On Thu, 25 Aug 2005 08:49:44 -0400,
> It's about time to retire my Passat, and I am considering a V40 ( well
> a V70 too, but my questions are on the V40)
Volvo no longer makes a V40. They used to, together with Mitsubishi
at the old DAF factory in the Netherlands. The Mitsubishi built on
this platform was the Carisma, but they didn't use the same engine
> What platform is the V40 built on? Is it pure Volvo, or joint venture
> with Ford and/or Mazda, and if so, which Ford/Mazda models share it?
The V50 (and new S40) share a common platform with the European Focus
and Mazda 3. The V50 and S40 are made in Belgium.
> Whose engine? What are the overall opinions of this car in driving and
Volvo engine. The engine design dates back to 1991, and is generally
considered reliable. It's a 5-cyl, designed in Porsche's Weissbach
center. The same basic design has been used in the 850, S70, V70, S60,
V50, S40 and now S80. The old V40/S40 had a 4-cyl variant of the same
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