2009 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design Review

When has a Volvo ever sparked such a firestorm of attention? In one quick stop at a gas station, I was drawn into two separate conversations about the C30 T5 R-Design. The first gent led off with the usual, “how do you like C30?” The second fellow launched by informing me of his wife’s desire to own a C30. Thanks to the tremendous appeal of Volvo’s youth-oriented hatch, my quick hit of fuel became a rather protracted social event.

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2009 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design Review

When has a Volvo ever sparked such a firestorm of attention? In one quick stop at a gas station, I was drawn into two separate conversations about the C30 T5 R-Design. The first gent led off with the usual, “how do you like C30?” The second fellow launched by informing me of his wife’s desire to own a C30. Thanks to the tremendous appeal of Volvo’s youth-oriented hatch, my quick hit of fuel became a rather protracted social event.

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2009 Volvo XC70 T6 Review

Volvo’s stylish all-wheel-drive (AWD) XC70 wagon has been going to the gym. The addition of a turbocharger to its transversely mounted inline-six elevates this outdoorsy Swede to a whole new level of performance. Those believing that the XC70 is a sedate Swede will have that perception quickly altered once behind the wheel of a T6 version of Volvo’s highly practical SUV wannabe.

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