Volvo S90

During the final year of the Volvo 960, the model was renamed as the Volvo S90. Underneath the car, the front suspension was completely redesigned to match that of the 850. Further, the 1995 to 1998 960s are able to use the same wheels as the 1994 and newer front-wheel drive Volvo models. Also, the rear suspension was a completely recreated multi-link design. As opposed of conventional coil springs, Volvo used a single transverse fiberglass leaf spring. The 1995 960 station wagon was the first time ever that Volvo equipped one of its rear-wheel drive station wagons with an independent rear suspension. Production of the 960 did come to an end in 1998. Some of the 1997 model year vehicles were also branded S90 or V90 as well. The 1992 Volvo 960s were assembled in Kalmar, Sweden. Where as, the 1995 to 1998 960s were assembled in Goteborg, Sweden. In the fall of 1990 the Volvo 960 was launched just in time for the 1991 model year. This model was the stand-in for the 760. The most significant change between the two models was that, in most markets, the 960 was offered with an all-new aluminum 24-valve DOHC inline six-cylinder engine. Some markets however, such as Australia, saw the 1991 960s built with the same V6 engine. By 1992, the U.S. was introduced to a 960 with the DOHC six-cylinder engine. As the years pasted, the 960 received further changes in 1992, 1993 and again in 1994. Most noticeable were the new more shapely seats, and the redesigned seat belts that included hydraulics for 1992. In 1993, a new more ergonomic shifter was added, and in 1994 dual front airbags were added in some markets. This pattern of change continued and in 1995, the 960 underwent a massive redesign. The most obvious was the aerodynamic front end.