Shop Talk: About Engine Coolant

Almost every car engine built in the last twenty years is “water-cooled”, which means they regulate their engine’s temperatures by circulating cool water through the engine, and then the radiator, where that water is cooled back down. That water is always inside the engine, rain or shine- and, in extreme weather, that can be a…

Randy Visits the Saab Museum (Photo Gallery)

“Randy” may be a familiar name to VolvoJo readers, but this isn’t Randy Stern from Victory and Reseda. Instead, this is Randy Kasal, a fellow Swedish car enthusiast who recently visited Gothenburg, Sweden and- more importantly- the Saab Museum. I originally found Randy’s photography on the Volvo Enthousiast Facebook page, where a few of the…

Volvo Sales Up 8.2% in First Half of 2017

Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, remains firmly on course for another record year in retail sales after posting an 8.2 per cent increase for the first six months of the year. Total sales in the first half of 2017 amounted to 277,641 cars, compared to 256,563 cars a year earlier. Global retail sales in June…

Volvo to Go Radical With New 40 Line (w/ Video)

According to Volvo’s Head of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, the upcoming 40 line of Volvos can’t just be smaller versions of the successful, second-generation XC90 and redesigned XC60. They need to be different, and Ingenlath is embracing the opportunity to go radical with the new designs. 2019 Volvo XC40 and S40 Concept Cars “What we will…

New Volvo Wave Piston Boosts MPG, Cuts Emissions

Volvo Cars officially turned its attention away from diesels to focus on electrification recently, but Volvo trucks will still be dependent on diesel for the forseeable future. As such, the company is forging ahead with new design innovations intended to reduce particle emissions and improve fuel economy. The latest of these innovations is called the…

2017 Forest Park Firefighters’ 5K Charity Run

One of my favorite things about the Autobarn Volvo Oak Park is their commitment to the idea that the dealership is a part of the community it’s in. I love that concept, and- as an active member of the Oak Park community, myself- it’s great to see the Autobarn support a worthy, local cause like…

Polestar is Becoming its Own, Electric Sports Car Brand

Polestar has been making a name for itself on race tracks around the world by providing some of the closest and most exciting race finishes in recent history. Now, Volvo-owned Polestar is going to be competing with the real big boys in the automotive business- by becoming a manufacturer in its own right. That’s right-…

Classic Iron: 58 MPG Volvo LCP Coupe Concept

Did you know that Volvo built a radically styled, ultra-lightweight, super-safe, sporty coupe that got more than 58 miles per gallon? Did you know they built it way back in 1983? That’s right- Volvo was exploring advanced, fuel-saving technology more than thirty years ago. One LCP 2000 concept was even powered (in one instance) by…

Classic Iron: Volvo 242 GTC Turbo (w/ Video)

I’d never heard of the Volvo 242 GTC Turbo until earlier today, when the car popped up on the Volvo subreddit under the headline, “Unknown Volvo Prototype”. Nevertheless, here it is- in all its 1970’s, graphic decal glory. Visually, the car looks like the Volvo 262 Coupé we covered here a few weeks ago– but…

Old Meets New at Tiny Cars, Italy

Volvo enthusiast Enrico Sardini recently captured an all-new Volvo V90 Cross Country parked alongside one of its spiritual forebears. The picture was snapped at Tiny Cars- an absolutely epic model vehicle shop in Milan, Italy. You can check out the Tiny Cars Facebook page by clicking here. Once you’re done, you can head on over…

Jumping Ship: Trading a Tesla for a Hybrid Volvo

Tesla has set the standard for futuristic, luxury performance cars with its all-electric Model S when it launched a few years ago. Making the move from a Model S to a seven-passenger Model X when your family outgrows the sedan, however, isn’t the no-brainer that Tesla would like it to be. At least, it wasn’t…

Volvo Polestar S60 Dominates at Nürburgring (w/ Video)

Any race at the storied Nürburgring is going to be special- but this weekend’s WTCC double-header turned out to be the best race result ever for Polestar Cyan Racing. How good was this weekend for Volvo’s go-fast division? Try a double victory, a championship lead in bo the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, and a fresh…