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February 3, 1989 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
Volvo, in a classic of Scandinavian abstraction, compares its changeless cars to wooden clothespins. Others liken the pace, elegance and high technology of the Volvo to the Zippo lighter. Or the Douglas DC-3. And when automotive magazines consider the elderly, stately, perennial, tweedy and thoroughly rational Volvo, it usually is with a wink in passing.
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November 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Automobile maker Volvo Car Corp. said it was recalling 56,000 vehicles because of two problems. A spokeswoman said 38,000 diesel versions of the S60, V70, XC70 and XC90 models made in 2006 were being called back in Europe because of a material fault that could cause the motor to catch fire. The second callback, involving 18,000 of the company's latest V70 and XC70 models, relates to an air bag problem in the side of the car. Volvo has been owned by Ford Motor Co. since 1999.
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BUSINESS
March 21, 2006 | From Reuters
Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Car Corp. will begin producing cars in China this year, Volvo Chief Executive Fredrik Arp said Monday. The company will build its S40 sedan in the southwestern city of Chongqing at a plant owned by Changan Ford, a joint venture of Ford and China's Changan Automobile Group Co. Volvo is aiming to manufacture 10,000 cars a year there and working with a number of Changan Ford's local suppliers to meet the government's local content requirements, Arp said.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2006 | From Reuters
Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Car Corp. will begin producing cars in China this year, Volvo Chief Executive Fredrik Arp said Monday. The company will build its S40 sedan in the southwestern city of Chongqing at a plant owned by Changan Ford, a joint venture of Ford and China's Changan Automobile Group Co. Volvo is aiming to manufacture 10,000 cars a year there and working with a number of Changan Ford's local suppliers to meet the government's local content requirements, Arp said.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo 850 Series sedans and wagons are being investigated by U.S. regulators because of reports of gasoline leaks that might affect 198,000 of the 1993 to 1996 models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its inquiry Jan. 16 and has received 15 complaints of leaks from fuel tanks. No accidents, injuries or fires have been reported, a Ford spokesman said.
BUSINESS
January 19, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sweden's Volvo Announces Major Expansion Plans: The auto maker said it will enter a $200-million joint venture with a British sports car maker to develop an exclusive new model, in an attempt to revamp its image as a maker of stodgy cars. The venture with TWR--which has worked on projects with Jaguar and helped develop the Aston Martin DB7, the car driven by James Bond--is part of a new program of investments totaling $653 million.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2005 | John O'Dell
Federal regulators have opened an investigation into potentially faulty electronic throttle controls on more than 260,000 Volvo cars and sport utility vehicles of the 1999-2001 model years. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration follows a lawsuit in California alleging that Volvo knew the parts, called engine control modules, were defective and failed to alert vehicle owners. The investigation began July 26, according to documents posted on NHTSA's website.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. auto-safety regulators upgraded their investigation of cars made by Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo unit that may slow or stop without warning. The inquiry, which might lead to a recall, covers 356,000 sedans, station wagons and convertibles from model years 1999 through 2002 with electronic throttle controls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Automobile maker Volvo Car Corp. said it was recalling 56,000 vehicles because of two problems. A spokeswoman said 38,000 diesel versions of the S60, V70, XC70 and XC90 models made in 2006 were being called back in Europe because of a material fault that could cause the motor to catch fire. The second callback, involving 18,000 of the company's latest V70 and XC70 models, relates to an air bag problem in the side of the car. Volvo has been owned by Ford Motor Co. since 1999.
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November 2, 1999 | Reuters
Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo division said Monday that it has recalled about 122,660 of its 1998 models after customers complained that the passenger-side air bag suddenly deployed when they were washing their cars. Volvo said a few customers reported that the air bags were apparently triggered by electrostatic charges caused by the spray cleaner they were using on the dashboard of Volvo 70 series cars.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. auto-safety regulators upgraded their investigation of cars made by Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo unit that may slow or stop without warning. The inquiry, which might lead to a recall, covers 356,000 sedans, station wagons and convertibles from model years 1999 through 2002 with electronic throttle controls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2005 | John O'Dell
Federal regulators have opened an investigation into potentially faulty electronic throttle controls on more than 260,000 Volvo cars and sport utility vehicles of the 1999-2001 model years. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration follows a lawsuit in California alleging that Volvo knew the parts, called engine control modules, were defective and failed to alert vehicle owners. The investigation began July 26, according to documents posted on NHTSA's website.
AUTOS
May 4, 2005 | DAN NEIL
Volvo's timing might have been better. Stuffing a big, thirsty V8 into its franchise-making XC90 sport-ute just as gas prices are going ballistic seems somehow wrong-footed and impolitic. But, of course, the V8 engine program was begun long before the recent crunch at the pump. Rising gas prices? Who could have possibly predicted that?
BUSINESS
January 22, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo 850 Series sedans and wagons are being investigated by U.S. regulators because of reports of gasoline leaks that might affect 198,000 of the 1993 to 1996 models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its inquiry Jan. 16 and has received 15 complaints of leaks from fuel tanks. No accidents, injuries or fires have been reported, a Ford spokesman said.
NEWS
November 2, 1999 | Reuters
Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo division said Monday that it has recalled about 122,660 of its 1998 models after customers complained that the passenger-side air bag suddenly deployed when they were washing their cars. Volvo said a few customers reported that the air bags were apparently triggered by electrostatic charges caused by the spray cleaner they were using on the dashboard of Volvo 70 series cars.
BUSINESS
January 19, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sweden's Volvo Announces Major Expansion Plans: The auto maker said it will enter a $200-million joint venture with a British sports car maker to develop an exclusive new model, in an attempt to revamp its image as a maker of stodgy cars. The venture with TWR--which has worked on projects with Jaguar and helped develop the Aston Martin DB7, the car driven by James Bond--is part of a new program of investments totaling $653 million.
BUSINESS
October 11, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Volvo Recalls 32,000 Cars: The Swedish auto maker said its 850 Turbo series of 1994 model cars requires modification to keep the accelerator mechanism from freezing and jamming in cold weather and high humidity. The company said an 850 Turbo owner in Canada drove off the road when the accelerator mechanism froze. Owners in North America and Sweden have also reported several problems with the engine in cold weather, it added.
AUTOS
May 4, 2005 | DAN NEIL
Volvo's timing might have been better. Stuffing a big, thirsty V8 into its franchise-making XC90 sport-ute just as gas prices are going ballistic seems somehow wrong-footed and impolitic. But, of course, the V8 engine program was begun long before the recent crunch at the pump. Rising gas prices? Who could have possibly predicted that?
BUSINESS
October 11, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Volvo Recalls 32,000 Cars: The Swedish auto maker said its 850 Turbo series of 1994 model cars requires modification to keep the accelerator mechanism from freezing and jamming in cold weather and high humidity. The company said an 850 Turbo owner in Canada drove off the road when the accelerator mechanism froze. Owners in North America and Sweden have also reported several problems with the engine in cold weather, it added.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1992 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Volvo is taking Vice President Dan Quayle and his "family values" theme for a ride down Madison Avenue. The auto maker has unleashed TV and print ads that address the vice president--as well as other politicians who want to preserve family values in America. "Vice President Quayle," says one ad featuring the off-camera voice of actor Donald Sutherland, "what do you think of these family values?"
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