Posts from ‘Volvo’

Aug
25
1988 Volvo 780 Bertone

1988 Volvo 780 Bertone

Let’s get one thing straight right away: The Chevrolet Monte Carlo WAS a personal-luxury car. I have received at least a dozen emails and instant messages on this issue, mostly from car guys who insist that a personal-luxury car must come from a luxury brand. Not the case. For anyone who would like to spend time learning about the origins of the term, Wikipedia has a nice entry on the topic.

Aug
19
2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

2020 Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country in Birch Light Metallic (a $645 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Volvo V60 T5 Cross Country

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 395

Fuel used: 16.4 gallons

Aug
17
A Gallery of 1988 Sedan Ads

1988 Pontiac Bonneville SSE

By 1988, light-duty trucks—a category which includes pickups, minivans, and SUVs—accounted for roughly one third of new-vehicle sales. At the time, the popularity of trucks seemed scandalous to many in the automotive media, most whom wagged a stern figure at automakers, warning that a sudden surge in the price of gas would leave dealers with lots full of unsellable product.

Jun
03
Cutaway Vega

1972 Chevrolet Vega

Why are car ads so superficial? Sure, we all want to see what a car looks like outside, but what’s hiding there just underneath that shiny sheet metal?

Apr
10
2020 Volvo XC90 T8

2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription in Birch Light Metallic (a $645 option)

Quick Spin, 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription

2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover SUV

Miles driven: 295

Fuel used: 9.9 gallons

Mar
25
1987 Buick Ad

1987 Buick LeSabre

Question: Is a Buick LeSabre a luxury car? What about a LeSabre Coupe, which seems a little more indulgent than the sedan? For this collection of luxury vehicle ads, we’ve dipped a little low on the price scale by including Mercurys and Oldsmobiles, as well as the aforementioned Buick. Even if they’re not true luxury rides, it’s easy enough to argue that these particular cars are at least a cut above the mainstream fray.

Feb
20
2020 Volvo S60 T8

2020 Volvo S60 T8 Inscription in Crystal White Metallic (a $645 option)

2015 Audi Q52020 Volvo S60 T8 Inscription

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 447

Fuel used: 11.7 gallons

Feb
12
Quick Spin: 2020 Volvo XC40 Inscription

2020 Volvo XC40 Inscription in Denim Blue Metallic

Quick Spin

2020 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription

Class: Premium Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 375

Fuel used: 15.4 gallons

Jan
20

What is Geely, and What Did They Buy Now?

The business world took notice when, in early 2008, Indian billionaire Ratan Tata added Jaguar and Land Rover to his vast industrial portfolio. The acquisition proved to be a source of pride for Indian nationals, many of whom delighted in the irony that India, once a subject of the British Crown, was now in control of a pair of storied English luxury brands.

Dec
16
Classic Turbo Ads

1981 Fiat Spider Turbo

It’s a fairly simple concept: You force more air into an engine to improve volumetric efficiency and thus increase horsepower. Turbocharging is so common these days that cars are very rarely named or badged as turbos. Every single 2020 Ford Escape, for example, is turbocharged.