Volvo 440 Successor Grows Curves (Wheels, Australia, ?)

February 19, 2018 | Magazine Articles

A news article on the Volvo V40.
This is Volvo's replacement for the ageing 440 hatch. And yes, it is disguised ... under the boxy add-ons is a rakish five door hatch, code­named V40 and developed joint­ly with Mitsubishi.

Styled by Volvo's Peter Hor­bury, V40 - expected to be sold as the Volvo 540 - shares plat­form and glasshouse with Mitsubishi's forthcoming Euro­pean Lancer replacement.

Eighty per cent of manufacturing operations are shared, and production streamlining will cut the V40's build time at the Dutch NedCar plant to 17 hours - 11 hours less than the current 440.

European engine options are 1.8 litre petrol, 2.0 litre petrol or 2.1 litre turbodiesel - ironically, supplied by Renault. Volvo insists the failed Swedish-French merger has not affected supply.

V40 is expected to go on sale in Europe early 1996, with Australian versions due later that year or early 1997.

Volvo V40 disguised

Related Posts

Magazine Articles

Life at 40 (Wheels magazine, November 2001)

September 18, 2018

Try, try... try again. Volvo puts its middle-aged V40/S40 under the knife again

Magazine Articles

T4 Proves Small Volvos Can Be Fun

May 28, 2018

Magazine article from What Car? (UK) magazine, November 1997.

Magazine Articles

Bang for Your Bucks (Motor, Australia, June 1998)

February 19, 2018

An excerpt from Motor's annual "Bang for your bucks" feature about the Volvo S40 T4.


There are no comments yet. Be the first to leave a comment!

Leave a Comment
Advertising Magazine Articles Press Releases Technical Technical Topics


Get the latest posts delivered to your inbox.