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The Volvo V50 is the station wagon version of the Volvo S40 small family car, produced by Volvo Cars, introduced in 2003 Bologna Motor Show and manufactured at the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium.
It is based on the Ford C1 platform, as is the Mazda "3". Volvo Cars Special Vehicle also produced a concept car based on the V50, the V50 SV, whose engine produces 340hp (179kW), and debuted at the 2004 Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Highlights of the V50's interior design include soft "theatre" lighting of various sections, and a translucent "iced aqua" center stack. In safety, the V50 features "Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture".
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The top-of-the line V50 is the T5 AWD. This model features four-wheel drive and a straight-5 2.5-litre petrol engine with a light-pressure turbocharger. Its valvetrain has four valves per cylinder and is a DOHC design with variable camshaft timing. The engine provides 220bhp (164kW) and 320N·m (236lb·ft) of torque. In Europe the 2.4 Liter turbocharged D5 diesel engine which provides 180bhp (134kW) and 350N·m (258lb·ft) of torque is also available. The output of that motor was downgraded from the original diesel motor in the XC90 which produces 185bhp (138kW) and 400N·m (295lb·ft) of torque.
In 2008 Volvo Car Corp confirmed that the next generation V50 will grow in size to be aligned on the side of the next generation S60. There is speculation that Volvo will not reintroduce the S40 and that the V50 will become the estate variant for the S60, just as the V70 is the estate variant of the S80.
For the model year 2008, the V50 along with the S40 has been facelifted with minor modifications:
For model year 2009, the V50 T5 is available in the U.S. only as an automatic AWD model with the "R-Design" trim package.
Due to less income on a PZEV for the manufacturer, Volvo has forbidden sales of the V50 PZEV cars outside California, Florida, Vermont, Connecticut, Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Washington.
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