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These are some interesting questions that people asked Volvo from the live chat at Volvo Concept Lab:<P><B>1.)</B> Where did Volvo get the inspiration for their new interior design theme?<P><B>Volvo Response:</B> "We got our inspiration from the exterior of the F117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter."<P><B>2.)</B> Is Volvo going to produce rear wheel drive cars to enhance the driving experience? <P><B>Volvo Response:</B> "It is a very important thing to us but there should also be a balance against other proprties like winter driving. We dont have any plans to do a RWD car but we don't exclude it."<P><B>3.)</B> As a sporty driver, I like oversteering cars. Although I currently drive a V40 and I really love that car, I'm thinking of my next car. Id like to have a rear-wheel drive car. Will Volvo reconsider their "all-cars-FWD" strategy?<P><B>Volvo Response:</B> "We will consider several options for the future! RWD might be one of them now when we hear that we have one customer!"<P><B>4.)</B> Where did the inspiration of the ACC (Volvo SUV) concept come from?<P><B>Volvo Response:</B> "The inspiration was exclusive of Executive Jets, to go from point A to B in style."<P><B>5.)</B> Why dont you use coloured side mouldings in your new cars, like on the S70, they look much better?<P><B>Volvo Response:</B> "Using black mouldings is one way of making the car look lower."<P><B>6.)</B> Which car do you wish you had designed yourself?<P><B>Volvo Response:</B> "The Jaguar E-type roadster."<P>It sounds like Volvo is not denying the fact that might once again build a RWD car! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 04-27-2001).]
 

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There have been rumors that Volvo may make use of the Jaguar S-type/ Lincoln LS platform for a new 90-series. They're hard to confirm though, and rather far out there, so I don't know how realistic this is.
 

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>> It sounds like Volvo is not denying the fact that might once again build a RWD car! <P>Ah yes. But these same people think my fake wood trim looks like it was lifted off a jet figher <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>- Darell<P>
 

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Evolvo writes: <BR>"LOL, that's so true. I'd prefer black plastic over fake wood."<P>i'm not much of a fan of fake wood, either, but if it's going to be plastic, i hope it's not the same glassy-smooth butter-soft plastic that they used for the "Piano Black Inlays" on my S40 SE; that stuff scratches if you so much as look at it, and shows every bit of dust and every one of those scratches in perpetuity!<BR>yes, sure, i'm sure it looked cool on the designers drafting table, and (probably more importantly) looks cool on the showroom floor when it's new (and for about a minute afterwards),... but it's really not very practical in places that are going to see wear, like:<BR>- next to the passengers on the doors, or<BR>- next to the forward center console storage area around the shifter, where everything that gets put in or out of the storage area is likely to scratch it, or (worst of all!)<BR>- at the bottom corners of the SEs "special" lowered air dam on the front of the car, where it meets every little airborne particle that makes it just a few inches off of the ground at whatever speed i happen to be flying,... er, *driving* at,... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<P>
 

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I don't own a volvo yet but in response to question #5. I wisk the designers would try getting car wax of of the unpainted Black plastic trim and side molding they all seem to prefer.
 

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Jiller-Joe -<P>I actually prefer the black trim for two reasons:<P>1. I don't use wax, but use Klasse all-in-one instead, so I do not have any white-crap-on-black-plastic issues. Give it a shot, love life more.<P>2. If the trim is actually used to protect the car from another bumper, another door, a shopping cart, hitting a small pet at 100mph, etc, it won't need to be repainted to look good.<P>my .02<P>- Darell<p>[This message has been edited by darell (edited 06-03-2001).]
 

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i agree with Darrell on this one; as cool as painted color-matched molding looks, i like the Black Molding for the Real Life 'Livability Factor'. it doesn't show a lot of wear easily, and it's easy to touch up and keep looking good. (and it sure beats the heck out of the blue and brown stuff they're using on the XCs this year,... blech!)<P>of course, my car's dark (Titanium) Grey, so the trim really doesn't really stand out anyway,... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P><BR>cheers!<BR>e<P>
 

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In regards to the wax on the black and plastic trim, this has been a pet peeve of mine too. As hard as I tried to avoid getting it on the trim pieces, some wax always seems to find its way there. I could not find anything to take the white waxy residue off.<P>As part of my desperation, I sent an email to Meguiars and asked them if they had a product to use. They wrote back with the following response<P>"Please use our Meguiars Heavy Duty Vinyl Cleaner # 39. M-39-16. I would use this<BR>product with a toothbrush for best results. Then follow up with your vinyl<BR>conditioner for best results."<P>I managed to track this product down and used it about a month ago, and it does work! I would definitely recommend it.<BR>--<P>'01 V70 T5 platinum green<BR>
 

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I don't really mind the black trim as long as it can stand the test of time. There are so many 850's out there with faded black trim that it looks terrible. Those used 850's in the sunbelt area seem to have this problem really bad. My parents had a new 86' 740, kept it for 10 years and in the end, the plastic bumpers were completely faded.<P>The do-it-yourself trick is melted peanut butter. Ever since the S80 came out, people were complaining about getting wax on the black trim. It might sound strange, but it seems to really work! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew
 

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Again I've gotta say:<P>1. Protect it with 303 and it will never fade enough to notice. <P>2. "Wax" your car with Klasse, and you'll never get the white paste on it in the first place.<P>Fix the problem before it happens, I always say (well, not really, but I said it here).<P>- Darell
 

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I always have good luck on black moldings hen I use the Mequires Tire Gel. It doesn't work so great on tires, but on the trim it stays on for a few washings. I touch it up about once a month, and they have a nice satin look to them. On my 242 bumpers, I always used more of a dressing and although I had to do it every time I washed, it always looked perfect. At least when someone bumps you there isn't paint to chip off....<P>Sean<P>
 
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