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December 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Volvo Cars of North America is recalling 65,000 vehicles because the seat heaters could short circuit and catch fire. The recall involves 1996 models of the Volvo 854 and 855 equipped with seat heaters. Excessive compression of the seat cushion by heavy people could damage the electrical wiring of the heater and cause a short, according to a report posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site.
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March 28, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Once the icon of stodgy sensibility, the Volvo station wagon went out of production after the 2011 model year. Now its back, as a “sports wagon” variant of the existing S60 sedan, the automaker announced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. “The V60 builds on our wagon heritage,” Volvo Cars of North America Chief Executive John Maloney said in a statement. “And this time, we've added sophistication with the dynamic driving performance of a sedan.” PHOTOS:   Highlights of the 2013 New York Auto Show A high-performance version, the V60 R-Design, made its world debut Thursday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
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NEWS
April 19, 1988 | United Press International
Volvo Cars of North America is sending recall notices to 90,000 owners of 1983 and early 1984 Volvos for emission repair, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. It said all 1983 DL and GL models with 2.3-liter, four-cylinder fuel-injected engines and certain early 1984 DL and GL models with the same engines are being repaired by the auto maker at no charge.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2010 | By David Pierson
Ford Motor Co. agreed to sell its Volvo Cars unit to a Chinese automaker group Sunday, marking the most significant push by a car company in China to tap overseas markets. China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group will pay the U.S. auto giant $1.8 billion for the Swedish car brand, which will give the company cachet in the domestic market and a foothold in Europe. China surpassed the United States last year as the top auto market, but its domestic car manufacturers faced an uphill battle acquiring brand awareness and technology overseas.
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
November 7, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Volvo advertising suddenly appears stuck in reverse. Just one day after Volvo pulled an advertisement for what company officials conceded were misleading statements over how well Volvo cars can stand up to giant trucks rolling over them, a spokesman for the Swedish car maker said Tuesday that yet another of its newest TV spots is raising the ire of abortion rights activists. That commercial features a video of a fetus--inside a woman's body--that appears to be waving at the camera.
BUSINESS
November 13, 1995
We have two Volvos in our family and both are serviced at Jerry Fair's Dr. Volvo Independent Service because the work is excellent and the price is right. Now I see that Volvo Cars of North America is trying to muscle Fair out of business ("Protecting Good Name," Nov. 8), presumably because their dealers are losing customers to Fair. This perversion of the free-enterprise system denies freedom of choice to the consumer and is to be vigorously opposed as a matter of principle, whatever car you drive.
BUSINESS
January 29, 1988 | BILL SING, Times Staff Writer
To help car buyers reduce monthly payments, lenders a few years ago introduced four-year auto loans. Then five-year loans. Then six. But a 10-year car loan? Volvo Cars of North America announced Thursday that customers will be able to finance new Volvos with loans through New York's Chase Manhattan Bank for as long as 10 years--by far the longest maturity ever offered by a major U.S. lender.
BUSINESS
November 14, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Much like the cars rigged for a TV commercial, Volvo's ad agency has now been crushed too. Scali, McCabe, Sloves, the New York agency that has created Volvo ads for 23 years, on Tuesday resigned the $40-million annual Volvo Cars of North America advertising business. Volvo was by far its largest client. The move comes just one week after questions were raised about the production of a car-crushing ad that was not properly labeled as a re-enactment of a sporting event.
AUTOS
March 28, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Once the icon of stodgy sensibility, the Volvo station wagon went out of production after the 2011 model year. Now its back, as a “sports wagon” variant of the existing S60 sedan, the automaker announced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. “The V60 builds on our wagon heritage,” Volvo Cars of North America Chief Executive John Maloney said in a statement. “And this time, we've added sophistication with the dynamic driving performance of a sedan.” PHOTOS:   Highlights of the 2013 New York Auto Show A high-performance version, the V60 R-Design, made its world debut Thursday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
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.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Volvo Cars of North America is recalling 65,000 vehicles because the seat heaters could short circuit and catch fire. The recall involves 1996 models of the Volvo 854 and 855 equipped with seat heaters. Excessive compression of the seat cushion by heavy people could damage the electrical wiring of the heater and cause a short, according to a report posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site.
NEWS
April 18, 1999 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't look now, but the next time you are stopped by a black and white California Highway Patrol car with flashing red and blue lights, it may be a Volvo. A Volvo? Right. The same boxy, upscale sedan from Sweden that yuppies and suburban soccer moms discovered years ago is trying to displace traditional beefy American brands as the patrol's next pursuit vehicle. For two years, the CHP has been quietly testing Volvos on its high-speed tracks at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento.
BUSINESS
January 28, 1999 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ford Motor Co. will announce this morning that it is buying the automobile operations of Sweden's Volvo for about $6 billion, insiders at Ford said late Wednesday. Analysts and Ford insiders say the U.S. company, the world's second-largest car maker, sees Volvo as a perfect fit between its Lincoln luxury-car unit and its Jaguar performance-car subsidiary. Volvo's reputation for building safe and environmentally friendly cars also attracted Ford, whose chairman, William Clay Ford Jr.
BUSINESS
November 13, 1995
We have two Volvos in our family and both are serviced at Jerry Fair's Dr. Volvo Independent Service because the work is excellent and the price is right. Now I see that Volvo Cars of North America is trying to muscle Fair out of business ("Protecting Good Name," Nov. 8), presumably because their dealers are losing customers to Fair. This perversion of the free-enterprise system denies freedom of choice to the consumer and is to be vigorously opposed as a matter of principle, whatever car you drive.
BUSINESS
November 14, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Much like the cars rigged for a TV commercial, Volvo's ad agency has now been crushed too. Scali, McCabe, Sloves, the New York agency that has created Volvo ads for 23 years, on Tuesday resigned the $40-million annual Volvo Cars of North America advertising business. Volvo was by far its largest client. The move comes just one week after questions were raised about the production of a car-crushing ad that was not properly labeled as a re-enactment of a sporting event.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2010 | By David Pierson
Ford Motor Co. agreed to sell its Volvo Cars unit to a Chinese automaker group Sunday, marking the most significant push by a car company in China to tap overseas markets. China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group will pay the U.S. auto giant $1.8 billion for the Swedish car brand, which will give the company cachet in the domestic market and a foothold in Europe. China surpassed the United States last year as the top auto market, but its domestic car manufacturers faced an uphill battle acquiring brand awareness and technology overseas.
NEWS
April 18, 1999 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don't look now, but the next time you are stopped by a black and white California Highway Patrol car with flashing red and blue lights, it may be a Volvo. A Volvo? Right. The same boxy, upscale sedan from Sweden that yuppies and suburban soccer moms discovered years ago is trying to displace traditional beefy American brands as the patrol's next pursuit vehicle. For two years, the CHP has been quietly testing Volvos on its high-speed tracks at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento.
BUSINESS
November 7, 1990 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Volvo advertising suddenly appears stuck in reverse. Just one day after Volvo pulled an advertisement for what company officials conceded were misleading statements over how well Volvo cars can stand up to giant trucks rolling over them, a spokesman for the Swedish car maker said Tuesday that yet another of its newest TV spots is raising the ire of abortion rights activists. That commercial features a video of a fetus--inside a woman's body--that appears to be waving at the camera.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1988 | From Reuters
The Swedish auto maker Volvo said Wednesday that it acquired a 20% interest in Hertz Corp., the world's largest car rental company, in hopes of increasing the exposure of Volvo cars worldwide. Volvo's North American unit said it paid $100 million in cash for the one-fifth share of Hertz, which it purchased from Park Ridge Corp., a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co. A Volvo spokesman said the move would raise worldwide exposure for its autos by increasing the number rented through Hertz outlets.
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