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Broadcast dates : 29th May 2005 17h00

5th June 2005 12h00

Volvo S40 and V50 diesel 
The 2,4-litre petrol S40 is the reigning Car of the Year, and Volvo felt the time was right to add to the range. Volvo nomenclature is a bit confusing. The V50 is in fact the wagon version of the S40, and apart from an extended roofline, the cars are otherwise identical. ...more

Volvo design innovations
Volvo once had a cast-iron reputation in the performance car arena in South Africa. But from the 1970s there followed a few decades of solid, stolid cars with a dour emphasis on safety, and this eventually hurt Volvo’s image ...more

Volvo safety innovations 
Volvo has gone to some lengths to incorporate safety and accommodation innovations in the 3CC. With short body overhangs front and rear, safety is naturally compromised as there is less space to provide energy-absorbing crumple zones

Volvo environmental innovations 
Safety features are important, but even more vital in terms of our long-term survival is containing the environment. Caused mainly by the combustion of fossil fuels, the accelerating Greenhouse Effect is the concern of every motor manufacturer across the globe ...more

Volvo driver aids 
The Blind Spot Information System uses a camera on each wing mirror to warn the driver of a following vehicle entering a blind spot. A warning light and buzzer alerts the driver when an overtaking ...more

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