Sport Honours nearly even for the two Volvo 70s in their Rolex Fastnet Race head to head as Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker (GBR left), first home, greets Sam Davies (GBR right) ahead on handicap in the Swedish Team SCA. Pictured centre, left to right, are Sarah Lihann (USA), Annemieke Bes (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR)

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.

Volvo S60 D3

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".

Teams preparing for Volvo Ocean Race

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.

Hamish McRae: Dealing with China will never be easy

I also detect a sense of moral superiority in the Chinese attitude towards us now

The Volvo revolution

Geely's Volvo takeover may parachute China into the auto big league, reports Sarah Arnott

Chinese car maker Geely seals $1.8bn deal for Volvo

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.

Volvo shows S60 in the metal for the first time

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.

Volvo fills in the detail on the S60

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.

Car Choice: Impressive...a student who can afford a Volvo

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.

Volvo improves its big fuel-savers

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.

Hit & Run: Golden Gowns

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.

Ford likely to confirm Volvo China sale in the new year

Ford has confirmed plans to sell Volvo to the Chinese next year in a deal expected to be worth about £1.25bn.

Were Saab and GM doomed to fail?

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.

Volvo to show electric C30 at Detroit

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.

Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe wins Green Car of the Year award

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.

Car Choice: Mobile pensioner couple seek a vroom with a view

Nicholas Tompkins says that he and his wife, Jacqui, are both fit pensioners who enjoy driving – but only as a means of transport. With an old Volvo 850 GLT and a T-reg Corsa to replace, they have £5,000 to spend on a four-door car. Ideally it must have a high driving position and good visibility. However, they don't need the high fuel consumption or the off-road ability of a 4x4.
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