The late 1800s and early 1900s saw a great deal of change in regards to industrial practices and technology. That evolution created more efficient ways of manufacturing all kinds of goods, including new cars. These changes traveled across the world, creating automakers on almost every continent; Volvo is one among many. Like several of the other carmakers, Volvo has its beginnings in the years leading up to World War II. Before the war broke out, the Swedish company enjoyed a great deal of local success with its line of reliable and safe cars.
Like many of the European carmakers and industrial companies of the time, Volvo experienced some setbacks during the war years. While production continued, it was seriously reduced, and fewer new models were introduced. Following the end of World War II, Volvo made the decision to offer its cars to the U.S. market. These affordable, well-made cars were well received in America and quickly made a name with families, professionals, and anyone looking for a reliable car.
The Volvo name still gains recognition today, and it continues to be a big part of the American car and vehicle sales market. Among the many offerings from Volvo, the V90 remained a popular choice though not popular enough. The Volvo V90 wad discontinued in U.S. in late 1990sAbout the Volvo V90
It’s no big secret that one of the things the Volvo automakers are known for is their attention to safety detail. The V90 Series offered no exception; these wagons are famous for their well-equipped cabins. The V90 wagon provided a great choice for families, especially.
The V90 wagon series found inspiration in Volvo’s 960 sedans and shares a lot in common with the car. In the 1996 model year, the company chose to rename the model and offered it only in the wagon body style. The sedan was renamed the S90 for the 1997 model year.Volvo V90 Features
The 1998 model year marked the last year for the Volvo V90. Many industry experts suspect the change came about due to the overwhelming popularity of small to midsize sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The V90 vehicles featured side impact airbags in addition to the traditional driver’s side options.
Under the hood, the V90 came equipped with a 2.9-liter, inline six-cylinder motor paired with a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive capabilities. The motor offered 181 hp. While not the fastest option available, the V90’s powertrain was sufficient for its needs.
Naturally, since Volvo markets it as a family car, the 1998 V90 came equipped with some in-cabin options to make the ride as pleasant as possible. The V90 offered some nice standard features including power locks and doors, air-conditioning, and a sunroof. Volvo also provided the V90 with leather, power seats.Volvo V90 Evolution
The V90 Series aimed to safely transport families in a reliable wagon. Before 1998, wagon models in this family carried the names Volvo 940 and 960. The 1993 model wagons included a built-in child safety seat. This model also offered a 19.8-gallon gas tank, four gallons larger than the tanks on previous models. This reduced the number of fuel stops drivers must make.
Volvo wagons gained the name V90 for the 1998 model year. These models offer revised center consoles and a softer suspension.