Woman at the Wheel - Volvo V70
Valencia Mohammed | 1/23/2009, 5:02 p.m.
Volvo embarks on a bold new road for 2008 with the introduction of the third generation V70. The debut marks world breakthroughs in safety, an advanced new six-cylinder engine, more dynamic style and luxury, improved driving dynamics and increased utility and versatility.
"In developing the all-new V70 we aimed to produce the safest car in its segment," says Ingrid Skogsmo, director of Volvo Cars Safety Center." The V70 is comprised of a sophisticated network of interacting safety systems, highly efficient energy absorption and the latest generation of side airbags and whiplash protection."
To improve safety for children in the rear seat, Volvo combined a new standard height-adjustable integrated booster cushion - a world first - with an extended inflatable curtain and power child locks. This combination provides the industry's best passenger safety system for children of different sizes. The V70's new, stronger side structure uses high-tensile steel of different grades to optimize side-impact protection.
Among the list of standard safety features is the next generation whiplash protection system, tire pressure monitoring system and enhanced impact protection for pedestrians and cyclists. It also offers a blind spot information system. A remarkably refined and responsive 6-cylinder engine powers the V70 for the first time. This 3.2-liter normally aspirated transversely mounted powerplant develops 235 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. A new six-speed automatic transmission enables the driver to shift manually when desired.
Volvo designed a more athletic stance and sporty attitude with the V70. Another smart detail is rear glass that extends further down the tailgate for increased visibility.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $32, 465. The 2008 Volvo V70 offers 16 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. If you need a solid vehicle for your family, don€t second guess on reliability - buy a Volvo!