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November 21, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Amid all the hoopla surrounding the Los Angeles Auto Show's bigger events, like the world debut of Porsche's Cayman , Toyota's RAV4 or Jaguar bringing sexy (and powerful) back, Volvo would kindly like you not to forget it exists. To help you out, the company will be bringing to the L.A. show the S60 Polestar Concept. It cranks out a whopping 508 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged, inline six-cylinder engine similar to the one in the all-wheel-drive production S60 we tested in 2010 (which has 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque in stock form)
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April 7, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
The Los Angeles Police Department said it believes it has identified the type of auto involved in a hit-and-run that killed a federal court judge's son last December. Police said they are seeking a light colored Volvo 740 Series Wagon manufactured in the early 1990s. Police are circulating a photo of a Volvo similar to the one that struck 23-year-old David Pregerson as he walked home on Chautauqua Boulevard north of Borgos Place on Dec. 27. Pregerson, a UCLA graduate living in Pacific Palisades, died of his injuries four days later.
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AUTOS
November 29, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Things are a bit dry at the Volvo well at the moment. The automaker, which was bought by Chinese brand Geely in 2010, won't have a completely new product until 2015 . That's when the next-generation XC90 SUV is due, which will finally replace the long-in-the-tooth model that's been around since 2003. This dearth of new sheet metal has hurt Volvo's sales in the U.S. Through October, annual sales are down nearly 7% compared to the first 10 months of 2012. Despite this decline, 2013 sales are about the same as Jaguar's.
AUTOS
February 27, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Volvo will use next week's Geneva Motor Show to debut the last in a trio of stunning concept cars that point to the brand's design direction in the very near future. The Swedish-by-heritage, Chinese-by-ownership automaker announced Thursday that it will unveil the two-door Concept Estate station wagon on March 4. It follows in the footsteps of the Concept Coupe that debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2013, and the Concept XC Coupe that Volvo displayed at January's Detroit Auto Show.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co., seeking to unload its unprofitable Volvo unit, will announce todaythat talks with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. have progressed to the point where a sale is likely, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ford, which named China's Geely its "preferred bidder" for Volvo on Oct. 28, also will lay out an estimated timeline for completing the sale, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the details aren't yet public. John Gardiner, a Ford of Europe spokesman, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
NEWS
November 5, 1998 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Glacially, inexorably, Volvo is shedding its square and angular skin. It is also at the end of decades of fustiness that implied only Berkeley professors and elderly aunts wearing eau de golden Labrador bought Volvos. And the suave 1999 S80 T-6--all low slopes and a rounded roof line, wider and weightier but riding a longer wheelbase than the S90 packing crate it replaces--might be the must-buster of them all.
BUSINESS
May 3, 1989
Volvo Increases Stake in Hertz: Volvo North America Corp. has agreed to buy an additional 6% of Park Ridge Corp., parent company of Hertz Corp., for $30 million in cash. The purchase will bring Volvo's total stake in the car rental company to 26%. Volvo will acquire its new equity in Park Ridge from Ford Motor Co. The transaction is expected to close during June. Volvo bought its initial 20% stake in Park Ridge from Ford in August, 1988.
BUSINESS
November 30, 1986
In the Nov. 16 article about General Motors' closing of its Norwood, Ohio, assembly plant, it was reported that the owner of a local coffee shop had been boycotted because she had purchased a new Volvo. This was unfortunate. If the workers, union leaders and GM managers had driven her Volvo and even visited the Volvo factory in Sweden, they might have learned something, and all of their jobs would be secure today. AARON M. EPSTEIN North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2001
Richard A. Bowen (letter, Nov. 20) called Arianna Huffington a hypocrite for buying a foreign-made car (Volvo) instead of supporting the American economy and buying domestic. Ford Motor Co. owns Volvo. A quick check of the http://www.volvocars.com Web site reveals the Ford logo in the lower right. In fact, many foreign brands are either American-owned or have manufacturing facilities in the U.S. that provide Americans with jobs. In addition, many foreign-owned companies are good corporate citizens that contribute to our economy through corporate taxes, jobs, sponsorships, scholarships, charities and other means.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2009
L.A. Auto Show THE DETAILS When: Friday, Dec. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 13 Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Hours: Weekdays: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: Adults $12, children 12 and under free; senior citizens $8 on weekdays; discount coupons available on the show's website (www.laautoshow .com) and at participating new car dealers.
AUTOS
November 29, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Things are a bit dry at the Volvo well at the moment. The automaker, which was bought by Chinese brand Geely in 2010, won't have a completely new product until 2015 . That's when the next-generation XC90 SUV is due, which will finally replace the long-in-the-tooth model that's been around since 2003. This dearth of new sheet metal has hurt Volvo's sales in the U.S. Through October, annual sales are down nearly 7% compared to the first 10 months of 2012. Despite this decline, 2013 sales are about the same as Jaguar's.
AUTOS
November 21, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Volvo announced Thursday that it will bring about 4,000 V60 sports wagon units to the U.S. market in January. Plans to bring the V60 model to the United States were originally unveiled at the New York Auto Show in March. Tony Nicolosi, chief executive and president of Volvo Cars North America, said in an interview that the decision to bring the wagon overseas was because of its "tremendous" sales in the global market. PHOTOS: L.A. Auto Show model debuts “When you look at it, it doesn't look like your traditional wagon,” he said.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in the latest stunt video from Volvo Trucks -- the "Epic Split. " Volvo's billing this as the "boldest" of its six stunt videos, but I'm not sure. Epic, yes. As of Friday morning, it was nearing 8 million views on YouTube. You may admire the 53-year-old Van Damme in a whole new way after watching him stretch himself into a split over thin air, each foot on the side mirror of a moving commercial vehicle.   PHOTOS: Van Damme on the set But as for boldest, I'm voting for "The Hook," in which Volvo Trucks' president, Claes Nilsson, stands on the front panel of a construction truck poised 66 feet above the ocean . A spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that was the beginning and the end of Nilsson's career as a stuntman.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Volvo Trucks has been targeting the viral-video market with its "live test" campaign. The latest stunt film in the series, released Thursday, features a Volvo FL truck chased by bulls in Spain. "The Chase" is an ad, yes, but it's also a rollicking bit of fun, and you can see why previous entries in this series have gained Web viewers -- including " The Hook ," which saw the president of Volvo Trucks standing on the front panel of a construction truck dangling 66 feet above the ocean.
AUTOS
September 27, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Subarus, Cadillacs and Volvos earned top marks in a first-of-its-kind crash test of models equipped with systems to help drivers avoid rear-end crashes. The tests, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rate so-called active safety systems, which warn drivers of impending impact and, in some models, automatically hit the brakes. The systems rely on radar, cameras and lasers that measure distance from other vehicles or fixed objects, and they're considered an early step toward self-driving vehicles.
AUTOS
September 18, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Three million miles is six round-trips between the Earth and the moon. Or, for the more local travelers, it's 537 schleps from Los Angeles to New York City and back. It's also the distance 74-year-old Irv Gordon has driven -- in a single car. On Tuesday, Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 passed the 3-million-mile mark during a road trip on Alaska's Highway 1.  The retired Long Island science teacher set a world record in his Volvo in 1998 (most miles driven by a single person in a non-commercial vehicle)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
The Los Angeles Police Department said it believes it has identified the type of auto involved in a hit-and-run that killed a federal court judge's son last December. Police said they are seeking a light colored Volvo 740 Series Wagon manufactured in the early 1990s. Police are circulating a photo of a Volvo similar to the one that struck 23-year-old David Pregerson as he walked home on Chautauqua Boulevard north of Borgos Place on Dec. 27. Pregerson, a UCLA graduate living in Pacific Palisades, died of his injuries four days later.
NEWS
October 1, 1998
Regarding "You in the Rolling Fortress, Give the Little Guy a Break!" [Carmentary, by Cathy Curtis, Aug. 27]: Up here in the Northwest's version of Yuppieville, every third vehicle is a sport-utility vehicle of some kind, and they drive with the same kind of reckless abandon and "up yours" attitude as in L.A. Even in my Volvo 740 wagon, I feel only semi-protected at best against these four-wheeled dreadnoughts. I'm not sure what the solution is. Maybe we fickle Americans will soon tire of SUVs and go on to the Next Big Thing.
AUTOS
September 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Volvo -- the Swedish automaker long on safety but short on new models -- has flexed its design muscles ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, which opens Tuesday. The brand, now owned by Chinese firm Geely, debuted last week the two-door Concept Coupe. Volvo says it's the "next generation" of the P1800 sports car it sold for more than a decade in the 1960s and '70s. The Concept Coupe is the first of three concepts Volvo says will demonstrate the flexibility of its new platform for its vehicles, which it has dubbed Scalable Product Architecture.
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