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Eventhough these specs may be subject to some minor changes, they are official specs from Volvo's own brochure - The proof that they may slightly change is Volvo announcing the top-power T5 to have a 0-100 sprint in 6.7 s, while here it says 6.5 s.

It seems that even if the US gets the V40, there will be no manual option afterall...:rolleyes:

http://www.teknikensvarld.se/bildgalleri/volvo-v40-specifikationer/?p=0#imageView

One thing which strikes is the competitiveness of the fuel consumption even compared to the best (BMW, Audi) with manual transmission, but being beaten significantly with the automatic gear. Hope that the upcoming 8 psd Auto will rectify this!
 

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Ugh please, I was disappointed that they didn't even have a manual option for the new generation S60. By the time I look for my next car, if Volvo doesn't offer a hotted up, proper S60, I'm kissing the brand goodbye. :(
 

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I thought you americans only want the automatic :D And most cars don't even have manual there.
 

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The Americans who drive Ford Tauruses, Chevy Impalas and Toyota Camrys only want automatics. The ones who drive Volvos want stick shift :D

And forget about the Americans, even here in Europe the top of the line Volvos only come in auto, which is kind of weird as if there's one version of a car that SHOULD have stick shift, it's the most powerful, sporty version...
 

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Ugh please, I was disappointed that they didn't even have a manual option for the new generation S60. By the time I look for my next car, if Volvo doesn't offer a hotted up, proper S60, I'm kissing the brand goodbye. :(
See ya!!!
 

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They are driving Audi's and BMW's since they offer sticks.

This goes back to 2003 when people started buying the R's. People had a hard time finding the M66 because everything offered in the states was a GT. While almost every R that was bought here in Europe (Ramstein area at least) was an MT. Now I have no actual figures, it was just an observation from what I personally saw and what my sales guy was telling me at the time. But is there actual evidence that no one want's MT's? Or is it speculation on Volvo's part? Because it sure seems like that is one of the most requested options on Swedespeed for these new cars.

At least make it an option for individuals who want to order the car. Even if every vehicle Volvo offers in the states is a GT but Volvo gives customers have the option to order an MT then Volvo will sell more cars. Because right now people who want an MT will go somewhere else. That way Volvo isn't risking much, it falls on the customer who orders the vehicle.
 

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It took me a little while to find me S40 partly due to me desire for a manual transmission. There should be a way to get a MT on any Volvo model that offers one across the pond. If I'm willing to wait for it or pick it up through OSD, it should be available. I would be understandable to a disclaimer stating the possibility of a longer repair time for parts due to the MT in the states.
 

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Really? Where are they?
Grecian - Check my signature line. Many Volvo Enthusiasts on this forum (and others) either own...or crave more transmission options.

We would have purchased our 2005 V50 T5 AWD with the M66 if it was available when we ordered via OSD. Dealer's OSD Specialist at the time said it wasn't. AWD was more important than transmission choice - so went with the GT.

On our 2nd OSD - 2008 C70 T5...we were ready to custom order a C70 with the M66 - but T Schroeder found a rare (mislabeled?) C70 M66 on the "As Built/In Stock" list, so we went that route and haven't looked back.

That said - the V50 just hit 90K relatively trouble free miles and will be due for a replacement in a year (or 3). Pictures of the new V40 look promising, but our 2 canine passengers may be a little cramped and wanting for more glass in the cargo area. Gotta be AWD....AND MT. If Volvo/VCNA chooses to bring the V40/XC40 to North America - an AWD 2.0T AND MT (or DCT?) would fit the bill nicely.

My guess is that Volvo will limit NA buyers to fewer engine choices (no diesels, no hybrids, 1.6T, T5), and only offer the 'top of the line' AWD V40/XC40 with T5 and GT. If so - I won't be alone in looking at other brands - regardless of the benefits of Volvo's OSD program (if it's still around) and reputation for quality, safety and reliability. Just saying.
 

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Who knew that you would one day need to convince an auto manufacturer to sell you a vehicle? And one with a manual transmission at that! We aren't even talking prices, so apparently that isn't the most important factor to us. But you know how it is, they need to spend 10x as much money attracting new customers to vehicles their loyal customers don't want.
 

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Who knew that you would one day need to convince an auto manufacturer to sell you a vehicle? And one with a manual transmission at that! We aren't even talking prices, so apparently that isn't the most important factor to us. But you know how it is, they need to spend 10x as much money attracting new customers to vehicles their loyal customers don't want.
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Seconded.

Who knew you would have to beg a manufacturer to import cars into your country!

It is very simple: if the product isn't available, your existing brand owners and possible customers can't buy it and they will go buy elsewhere.

Cars are very expensive so people do their best to buy the vehicle that feels right for them. And, if most people keep their car for, I don't know, 7-10 years on average (?) that's a lot of time they spend with another brand. Let's not forget they're then away from your dealer network for maintenance as well. It is not just a car sale you miss out on. And these new customers you are not bringing on board will not have brand loyalty to you for their next car ... instead they're exposed to the other brand they went with during their ownership.
 

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Thanks for sharing VolvoCU.

With 335 liters of storage a V40 has only about as much trunk space as a regular VW Golf ... or about half that of a V70 / XC70. Kinda disappointing really, because a Golf/Jetta wagon slots between the V60 & V70 with 500 liters.

Exciting vehicle nonetheless.
 

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So I just got back from the Geneva Motor Show and I asked at the Volvo stand why they only sold the most powerful versions with auto transmission, and they told me that it was because those engines produced too much torque for the standard manual gearbox, and developing a special MT just for the small market share that these high-end versions represent would be too expensive for a small company like Volvo, especially since most of these cars would sell in auto anyway.

Apart from that, the V40 looks really nice in person, both outside and inside :thumbup:

And a V40 XC or AWD version will be presented in Paris in the fall.
 

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I'm curious to see the XC, but suspect I won't like it. The V40 AWD on the other hand... that I would love.
 

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I'm curious to see the XC, but suspect I won't like it. The V40 AWD on the other hand... that I would love.
I tend to agree. I think a V40 would be better than a, hypothetical, XC40 (of course, under the current guise).

However, the premium hatchback segment is pretty much non-existent at the moment, in the U.S.
 

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And a V40 XC or AWD version will be presented in Paris in the fall.
I KNEW IT!! Thanks for the info, I suspect the CUV market is larger than the hatchback market in the US. Hopefully it's large enough to see an XC40 cross the Atlantic.
 

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So I just got back from the Geneva Motor Show and I asked at the Volvo stand why they only sold the most powerful versions with auto transmission, and they told me that it was because those engines produced too much torque for the standard manual gearbox, and developing a special MT just for the small market share that these high-end versions represent would be too expensive for a small company like Volvo, especially since most of these cars would sell in auto anyway.
They believe the M66 Transmission out of the R isn't good enough to handle the same power that it was designed for? Sounds like BS to me.
 

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The transmission from the P2 probably won't work on the P1 platform. It's probably too large.

Not sure why the the 6-speed from the C30 wouldn't work though if it is compatible with the C30 Polestar. I guess 400nm is too much torque but 370nm is fine, or maybe that much more torque with the extra weight would be a problem? No clue.
 

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They believe the M66 Transmission out of the R isn't good enough to handle the same power that it was designed for? Sounds like BS to me.
Yes it is. I drive a full factory guaranteed M66-LSD handling 339.23 lb-ft of torque. No issues whatsoever.
 
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