The Volvo 940 is a 4-door sedan or 5-door station wagon that was designed along the same lines as the earlier 700 series. As with its previous vehicle lines, Volvo chose rear-wheel drive for the 940s, providing drivers with a solid, evenly balanced vehicle. Other aspects of the model further mimicked its processor including interior appointments and dashboard styling; however, the vehicle's exterior did soften its lines from the sharp edges of the 700 series and updated the headlight design as well as.
Of strictly non-US manufacture, the Volvo 940 was assembled in Swedish factories in Kalmar and Torslanda, in Ghent, Belgium, and in Halifax, Canada for the 1991 through 1995 model years. Throughout the product line's history, fuel economy remained consistent for each of the series' models including the 940 GLE, SE, and Turbo sedans and equivalent station wagon bodies. The midsized vehicle featured a 4-cylinder, 2.3 liter engine which provided consumers with a base 19-20 mpg for combined city/highway driving. Both the 5-passenger sedan and the estate wagon with optional third-row seating came standard with a 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission and anti-lock brakes.
As a car maker, Volvo is known for consistency, reliability and superior safety features, but not splashy style. In keeping with their reputation, changes to the 940 product line were relatively small throughout its five years in production. Between 1991, when the model was first introduced, and 1995, the last model year for the 940, the most noticeable changes were to the interior appointments. Changes to dashboard and door panel styling primarily wood grain veneers and softer curves, and daytime running lights are the major differences between the model years.
The Volvo 940 was available in first in three levels of trim in both the 4-door Saloon and the 5-door Estate wagon body style. The economy priced GLE edition had a 16-valve, 2.3 liter 4-cylinder engine that proved to be only slightly more gas efficient than its more heavily powered siblings, was dropped after the model's inaugural year. The biggest seller among the three was the SE edition. Along with a turbo charged V8 engine, the top-of-the-line 940 SE came standard with niceties like power driver's and passenger seats, power antenna, 16-inch alloy wheels and leather seats.
The Volvo 940 was not the recipient of numerous awards but the ones it did receive are nothing less than stellar. Based on Volvo's safety innovations that were incorporated into the series, the vehicle was recognized by Auto Car and Motor in 1991 and won the Prince Michael Road Safety Award for the same year. Both awards were received for forward-design solutions including a built-in child safety seat in the rear seat armrest and an adjustable head restraint
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