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  Volvo S40 T5

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Country of origin:Sweden
Introduced in:2004
Introduced at:2003 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith obvious design cues from Volvo's larger S60 and S80 saloon models, the Volvo S40 takes a confident step forward with a modern interior design similar to the recent VCC concept car, class-leading ride, handling and safety features, together with a wide range of four and five-cylinder engines. Expanding the brand appeal and increasing desirability is an important part of Volvo Cars' strategy, so it is important that this model attracts younger buyers.

From the outside, the new Volvo S40 is unmistakably a Volvo with its strong, stylish design features. The interior is quite a revolution, with an ultra-slim centre console that appears to be free-floating - the first of its kind in the automotive world - creating extra storage space behind it, and an aura of Scandinavian style, exclusivity and space.

Class-leading ride and handling combine with a choice of five-cylinder petrol engines, with a 220 bhp T5 model topping the range, as well as a four-cylinder, 136 bhp Turbodiesel. Other, smaller four-cylinder petrol engines will join the range during 2004.

The new Volvo S40 will be built at the Volvo Cars factory in Ghent, Belgium, which has been redesigned at a cost of 340 million Euros. Production starts in late 2003, with the first models expected in UK showrooms in late February, 2004. Meanwhile, the current S40 continues in production at Born in the Netherlands until mid-2004 to provide a full range of small Volvo saloons until the full new Volvo S40 range is available.

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