. And while I wouldn’t call this generation’s V70 the worst, it’s not the best; the P2s are so far Volvo’s pinnacle wagon. <p>I’d have a harder time deciding between the original V70 and this new one…would we be talking about their impact on the market into which they were released, or would we be talking about, given the choice of driving one or the other today, which would I go for? If the latter, I’d go for the new—because it’s new—but if the former, I wasn’t paying attention to this stuff back then to say.<p>Regardless it was nice to pin faces/personalities to the names, but that’s about all there is to see here.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>exizldelfuego</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I didn’t rewatch the clip to confirm, but I don’t remember him specifically calling out the “new V70” but rather “a V70”. Seeing as how he touted its mileage, I’d question that he was talking about the new. And while I wouldn’t call this generation’s V70 the worst, it’s not the best; the P2s are so far Volvo’s pinnacle wagon. <p>I’d have a harder time deciding between the original V70 and this new one…would we be talking about their impact on the market into which they were released, or would we be talking about, given the choice of driving one or the other today, which would I go for? If the latter, I’d go for the new—because it’s new—but if the former, I wasn’t paying attention to this stuff back then to say.<p>Regardless it was nice to pin faces/personalities to the names, but that’s about all there is to see here.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>I do not remember if he said - "new" , but it was precisely the mileage that let me think about the new generation. The new V70 is available with the new Volvo 4-cyl engines listed at almost 60 mpg for a diesel and over 40 mpg for a petrol or flex fuel. These engines were not available for the P2 cars. In Europe, the new generation of Volvo is the most frugal ever.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by gascos80 at 9:19 PM 6-21-2009</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gascos80</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I do not remember if he said - "new" , but it was precisely the mileage that let me think about the new generation. The new V70 is available with the new Volvo 4-cyl engines listed at almost 60 mpg for a diesel and over 40 mpg for a petrol or flex fuel. These engines were not available for the P2 cars. In Europe, the new generation of Volvo is the most frugal ever.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Oops, you’re right; I was only thinking about what we get in the US. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gascos80</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The new V70 is available with the new Volvo 4-cyl engines listed at almost 60 mpg for a diesel and over 40 mpg for a petrol or flex fuel. These engines were not available for the P2 cars. In Europe, the new generation of Volvo is the most frugal ever.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>But Volvo has been criticized in Europe for lagging behind the competition when it comes to fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
 

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Re: interview with Steven Odell (Munin)

True, but Volvo already answered with the 1.6L engines, best in class for the CO2 emission, overall emission and fuel efficiency. I keep my faith in the brand's ability to maintain the environmental leadership.<p>See this <p><A HREF="http://www.whatgreencar.com/news-item.php?Volvo-V50-16D-DRIVe-review" TARGET="_blank">http://www.whatgreencar.com/ne...eview</A><p>for instance.
 

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Yes, but I guess that's part of the criticism: That they're a step behind the competition and seem to be playing catch-up.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gascos80</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I do not remember if he said - "new" , but it was precisely the mileage that let me think about the new generation.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>According to a posting on a Swedish internet chat forum he used to drive a 2007 S80. If that's true, than the V70 is presumably a new car. <I>Dagens Industri</I> also says he drives a V70 (and that he owns a 1974 Volvo 164).<p>(Source: <A HREF="http://di.se/Avdelningar/Artikel.aspx?ArticleID=2008\11\19\312219&sectionid" TARGET="_blank">http://di.se/Avdelningar/Artik...ionid</A>)
 

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Re: interview with Steven Odell (Munin)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Munin</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yes, but I guess that's part of the criticism: That they're a step behind the competition and seem to be playing catch-up.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>As nice as I really do believe this new generation of Volvos is, I completely agree with this. They made a play up-market precisely when their old niche would have served them really well: higher value vs higher prices, better mileage vs better performance, etc. That said, I have been impressed by their <I>stated</I> about-face and look forward to actually seeing the results here in the US.
 
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