Volvo p1800

27 11 2012

The Volvo P1800 is a classic sports car which was first made available to buy in 1960. Volvo had long wanted to add a sports car to their range but their previous attempt, the P1900 had been a catastrophic failure, with only 68 units sold. The P1800 was to fare much better, the car was produced, at first, by Jensen Motors in West Bromwich, England.

The original engine supplied with the P1800 was known as the B18 which is derived from the Swedish word for petrol (Bensin) and its 1800cc capacity. It featured dual carburettors and generated 100 bhp. In 1963, production was moved to Sweden due to quality control problems at the Jensen plant. The car was now known as the 1800S, the S denoting its Swedish provenance. At the same time, an extra 8 bhp was added to the improved engine. In 1966, the engine was tweaked again and was now capable of 115 bhp with a top speed of 109 mph. In 1969, the B18 engine was replaced with the 2.0 litre B20B which pushed the power up to 118 bhp. Despite the new engine, the car was still known as the 1800S.

In 1970, however, it became known as the 1800E which was now fitted with the fuel injected B20E engine, generating 130 bhp with no loss of fuel economy. The top speed had now crept up to an impressive 120 mph and the 1800E would accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in around 9.5 seconds.

The last 1800 model to appear was the 1800ES, a coupp station wagon which came to market in 1972. Its engine was a slightly less powerful 125 bhp version of that found in its predecessor, but the 1800ES is generally considered to perform even better than the 1800E. As well as the standard four speed manual gear box with overdrive, the ES was also available with a three speed automatic transmission. The ES also had an all-glass tailgate, the first Volvo to do so and a feature that would be found on several later Volvo models. Although being available for two full years, only 8000 units were produced.

In 1974, the United States was to introduce stricter emissions and safety standards and Volvo decided not to invest the considerable funds needed to redesign the 1800ES given its small production volumes.

In the last year of production, 1973, only the 1800ES was produced. From 1961 to 1973, the 1800 line had seen more than 47000 units made. The marque probably would have performed much better had it not been released at the same time as the Jaguar E-Type. The P1800 was actually more expensive than an E-Type in the UK and only slightly less expensive in the US.

The P1800 appeared on TV as the car used by Simon Templar in the 1960s show, The Saint. Roger Moore, who played Templar, was so impressed by the car that he bought one for himself. When The Saint was revived in the 1970s, The Saint drove a Jaguar XJ-S.

Today, used P1800s can be picked up for as little as $10,000 and are considered a classic car, they are often available through online car listing sites such as Classic Cars.


Video: Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept

6 01 2012

Studio footage of the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept. The film features a 360° exterior view as well as interior sequences. The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is an electric car, a highly economical hybrid and a powerful high-performance car all rolled into one. The preferred driving mode is chosen via three buttons on the instrument panel: Pure, Hybrid or Power.

XC60 Plug-in concept

copyright Volvo Car Corporation

2011 Volvo V60 Sports Wagon

5 07 2010


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The pronounced wedge shape and the slim coupe-like roof line of the new V60 are accompanied by the shoulder profile along the car’s sides, creating a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.

The sporty interior of the new V60 is also the most advanced high-tech environment ever available to a Volvo driver.

Groundbreaking technology such as the optional Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake takes Volvo’s safety dedication yet another step towards the vision of building cars that do not get involved in accidents.

In the field of comfort, there are features such as the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically maintains a set gap to the vehicle in front. What is new is that the Adaptive Cruise Control operates at speeds below 30 km/h, all the way down to standstill in a car with automatic transmission.

The new V60 can naturally be equipped with parking sensors front and rear and a Park Assist camera at the rear. A camera in the front grille with a 180° field of vision is a new Volvo feature that is available as an accessory.

The camera is a great asset when maneuvering in crossings with limited view or when driving out from a tight and narrow exit such as a parking garage. The image from the camera is displayed on the 7-inch screen in the center stack.

The only 40/20/40-split rear seat in the segment, an easy to load luggage compartment and two built-in child booster cushions – the new Volvo V60 is the perfect choice for buyers who want extra flexibility on top of sporty design and an exciting drive.

2011 Volvo V60

5 07 2010

All New Volvo 2011 V60

Changes for 2011

5 05 2010

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  • The new five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel introduced in the all-new Volvo S60 is now available throughout Volvo Cars’ model range – and there are upgraded six-cylinder petrol engines too.
  • In the Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60 the newly developed 2-litre diesel engine produces 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque. In these models the engine is badged the D3.
  • The Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60 can also be specified with the high-performance D5 engine that produces 205 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque.
  • In the Volvo C30, S40, V50 and C70 the new 2-litre turbodiesel is available in two variants:
    • D4 with 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
    • D3 with 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This engine will be introduced in the C70 during the spring and later in 2010 it will also become available in the C30, S40 and V50.
  • Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60 also get upgraded petrol engines:
    • New exterior color, Flamenco Red, for all four models.
    • The Volvo XC60 is also available in a new color, Seashell, and the range of wheel rims has been extended with a new 18-inch wheel with six double spokes.
    • The Volvo V70 gets color-coded lower body panels as standard, in line with the Volvo S80.
    • The Volvo On Call system can now be combined with the Bluetooth mobile phone service.
    • With Volvo On Call it is now even possible to activate the cabin heater remotely via SMS text messaging.
    • Electrically folding rear seat headrests in the V70 and XC70.
  • Among the other new features in the 2011 Volvo C30, S40, V50 and C70 line-up are:
    • The Volvo S40 and V50 now get the same larger iron mark as the Volvo C30 and C70. The grille’s design is otherwise unchanged.
    • New paint option for the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 – Flamenco Red. The Volvo S40 and V50 are now also available in Cosmic White and Orange Flame.
    • The range of upholstery in the Volvo S40 and V50 now includes a new contrasting leather option with black seat sides, white backrest and orange stitching.
    • C70 buyers can now specify optional parking sensors front and rear.
    • Cars with Volvo On Call now have the option of activating the cabin heater remotely via SMS text messaging.

Stock Purchase Agreement Regarding Volvo Cars Signed Today

29 03 2010

Volvo cars press release – Today, 28 March, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd and Ford Motor Company have signed a stock purchase agreement regarding the ownership of Volvo Car Corporation. The deal is anticipated to be completed in the third quarter of 2010.

Stated in Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s press release:
Mr. Li Shufu, Chairman Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd, says:
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Ford, enabling us to safeguard and strengthen Volvo’s renowned brand heritage. This transaction will ensure Volvo’s Page 1 of 2 continued leadership in the premium segment, where it enjoys a global reputation for safety and environmental-friendly technologies. This famous Swedish premium brand will remain true to its core values of safety, quality, environmental care and modern Scandinavian design.”

“As part of the proposed transaction, Zhejiang Geely Holdings will maintain the strong collaborative relationships that Volvo has built with employees, unions, suppliers, dealers and above all, customers. On completion, Volvo Cars will be a separate company with its own management team based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a new board of directors.
The board and the management will have a mandate to develop Volvo Cars’ leadership in safety and clean environmental technologies, expanding the company as a world-leading premium brand with a presence in more than 100 markets and ambitious plans in the fast-growing Chinese market.”

Facts about Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd.
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. was founded in 1986 with its headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and its associated companies have established operations that span the automotive value chain, from research, development and design to production, sales and servicing. They are a fully-integrated independent auto manufacturer producing cars, engines and transmissions. Today, they are one of China’s fastest growing automotive manufacturers, as well as the industry’s leading privately held group.

Click here to watch the press conference:

For further information please go to:

Ford Motor Company’s media centre: and to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co.’s media centre:

Official pictures of the all-new 2010 Volvo S60

10 11 2009

The 2010 Volvo s60 in pictures!!!!  The all-new Volvo S60 is being unveiled to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in early March next year. Production of the sporty sedan model will start in early summer 2010 at the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium.

2010 S60

2010 S60 first pics

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