May 3, 2005 |
Defective throttles in 1999-2001 Volvos have been failing at unusually high rates, causing cars to stall, raising air emissions and sticking owners with costly repairs. State and federal air quality officials are pressing Volvo for a commitment to spend millions of dollars to replace the devices as they fail, and to reimburse owners who have paid for the work themselves.
December 11, 2004 |
Sweden's Volvo has long been considered a bland, boxy export. Its cars were known for their safety features and unexciting designs, and the brand had a loyal, but limited, following. That changed after Ford Motor Co. bought Volvo in 1999 for $6.5 billion. Volvo adopted new designs that replaced straight edges with svelte lines and started talking about performance in addition to safety. Volvo is expected to sell 140,000 vehicles in the U.S.
December 4, 2002 |
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.
November 2, 2001 |
Ford Motor Co. said Dan Werbin took over as chief executive of Volvo Cars of North America, putting the former head of Volvo's Japanese business in charge of the luxury unit's largest market. Werbin was named CEO of the Volvo North American unit in May, though he hadn't assumed the duties.
May 1, 2001 |
Just 10 days after the chief of General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac division suddenly resigned to head Ford Motor Co.'s advertising efforts, GM raided Ford's Volvo division to find a new leader for Cadillac. GM named Mark LaNeve, chief executive at Volvo cars in North America, general manager of Cadillac, effective today. LaNeve, 42, returns to GM after three years at Volvo.
May 28, 2000 |
The test run by the California Highway Patrol to convert its fleet of black and white Ford pursuit cars to upscale Volvos has crashed. CHP Commissioner D.O. "Spike" Helmick said the chief problem is that Volvo next year will stop making its S70 police sedan, the model the patrol has been road-testing since last summer. Volvo wants the CHP to buy station wagons instead. "We're not in the market for a station wagon. We're in the market for a sedan," Helmick said.