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Author Alex Salciccia

Everything you wanted to know about the Volvo 850?

The Volvo 850 was a compact executive car produced by the Swedish manufacturer Volvo Cars from 1991 to 1997. Designed by Jan Wilsgaard, the car was introduced in a saloon body style; an estate style was introduced in 1993. The Volvo 850 was shown for the first time in public in June 1991, and early customers were given the opportunity to choose between two colours (black or black), four interior fabrics and three interior trim levels. The car was originally available with six-cylinder petrol engines only, but from 1992 a turbocharged petrol engine and from 1993 a five-cylinder diesel engine were also offered. A wagon version of the V70 was subsequently developed from the V70 platform, and volumes were kept low. In 1997, the Volvo S70 sedan replaced the Volvo 850 sedan (and thereby became the new entry level model), while the V70 wagon replaced the Volvo 850 wagon. Accordingly, 1997 was the last model year for the Volvo 850.

Three cool things about the Volvo 850?

-The Volvo 850 was one of the first cars to be equipped with front-wheel drive and a five-cylinder engine. -It was also one of the first cars to have side airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. -The Volvo 850 is a very safe car; it was one of the first cars to be equipped with ABS brakes and SIPS (Side Impact Protection System).

An interesting historical fact about the Volvo 850?

The Volvo 850 was introduced in 1991, just a few months after the end of production of the Volvo 700 series. The 700 series was replaced by the 900 series, which used many of the same components as the 700 series. In many markets, including Sweden, the 850 took over directly from its predecessor.

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