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Why hasn't this yet been offered? I would seriously be interested in this car if I could get a 5-speed. Volvo could probably win over a lot of car buyers who end up with an Audi A4 if they would just offer a more sport-oriented version of the S40 or V40.
 

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I totally agree. I don't get it at all. This car is literally the spiritual successor to the 250, argueably Volvo's most successful car ever, and the numbers they sell of it are nothing. I bet some of that is due in part to the lack of engine/tranny choices. The T-4 would also be nice to have over here.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Evolvo:<BR><B>I totally agree. I don't get it at all. This car is literally the spiritual successor to the 250, argueably Volvo's most successful car ever, and the numbers they sell of it are nothing. I bet some of that is due in part to the lack of engine/tranny choices. The T-4 would also be nice to have over here.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>You are right about the T4 although it would be prohibitive as far as price is concerned. I have driven in Europe the 2.0T w/ the manual and it is a really neat car. Volvo is really missing the boat by not offering the car with a manual transmission. We have complained and requested by they do not listen. Same stupid mistake as when it took them FOUR years to bring this car here in the States. They kept telling us that "itis too small for the American market", "it will be too expensive"....the car has been very successful...<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 240:<BR><B>Why hasn't this yet been offered? I would seriously be interested in this car if I could get a 5-speed. Volvo could probably win over a lot of car buyers who end up with an Audi A4 if they would just offer a more sport-oriented version of the S40 or V40.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I think the T4 would be more important for sales than the manual alone although I wouldn't mind seeing BOTH.<P>
 

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Originally posted by Phil Pugliese:<BR>This has come up a few times...The 1.9T will not pass emissions with a stick.<P>Actually it will pass emmissions but at Volvo they do not want to spend the extra $1 million or so that they need to spend in order to certify the car (both for emmissions and the crash testing which is the MOST important and MOST EXPENSIVE part of a vehicle certification). The only 40-series cars that cannot pass emmissions (under its current format) are the S and V40 T4s.<P>Volvo does not believe that it is justifiable spending $1+ million certifying a car that (according to their opinion which I believe is wrong) will contribute very little to their 40-series sales.<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B>
Originally posted by Phil Pugliese:<BR>Volvo does not believe that it is justifiable spending $1+ million certifying a car that (according to their opinion which I believe is wrong) will contribute very little to their 40-series sales.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>It's hard to believe that even with Ford's backing, Volvo will not offer the manual transmission here. I'm sure it would be successful, considering the current popularity of affordable, sporty cars.<BR>
 

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This is what I heard. The current first generation S40 does not have a stick and will never have a stick. This is why I drive a Nissan instead of a Volvo S40. Nissan builds sticks so I bought one from them.<P>Why no stick?<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Phil Pugliese:<BR><B>The 1.9T will not pass emissions with a stick.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>Not true...It would pass emissions except Volvo can't see spending money on doing the emissions and crash testing for every engine and transmission combination since the car will be replaced soon.<P>FYI~ In Europe, Volvo has nine different engines available, 6 gas, 2 diesel, and a Bi-fuel engine. Manual trasmission is standard with automatic only available with some engines. Just goes to show all the good cars are left at home.<BR><P>
 

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...and don't bother the dealers about it. They will just try to bump you from a fully loaded S40 into a base S60 with a stick since the price is about the same. I guess they don't understand why you would want a S40 over a S60 since they don't see any difference other than commission they recive.<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 745TRBOBRK:<BR><B>...and don't bother the dealers about it. They will just try to bump you from a fully loaded S40 into a base S60 with a stick since the price is about the same. I guess they don't understand why you would want a S40 over a S60 since they don't see any difference other than commission they recive.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Whoooaaa! Hold your horses, Datsun boy, will 'ya? Didn't your mama teach you that it is bad manners to generalize? <P>And where the heck did you get a Primera? I didn't know they sold Primeras in the US! (I assume, based on your post info, that you live in the US)...<P>Yannis<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B>Whoooaaa! Hold your horses, Datsun boy, will 'ya? Didn't your mama teach you that it is bad manners to generalize?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>Okay your right. I shouldn't stereotype all dealers, but all 5 dealers in western Washington said that to me.<P>I don't get along with sales people, sorry Yannis.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B>And where the heck did you get a Primera? I didn't know they sold Primeras in the US! (I assume, based on your post info, that you live in the US)...<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>Infiniti G20 is a what it is called in the US. But after I switched all the emblems, grill, side mirrors, lights, side markers, etc. to japanese spec, I just call it a Primera and don't go into how it was an Infiniti and I spent the last 5 months looking for and switching the parts.<P>
 

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Alright, alright! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Why don't you like salespeople...they help you...buy the things you enjoy! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>Primeras a little different, at least in Europe. They were also lower (the hatchback version) to the ground and had a wider track (Primera GT).<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B>Primeras a little different, at least in Europe. They were also lower (the hatchback version) to the ground and had a wider track (Primera GT).</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>Which years are you talking about??? 91-96, 97-98, 99-<P>Most of the things are insignificant and will be replaced with aftermarket anyway.<P>US didn't get the hatchback, 97-98, 4WD, or a CVT<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>I just call it a Primera and don't go into how it was an Infiniti and I spent the last 5 months looking for and switching the parts.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR>WOW that sounds GREAT !! I think I will go out and buy R emblem for my 850 GLT <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif"><P>
 

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That's a bit different I think. What he is doing is more like changing a Mercury Mystique to a Ford Mondeo than like changing a 318 to an M3. He's not making it a faux version of a higher level car, he's taking it more back to the original iteration of it before it was rebadged Infiniti.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>That's a bit different I think. What he is doing is more like changing a Mercury Mystique to a Ford Mondeo than like changing a 318 to an M3. He's not making it a faux version of a higher level car, he's taking it more back to the original iteration of it before it was rebadged Infiniti.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Well, he is actually "degrading" his car. An Infiniti G20 was far more luxurious than ANY Nissan Primera. You cannot have an "Infiniti Primera", those two just don't go together. Obviously the name "Primera" is far more important to him.<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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Correct me if I am wrong, but up until recently, wasn't Infiniti only sold in the states or North America? In Europe and Japan, it was the Primera. Now, following the almost iconic rule amongst import car fiends, that the better stuff is from the home market, then I can see why he'd do it.<P>I liken it to being like people with 850s who get rid of the amber reflector in their front corner markers. It serves no purpose and costs money, but to them, it makes the car look cooler.<P>As for what makes a car look cooler, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>Correct me if I am wrong, but up until recently, wasn't Infiniti only sold in the states or North America? In Europe and Japan, it was the Primera. Now, following the almost iconic rule amongst import car fiends, that the better stuff is from the home market, then I can see why he'd do it.<P>I liken it to being like people with 850s who get rid of the amber reflector in their front corner markers. It serves no purpose and costs money, but to them, it makes the car look cooler.<P>As for what makes a car look cooler, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.</B><BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Oh, I am not chastising him, I am just expressing my opinion. I don't know about Japan but in Europe the Primera was an average (cost and looks) sedan/coupe. Sort of what a Camry is here. Nothing too fancy. Nissan decided to bring a low price car for its highline marquee, Infiniti (like Honda took the Civic and made the...Integra!) for the US market. So, they took the Primera and made quite a few upgrades (like the I30 was born out of the Maxima), gave it a peppier engine and, voila! Here is the G20! That's why I wrote "he is degrading his car"...Obviously, the Primera is a lower grade car than the Infiniti G20. Japanese manufacturers 9and the Big 3) are masters in just taking a low budget car and "upgrading" it to create w "different" new car...<P>European manufacturers just do not "degrade" (hehehe!) themselves like that...oops! Perhaps VW does...<P>Yannis<P><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jesse850GLT:<BR><B>WOW that sounds GREAT !! I think I will go out and buy R emblem for my 850 GLT <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif"></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>iPD sells them if you want one, but that is not what I'm doing to my car.<P>I am not overstating what my car is by slapping stickers on it to make it appear more than it is. <P>Most people actully think I'm understating by saying Nissan instead of Infiniti. Those people do not know that Infiniti is name that a bunch of Japanese businessmen made up to take a Nissan, add leather and power functions, call it a luxury car, and sell it to the gulible Americans at a high price.<P>
 
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