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I was surfing and found this image. It's kinda cool looking, but I think it's a little too upright for Volvo. Still, sort of a spiritual successor to the 240.<P> <A HREF="http://quicksitebuilder.cnet.com/kar_krazy/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/volvo_v50.jpg" TARGET=_blank>http://quicksitebuilder.cnet.com/kar_krazy/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/volvo_v50.jpg</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Evolvo (edited 07-30-2001).]
 

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Looks like the Subaru Forrester, too high in the back for my tastes. <P>I prefer the lower look of the V40, but I also like the V70'ish shoulders that is going to be on the car. It'll be interesting how well the car sells. The focus heritage I think will hurt the wagon more than the sedan.
 

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I don't think that the Focus heritage will hurt the S40/V50 at all. The 40-series is not really known for its good handling and chassis dynamics, whereas the Focus always gets rave reviews for this exact same characteristic. Even the Mazda Protege has excellent handling characteristics at a fraction of the cost of the 40-series.<P>The only thing that 2nd generation Focus chassis will do is make the 40-series even better than it already is. It is a good thing that Mazda will be heading the operations for this new project because they really know how to build small cars well IMHO.<P>-Drew
 

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Is the protege based on the focus chassis?<P>I should clarify my comment somewhat - I didn't mean to imply that the focus isn't a good car or that the move to the new chassis is necessarily a bad thing. Just that I think Volvo will have more problems selling the wagon over the sedan.<P>In the mid-to-small wagon segment there's the Protege 5 (nice looking car btw), the focus wagon and at the auto show I saw a 5 door focus too (not the wagon).<P>I think that it can be done. Although last night on the drive home I was behind a Cadillac Cimeron - man that was an ugly car. At first glance I thought it was the ugliest old Cavilier with gold trim - then I realized it was a Cimeron so I was right. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>It'll will be interesting to see how Volvo positions it in the market. Putting the V70 shoulders on it will help and there are things like engines and seats.<P>On the plus side I think the jetta wagon will help prime the pump for the new V50. For me a GLS jetta wagon would have been the same price as my V40. <P>I still think it looks like a Forrester though.<P>
 

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dg,<P>I am not exactly sure if the current Protege is based off of the Focus chassis, but I know for sure that the next Focus chassis will spawn the next Protege and S40/V50.<P>I am not exactly sure why the V40 sells so poorly here in the United States compared to the S40.<P>You are right, I think that Volvo will have a problem selling the V50 just like they did the V40, unless they make an "XC" version of some sort just like the "Outback" series.<P>The "XC" continues to be the best selling version of the V70 series. I never thought that would happened, but it has. I am sure there will be a ton of people that will buy a V50 XC if they ever make it.<P>-Drew
 

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The current Protoge/323 is not based on the Focus. As was stated above, the next will be. <P>I have an article we threw together with cumulative info we have on the next gen small Volvos. I'll go ahead and run it tomorrow. <P>On one hand, the drawing above sort of points towards the taller design the 240 had. I like that, but I'm not big on the Forrester or soemthing of that nature. If they go tall on the 30/40/50 I think they should borrow heavily on the dimensions (even if it has to be scaled) of the highly successful and arguably iconic 240.
 
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