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2008 model year enhancements across the Volvo range

Volvo has made a number of improvements and additions for its 2008 model year range of cars (production start 14 May) while maintaining or lowering prices on most models to offer great value for customers. All models are available to order now, with first customer deliveries expected in July.

Volvo is the first manufacturer to offer aux input for MP3 player connection as standard across its entire Volvo model range. Volvo also now equips all models (excluding the current V70) with ISOFIX child seat system as standard, and water repellent glass (WRG) becomes standard on all Volvo SE, SE Sport and SE Lux models.

Reinforcing the company’s commitment to environmental care, Volvo is also introducing the widest and most comprehensive range of biofuel-powered vehicles in the UK1. Powered by E85 ethanol, a 1.8 FlexiFuel model delivering 125PS is now available in the C30 SportsCoupe, S40 saloon, V50 Sportswagon and a 145PS 4 cylinder Flexifuel engine will be available in the all new V70 estate later this year.

New Volvo S40 saloon and new V50 Sportswagon

As recently announced2, Volvo’s two best-selling models, the S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon, have been refreshed to offer a comprehensive exterior and interior redesign to enhance their dynamism, versatility and safety even further. Prices are held across both model lines, with the S40 range starting from £13,750 for the S40 1.6S and £15,995 for the V50 1.6S.

Volvo S60 saloon

A new, lower entry-level price for S60 2.0T S has been introduced at £19,995 OTR. Along with the high level of standard safety features you’d expect from a Volvo, standard specification includes 16" alloys, DSTC, climate control, electric door mirrors and windows, cruise control, leather steering wheel and Performance audio with six speakers and CD player. A new exterior colour, Matt Gold, is also introduced.

Prices have been held across the Volvo S60 range, with a minor £5 increase on some models. Volvo’s gas-powered model, the Volvo S60 Bi-Fuel CNG, as well as the 300PS performance saloon, the Volvo S60 R, are discontinued.

Volvo S80 executive saloon

Following the new Volvo S80 realignment at the beginning of this year, only minor specification and pricing changes have been made at the 2008 model year. A new Inscription exterior colour is available, Ember Black, as well as two new alloy wheel options. Inside, a new natural unvarnished wood trim will be available, called Modern Wood. Again, prices are held across the range, with a minor £3 increase on some models. The entry-level S80 2.5T SE is available OTR for £24,995.

Enhancing the diesel line-up for the S80, the 185PS D5 diesel engine is now available to order with AWD (All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction). The AWD model is available in all trim levels, starting at £27,630 for the S80 D5 AWD SE.

Improvements have been made to the engine sound characteristics on the two Volvo S80 diesel engines (D5 and 2.4D). This has been achieved by all new injectors, revisions to the oil sump and tuning of the mountings for engine and other components. The result is a smoother engine note during acceleration with a subtle hint of the classic Volvo 5-cylinder engine burble.

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Published : 14/05/07 Author : Melanie Carter

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