June 8, 1990 |
No one ever promised Nuccio Bertone a rose garden. And that must have been abundantly clear to the noted Italian designer when Volvo asked him to style a large coupe that would look pretty - and look like a Volvo, too. Miraculously, Bertone pulled it off when he designed the Swedish automaker's top-of-the-line 780 model. The Volvo 780 manages to be handsome while evoking a kinship with the other cars built by Refrigerators R Us. As Volvo puts it in its information packet for the car, "the 780 is sleek and stylish yet carries characteristic Volvo styling cues.
December 7, 1990 |
During the '80s, Lee Iacocca was constantly putting a new body on the same old K-car platform and announcing the birth of yet another Chrysler, Plymouth or Dodge. Now, in the '90s, the Crown Prince of Repackaging is in danger of losing his title to the emerging recycling nobility at Volvo. For 1991, the upscale Swedish automaker has spun off three "new" 940 models from the old 740 and 760. The marketing scheme retains the 740 model as a cheaper version of the new 940, but scraps the 760. Let's go back to the last model year to get a clearer notion of what has happened.
April 8, 2012 |
Antiques like myself can remember when Volvo station wagons looked like someone had toppled a refrigerator carton. Which is why it's always somewhat jarring when I come across yet another good-looking latter-day Volvo - like the XC60 I just tested. The XC60 is a luxury crossover that seems larger and roomier than its compact designation would suggest. The model I spent a week driving, the XC60 T6 AWD R-Design, is a higher-performing, top-of-the-line variant that features a torque-rich, turbocharged, 3-liter six that develops 325 horsepower.
April 4, 1997 |
For a long time, I thought that driving a Volvo was about as much fun as being accused of heresy during the Spanish Inquisition. That point of view changed several years ago when the Swedish automaker brought the turbocharged 850 model to these shores. That car was a funster, and so is its brand-new successor, the 236-horsepower S70 T5. In addition to being a suitably athletic replacement for the 850, the 1998 S70 is an example of Volvo's new model-designation system. The initial letter signifies body type, and the following number represents platform size.
August 16, 2016 |
Two killed in 3-car crash on Lincoln Drive A man and a woman died in a three-car crash on Lincoln Drive on Sunday afternoon, Philadelphia police said. The accident took place before 2 p.m. when a speeding Volvo, driven by a 23-year-old man, jumped a median strip near Gypsy Lane, according to police. The Volvo was struck by an Infiniti, which pushed the Volvo back over the median. A 55-year-old woman driving a Kia then struck the Volvo. Police did not release the names of the drivers Sunday.
January 13, 1989 |
A car-theft suspect was shot and wounded by a Haverford Township police officer Wednesday night after a high-speed car chase in which the stolen car struck the officer's cruiser, police said yesterday. Township police said that James C. Bennett, 20, of Ardmore, a passenger in a stolen 1986 Volvo sedan, suffered a gunshot wound in the buttocks moments before the car slammed into the cruiser in Lower Merion Township. Bennett was listed in satisfactory condition yesterday at Haverford Community Hospital.
January 31, 2015 |
The Berwyn location of Volvo dealer Keystone Motors, last remodeled 15 years ago, was ready for a tune-up. That was clear from customer surveys, co-owner Irv Stein said. Keystone, which also has a Volvo dealership in Doylestown, started planning a significant remodeling project that would have disrupted business for two or three months. Then Volvo came out with a corporate program to make Volvo dealerships look alike, Stein said this week. "You don't have to do it, but there is money tied to it. If you don't do it, you're giving away a large portion of the cost of doing the building," Stein said.
December 9, 2015 |
Two people died in a two-car accident Monday night in New Hope at Route 202 and North Sugan Road, officials said. Solebury Township police said a Nissan SUV and Volvo station wagon collided head-on shortly before 7:15 p.m. The Volvo's adult male driver and a female passenger in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, police said. The Nissan driver, an adult male, was flown in a medical helicopter to a hospital. His condition wasn't available. The circumstances remain under investigation.
November 10, 1990 |
In a U.S. Hot Rod Association event at the Spectrum yesterday that was prompted by a television commercial about an invincible Volvo, drivers in big- wheeled pickup trucks playfully squished a row of junked Volvos. But it wasn't all that easy for the trucking behemoths, as the Black Stallion and other motorized bullies needed several passes to compress the Swedish automobiles.
August 19, 1989 |
A Southwest Philadelphia woman was killed and her husband critically injured yesterday when their van collided with a stolen car that barrelled through a red light, police said. James and Agnes Fisher, of Saybrook Avenue near 63rd Street, were on their way to a vacation at their summer home in the Poconos with three grandchildren, police said. None of the youngsters was seriously hurt, but Agnes Fisher, 56, died of her injuries and James Fisher, 59, was in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.