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Swedish Police Volvo XC70 Rams, Rolls Audi

OK, these pictures has been floating around for a while but I just had to add them. What we see here is a Swedish Police Volvo XC70 showing us what happens if you’re a drugged up couple of thieves trying to outrun them. The Volvo eats that Audi straight up, om-nom-nom. The Swedish Police aren’t usually this brutal so I’m a bit surprised, but I’d rather have them ram these suckers off the road than having that Audi speed somewhere else.

The pictures were taken close to Gävle in Sweden by Joen Jarl, a 24-year old student luckily sitting with his camera in his lap when the Police pursuit passed them. Apparently the Audi tried to U-turn in a desperate attempt to get away from the Police, so the officers decided to hit them right on instead of risking losing them again (full story available in Swedish at

Check out the sequence here, click the thumbnails for larger images:

(via car lounge)

HEICO SPORTIV Facelift for 2010 Volvo C30

German-based HEICO SPORTIV continues to tune Volvo models (check out their work on the XC60 if you haven’t already), now it’s the already facelifted 2010 1.6D DRIVe C30 getting some additional love.

After an ECU remap the C30 engine now offers 125 hp and 280 Nm torque and does 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, that’s 2.1 seconds faster than the stock model. The top speed has been upgraded from 190 to 200 km/h as well. Exterior-wise you get a remodeled front and rear with a HEICO SPORTIV front spoiler made of fiber-strenghtened polyurethane, rear valence with diffuser and a 4-pipe stainless steel exhaust system, exclusive five and ten spoke VOLUTION rims for 18 and 19 inch wheels, differential lock, stainless steel double and quad pipe exhaust system with “HEICO SPORTIV Sound Guarantee”, sport suspension lowering the vehicle with 3 cm, 4-cylinder sport brake system and a aluminum and leather interior details.

Last but not least, there’ll be tuning available for the Volvo C30 T5 and all turbi-diesel engines as well. The 1.6D DRIVe model will have a starting price tag of ca EUR 29,900 and the parts will be available individually as well.

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First 2011 Volvo S60 Teaser Video

Here’s the first official video of the sleek 2011 Volvo S60 about to debut in a couple of months! As usual when there’s new design attributes people are divided, but I really like those taillights. There’s no interior shots yet, but I’ll post them as soon as they’re available.

Volvo XC60 named International Truck Of The Year 2010

Volvo XC60 International Truck of the Year 2010

Hey, look at that; Volvo XC60 (my current personal favorite among the Volvo models) beat 9 competing crossovers, SUVs and trucks and was named 2010 International Truck of the Year by the ICOTY jury (a panel consisting of 19 car magazines and websites) and the award was handed over at the 2009 LA Auto Show.

The fact that the XC60 is the first car to offer City Safety (where the car brakes automatically if the driver reacts too slow) as standard equipment ought to have helped.

Congrats, Volvo!

(via autoblog)

2010 Volvo S60: First Official Pictures

2010 Volvo S60 Exterior

Volvo unveiled the first official pictures of the sporty 2010 S60 today, but you’ll have to wait until the Geneva Motor Show in March next year to see it live though. Production is scheduled to start in early summer 2010.

2010 Volvo S60 Exterior

Introducing the all-electric Volvo C30 BEV

The all-electric Volvo C30 BEV

Yeah, it looks like a regular Volvo C30 allright, but this is model is a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) currently evaluated by Volvo. This Lithium-Ion-battery powered and – if you use green electricity – close-to-zero-emissions car ought to look seriously interesting for city drivers and commuters, sporting a range of 150 kilometers, a top speed of 130 km/h and you’re able to recharge the battery via a regular power socket and a full charge takes about 8 hours.

“The consumer must feel that this type of car is attractive both to drive and own. In order to ensure this, we feel that electric cars will have to be as comfortable and safe and offer similar levels of performance as cars with other power sources.” says Paul Gustavsson, Director of Electrification Strategy at Volvo Cars.

The all-electric Volvo C30 BEV

The all-electric Volvo C30 BEV

GamesCom: Volvo S60 Concept On Display

Volvo S60 Concept

If you’re a fan of Volvo’s S60 Concept and near Cologne, Germany you could (and should) head over to the game fair GamesCom and check out the S60 Concept they have on display there. The car will be in Atari/Namco Bandai’s exhibition stand from August 19 to 23. Why the game fair? Well, you can drive the S60 concept in “Volvo The Game” (free download).

Volvo XC60 2010 R-Design

Volvo XC60 2010 R-Design

Volvo will present the XC60 R-Design option pack at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009. On the outside you’ll find five-spoke 18″ (and even 20″ if you want to) Cratus aluminum wheels (unique for R-Design models), door mirror housings, trim mouldings, decor trim in matte metal finish, skid plates, metal finish grille with R-Design emblem and twin chrome tailpipes. The lower section of the car is color matched to the rest of the body instead of matte black making the car appear as lower than the standard model although it’s not. The chassis is stiffer, sporting stronger damping and the car now features more direct steering.

On the inside you’ll find metal finish; aluminum inserts on the centre stack, door mouldings and the steering wheel (with perforated leather and an engraved R-Design emblem). The pedals are made of brushed aluminum and rubber inserts,

Volvo XC60 2010 R-Design

Volvo XC60 2010 R-Design