Volvo completes 85 years: V40 five door hatch priced in UK starting £19,745

Volvo has been in existence for past 85 years. Swedish auto manufacturing company was founded by Gustaf Larson and Assar Gabrielsson. In their first year itself, the company produced 300 cars and now after 85 years they are selling close to 500,000 cars in over 120 countries which shows that a single step of your journey lasts a lifetime.

In a way to mark this special anniversary, the company is organizing a parade of historical vehicles and new models on the 14th April 2012. This tour will be held at Goteborg and Volvo Museum. Entry will be free and visitors can visit between 11 am and 4 pm.

Volvo V40, a new five door hatchback by the Swedish based auto manufacturers is set to be launched into UK markets. The vehicle will be available for a starting price of £19,745 and should be seen in company showrooms from September 2012 onwards. V40 from Volvo will possess a 1.5 liter diesel engine offering 115 hp. It will be high on fuel efficiency which is slated to be 78.5 miles per gallon while auto emissions too are lower at 94 g/km.

Base model will have Bluetooth, an audio system with 5 inch color screen, electronic climate control with power windows, traction control and dynamic stability. It will possess 16 inch alloy wheels and luxurious floor mats. The vehicle was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show held in March 2012.

In the past, Volvo has had three cars in this size on offering – S40 saloon, V50 estate and C30 three door coupe. Despite having these cars, Volvo did not see much sales as it did not possess a five door hatchback. It is here that the new V40 comes into the picture. The car will be well equipped and even the entry level ES model will have self braking City Safe technology and pedestrian airbag.

The New VOLVO V40 – 2012