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The all-new Volvo S40 will be the first Volvo built on a Ford platform -- Volvo's version of the next-generation Focus platform, known internally as P1.
The outgoing S40 and its sibling station wagon, the V40, share a platform with the Mitsubishi Carisma and are built alongside the Japanese car at the NedCar plant in Born, the Netherlands.
Premium versions of the old S40 and V40 will continue to be built at Born until about June 2004 while Volvo ramps up production of the new car.
The S40 will go on sale in Sweden before the end of the year and in most other European markets early next year.
The sales target is 70,000 for 2004 including 20,000 in the USA, the largest market for the car.
The new S40 will be built at Volvo's Ghent, Belgium, plant, which has been renovated and refurbished at a cost of e340 million.
The station wagon, to be renamed the V50, will follow next year, probably at Geneva.
The S40's design evolves from that of its big brother, the S60. The S40's interior has a new free-floating center console, a first for Volvo.
The S40 will be introduced in premium versions with two five-cylinder gasoline engines including a 220hp, 2.4-liter turbo and a 170hp non-turbo version. There also will be a 136hp, four-cylinder turbodiesel. Further engine offerings will come later.
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.
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