Volvo plays it safe with new S80
31 January 2006

Volvo has released the first details and official images of its second-generation S80 saloon, due to be launched at the Geneva motor show in March.

The latest model, the largest of the Swedish brand’s saloons, will feature new engines, including a 315bhp V8 and a 3.2-litre six-cylinder, as well as four-wheel drive. Two other engines will be carried over from the current model – the 200bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo and the D5 185bhp turbodiesel.

Its tech line-up will include a ‘keyless drive’ fob and a heartbeat sensor to detect if anyone is in the vehicle. Volvo is trumpeting new safety features too, including a Collision Warning system that will alert the driver if the vehicle in front is too close, via a ‘heads-up’ display on the windscreen.

Volvo boss Frederik Arp is optimistic about the new model’s prospects. ‘We are convinced the new S80 will be a strong contender,’ he said. ‘We expect to sell 50,000 new S80s a year around the world, of which 70 per cent will be new Volvo customers.’

Prices and full specifications will be announced in the spring.

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