Volvo V40
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Make: Volvo
Model: V40
Volvo V40

The Volvo S40, V40 and V50 are all entry-level luxury cars produced by Volvo. Over the years, there have been two generations with the first being launched in 1995 and the second one being launched in 2004. The model has been named as one of the best luxury cars for young affluent drivers. The 1995 S40 sedan and the V40 wagon were both built in the Netherlands at the NedCar factory, which was a pre-Ford joint venture between Volvo and Mitsubishi Motors. It was built upon a common platform with the Mitsubishi Carisma but the Japanese model did not sell as well in Europe. However, despite the shared platform, the S40 and the Carisma are not the same car. They did share around 1,000 parts with each other. Of those, 650 were produced by Volvo and 350 were produced by Mitsubishi. Additionally, Volvo's traditional focus on safety and ergonomics were easily identifiable in these models as well. The model has been well recognized within the automotive community for its high quality. The S40 (V40) was nominated for the World Car of the Year award for 2005 and won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Sport Compact award for 2005. It has also been elected the South African Car of the Year for 2005 by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. In 2000, the 40 Series went through a facelift, entering Phase II, and a number of technical enhancements were concurrently introduced. These included things such as improved engine management, direct diesel fuel injection, extra safety features, increased brake disc size, new front suspension and steering, revised rear suspension, larger tires and a moderate widening of the track width. Later, the V40 was replaced by the V50 estate, which was also based on the P1 platform and built in Ghent.

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