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#1 Motoko.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 15:22

I'm looking to purchase a S60 and I looked up the assembly platform and to my surprise it's still based in Belgium. For some paranoid reason I kept thinking since Ford bought jaguar and volvo among other brands I kept thinking they lowered the standards like quality of materials among other factors like assembly manufacturing procedures etc.


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 15:28

Ford no loner own Volvo or Jaguar.

Tata own Jaguar and Land Rover
Aston Martin is now independent (consortium)
Vovlo without googling is now independent.

I think there maybe parts/engine sharing between the companies and I thinnk ford only now not using the volvo 2.5 5cyl turbo

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 15:36

Ford no loner own Volvo or Jaguar.

Tata own Jaguar and Land Rover
Aston Martin is now independent (consortium)
Vovlo without googling is now independent.

I think there maybe parts/engine sharing between the companies and I thinnk ford only now not using the volvo 2.5 5cyl turbo

Oh wow that's really good news. I thought those brands would never be the same again. I'm gonna go for the S60 -R fully loaded

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 15:37

Ford no loner own Volvo or Jaguar.

Tata own Jaguar and Land Rover
Aston Martin is now independent (consortium)
Vovlo without googling is now independent.

I think there maybe parts/engine sharing between the companies and I think ford only now not using the volvo 2.5 5cyl turbo.


Volvo was sold to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in 2010

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 15:40

Volvo is owned by Geely Automobile, part of a Chinese holding company: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volvo

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 16:20

@ OP

S60 is nice and, yes, Volvo still makes great cars!



#7 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 16:36

In my opinion I would, say they still make good cars the S80's are nice

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 20:25

S60 platform is the same used for Mazda 3 and Ford Focus IIRC...

Edit: nope, S60 is mazda 6 and ford XX

Still, eletricals and whatnots are all the same apparently

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 20:31

Volvo made great cars?...

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 20:32

nearly all brands lowered quality, imo.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 20:36

Volvo made great cars?...

They have for quite some years and still do actually.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 21:45

Volvo made great cars?...


Volvo has *always* made great cars - even back in the days of the (infamous) 240 series. However, the 240s were, in a word, *boring*. No real pizazz in terms of styling, but safer than the average house (that is something Volvos and Saabs were both known for - however, Volvo, unlike Saab, was quirk-free). For that reason, Volvos (and Saabs, such as the 99 and 99E) became seen as mid-level engineers' cars (entry-level engineers drove Subarus, mid-level engineers drove Volvos or Saabs, while high-level engineers drove Mercedes or BMWs).

During the 1980s, Volvo actually took their *boring* 740 Turbo (saloon) and 740 GLT wagon to SCCA and competed heads-up against BMW's 3-series and 5-series - and handed both their heads. (The GLT wagon is still the only wagon to win the sedan-class SCCA World Championship - and it did so twice.)

The 740 Turbo and 760 Turbo (both gasoline and Diesel, and especially the wagons) were like a good *street sniper* in automotive terms - not a clue that serious firepower was under the hood. (I mean, really - who in their right mind would expect the prototypical *soccer mom* wagon of the pre-minivan days to turn your Bavarian sport sedan into mincemeat?)

I could see Betty Ross (David Banner's girlfriend in the two recent Hulk movies) driving an XC90 today. However, like her boyfriend, you wouldn't want to challenge it.