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All-new S40 thrusts Volvo into the fiercely fought premium medium sedan arena
12 May 2004
'BLOODY Volvo Driver' has at least made us pay a bit more attention to the staid Swede, a car company that has been able to spend more money each year for the past five years advertising its product, and watch its sales go down. Something needed to be done and the Australia-only Bloody Volvo Driver campaign was the answer. But that only goes so far. In the car game product is king - and the new S40 is definitely a big step in the right direction. Neat, clean and dynamically impressive, it’s a Volvo that should become known for far more than its impressive safety attributes.
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Volvo S40Released: February 1997
Ended: June 2004
Family Tree: S40
THE original S40, which replaced Volvo's boxy 440 sedan, went on sale in Australia in February 1997 with a 103kW/183Nm 2.0-litre engine. Later that year the range-topping S40 T4 sedan was made available with a 147kW/300Nm turbo engine, while 118kW/230Nm turbocharged 2.0T and 2.0T SE versions arrived here in February 1998 and July 1999 respectively. A 2.0 SE variant - and a new 90kW//170Nm 1.8 entry version - joined the S40 range here in July 1999. The new S40 lobs here in 2004 exclusively with 125kW/230Nm and turbocharged 162kW/320Nm five-cylinder engines.
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