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why are all the new cars front wheel? I like the new volvo, but why?<BR>and then why are the engines are horzontally transversed?
 

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I'd say cost?<P>That and most Americans can't/don't like to drive them.<P>I learned to drive in a RWD Volvo. In the middle of a snow covered mall parking lot. I learned skid control, drift, and proper braking and accel manuevers. Not to mention you could scare the hell out of your friends in the back seat by doing fish tails! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>
 

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My cousin has an 854 and a 244 and he prefers the 244 in the snow. His 854 only has 15" wheels on it also. Can't figure that one out. I haven't had a chance to run snows on the 854R yet, but running some Turbo wheels last year in the snow, I wasn't very impressed. I'm told good snow tires make a big dif in the fwd.<P>I think the big reason they stopped making the rwd is cost. Almost everyone does it that way. Packaging and weight bias is another concern.
 

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It's cheaper not to have the rwd drivetrain, and in commuter circumstances, fwd handles more predictably. Blame Alec Issigonis for the transverse mounted fwd craze.<P>I like both but since neither of my cars has an LSD, I currently prefer FWD in bad weather.<P>cheers,<BR>scott
 

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It would be nice if the biggest Volvos (S80) were RWD. These cars have powerful engines (~280 hp), which is a bit much for the front wheels.
 

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well good snow tires can make a huge difference with any type of car.. FWD RWD AWD it really dosnt matter. the tires are designed to cut through the snow and hit grip where ever it can, where as all season tires are basicly made for dry and watter coverd highways.. not 2 or 4 inch drifts of snow...
 
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