Volvo has always done things a little differently than BMW and Mercedes. Rather than hold back updates and release them all in “mid-cycle refreshes,” Volvo prefers to let the changes dribble out slowly year after year. As a result of this process a car can change significantly over time but it happens so incrementally that to the casual observer it’s still the same car that launched four years ago.
Such is the case with the 2015 Volvo S60. The S60 launched just four short years ago (US launch was three years ago in 2011), this S60 has new bumpers, hood, grille, seats, dashboard, infotainment system, gauge cluster, headlamps, new and revised safety systems, all-new engines, and a new 8-speed transmission. The question is, are these changes enough to keep the S60 fresh and competitive while we wait for the complete model-line makeover everyone is expecting in the next few years? Have a look at this video review…
Automatic overdrive systems are a form of transmission system offering significant performance enhancements and can also increase the efficiency of your car. When people hear the term ‘overdrive’ they may think it’s all about speed, but that’s not the focus of the feature. Overdrive can help a car to go faster, but it’s really focused on allowing the engine to run at a lower RPM while maintaining the vehicle’s current cruising speed.
When the U.S. economy saw large declines in housing prices and a large increase in unemployment rates and gas prices, unsurprisingly the number of cars sales took a drastic hit, as well. The downturn was the worst seen in the auto industry since the times of the Great Depression. Car sales didn’t recover for over six years. Not a single month during that time rose above the amount sold in December 2007. As of March of this year, however, that streak has finally been broken.