In miserable rain there were celebrations developing in Plymouth as places were settled in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial battle on the briny around a desolate rock off the south-west corner of Ireland.
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Friday 28 May 2010
Volvo is proud of its new mid-sized S60 saloon. Reserved Nordic types tend to avoid the hype that characterises much of the motor industry but words like "emotion", "passion" and "excitement" leap out of my notes of the presentations given at the S60's recent launch, which also tell me that it is variously "the most dynamic Volvo ever" or "Volvo's sportiest car ever".
Friday 09 April 2010
The heavyweights are lining up for the Volvo Ocean Race with the American Puma team announcing it will be back for the next round the world event which starts from Alicante, Spain in November next year.
Wednesday 31 March 2010
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Monday 29 March 2010
The Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely yesterday sealed a $1.8bn (£1.2bn) deal to buy Volvo from Ford, bringing nearly two years of talks to a close.
Tuesday 09 March 2010
Volvo is showing its next-generation mid-sized S60 at the Geneva Motor Show; previously, only pictures of the new car have been released. The company describes the S60, with its flowing roof-line, as a four-door coupé rather than a saloon.
Wednesday 10 February 2010
Volvo showed the first pictures of its forthcoming second-generation S60 before Christmas – now it's telling us more about what's under the new car's attractively-styled bodywork.
Sunday 07 February 2010
Matt Francis, 20, has been driving an old Ford Escort for two years. But he now needs something bigger and safer. He has a thing about Volvo V40s, as he has seen several around for less than £3,000, with under 90,000 miles on the clock. Insurance, he says, is reasonable, considering he was paying £2,200 for his first-year , then £1,800 on his second. His quote for a 2002 V40 1.6 is £1,550.
Monday 01 February 2010
Volvo has improved the eco-oriented DRIVe versions of its big S80 saloon and V70 estate. According to official figures, these cars now emit just 119g/km of CO2, beating all but a handful small runabouts; that puts them into Vehicle Excise Duty Band C, which means they attract road tax of only £35. Combined cycle fuel consumption improves from 57.7 to 62.8mpg.
Tuesday 19 January 2010
Forget all usual Hollywood waffle about the actor's craft, what some of us really care about is the actor's dress sense. Fortunately this year's Golden Globes provided us with an entertaining crop of fashion blockbusters, classics and downright turkeys. Herewith, some of the key themes.
Thursday 24 December 2009
Ford has confirmed plans to sell Volvo to the Chinese next year in a deal expected to be worth about £1.25bn.
Saturday 19 December 2009
It took a while, but it now appears that the axe has finally fallen and Saab really is going to die. For the last twenty years, the Swedish car maker has been part of General Motors; it may seem a strange thing to say under the circumstances, but it's quite difficult to be certain whether that has been a bad thing for Saab or not.
Friday 18 December 2009
Volvo will show an electric version of its small C30 coupé at next month's Detroit Motor Show. The Swedish company unveiled its first drivable prototype electric C30 in September this year, but the latest car is a more highly developed product that is much closer to the likely final specification of a fleet of factory produced C30 test vehicles that will be used in trials from 2011.
Friday 11 December 2009
Volvo's C30 1.6D DRIVe with stop/start has been named Green Car of the Year by the website TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk. The Swedish manufacturer's most economical model achieves an impressive 74.3mpg on the official combined cycle fuel consumption tests and emits just 99g/km of CO2, making it one of only a small number of cars to break the 100g/km barrier.
Sunday 06 December 2009
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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