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Volvo V50

revkarevka Posts: 1,750
Here is the new place to discuss the Volvo V50. To start, here's some news quoted directly from Edmunds Future Cars section:

Volvo has BMW and Audi in its sights with their upcoming V50 wagon, a replacement for the current V40. Engine choices will consist of either a 170-horsepower normally aspirated five-cylinder, or a 200 hp turbocharged version of the same engine.

image What do you think?

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  • vonn1vonn1 Posts: 26
    Looks like a baby V70. I own a V70 so I am not saying I dislike the look of it, but Volvo could have been a little more original with the design. Perhaps they are following Audi in the "every car needs to look the same" realm. It will be interesting to see how this car stacks up to the A4 and 3 series estates. Knowing the acclaim of these cars, let's hope Volvo came loaded for bear.
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,704
    I hope this V50 isn't based on a Ford platform.
  • bill_1bill_1 Posts: 97
    I think it definitely has alot of potential but I wouldn't buy one unless I can get it with a manual gearbox. : )
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    I've just linked some new tools and resources into the Helpful Links on the left side of the page. Keep your eyes open for other features, articles, and discussions to be added to that area. Happy motoring!

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  • art_nyart_ny Posts: 1
    Called Volvo America and customer service said that the V50 is years away. Not in the 2003 lineup. Anybody else hear any different?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    That car will not be available until the 2004.
    The current V40 will be built for the 2003 model year. The first examples are already at the dealers now.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    From Edmunds' Future Vehicles Section: 2004 Volvo V50 Luxury Wagon. Hope you enjoy!

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    Thanks for your comments!

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  • From all indications the V50 (and XC50 AWD body-cladded version) will be based on the same platform as the next Ford Focus and Mazda3 (formerly Protege), and so won't appear 'till about the same time those models are available... coming to the party so late it will have to offer some sort of added value, maybe the XC90's roll-sensing system, but expect that to drive the price out of the reach of the masses. Too bad these models aren't available now... guess I'll have to "settle" for a Subaru :)
  • Thanks for the advice, libertycat, but the V70 is just an enormous car, I'd like a short wheelbase, nimble wagon, easy to park... a Mazda Protege5 with a lot more torque or a Lexus IS300 with a lot nicer interior and a lot higher suspension (not for offroading, for jumping curbs and medians) and a lot lower price. All wheel drive (Haldex or otherwise) would be a plus...
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    It has all the features you want and there are some good deals out there.
  • The V40 is not ugly to me, but I need to put adults in the back seat and dogs and stuff in the way-back. The V40 has an excellent automatic transmission (courtesy of Mitsubishi, I think) which I am hoping is not an evolutionary dead end. Is an AWD, roomy V40 that's still nimble and zippy too much to ask?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Tranny is the Aisin-Warner that Volvo developed for their other models.
    Only Mitsu part is the turbocharger unit.

    As for a roomy zippy AWD, Volvo already has the XC70.
  • The V40 isn't too ugly for me either, volvomax, but it isn't terribly well regarded and it is definitely very costly for what it offers and what it competes with (Jetta wagon, Focus wagon, the Subarus and even the A4 Avant). IIRC, it is based on the Mitsubishi Carisma platform and Dutch-built, not Swedish. I'd still be considering it but I'd rather see what its rumored replacement, the V50 is all about. Maybe it will be indistinguishable from the Mazda3 and '04 Focus anyways?

    Libertycat, thanks for the Mercedes wagon suggestion, if I decide to go used I'll look at it closely... I understand DaimlerChrysler will be bringing diesel wagons here in about the same timeframe as the V50, which is also intriguing...
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Not based om Carisma!
    Yes its built at the Nedcar plant in Holland,most Volvos are assembled outside Sweden.
    V59 will be built at Ghent in Belgium alongside the S60.
    The V40 chassis is most closely related to the S/V 70 chassis.
    As for cost vs competitors,with the current incentives its quite a deal compared to the others.
    You get a better warranty,and more safety features. plus the new 170hp engine gives it extra zip.
  • Thanks for the info, Volvomax! Are you a Volvo employee, out of curiosity? I see that the V50 and S40 have appeared on the Future Cars section on Edmunds finally... perhaps they will appear this summer after all? Swedespeed.com and volvospy.com haven't had any new news in about a year...
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Won't be for sale until Jan or Feb 2004.
    Won't be unveiled till Nov 2003.
  • the S40 replacement is due by EOM...and the V50 is coming at model year end. (Figure October?)

    I am hoping I can fix my credit before October and snatch a V40 at the nice incentive prices they are offering. At $25+ it is hard to choose. At $19.5, it becomes a veritable bargain.

    I hope the V50 comes correct and ready to play...Mazda is due to release a 6 wagon soon, and others are well-established in the market: MB, Subaru, VW Jetta/Passat, Audi A4.

    Will be excited to see what Volvo is bringing to the table after the XC90 being such a nice launch.
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