Volvo V50

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For the sedan variant of the car, see Volvo S40.

Volvo V50
Volvo V50 1.6 D.jpg
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
Production 2004–2012
Model years 2004–2012
Assembly Belgium: Ghent (VCG)[1]
Malaysia: Shah Alam (SMA)
South Africa: Pretoria[2]
Body and chassis
Class Compact / Small family car (C)
Body style 5-door station wagon
Layout Front engine,
front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive
Platform Volvo P1 platform
Related Volvo S40
Engine Petrol: Global:
1.6L I4 (100 hp)
1.8L I4 (125 hp)
2.0L I4 (145 hp)
2.4 L I5 (140 hp)
Global and North America:
2.4 L I5 (168 hp)
2.4 L T5 turbocharged I5 (230 hp)
Diesel: (not available in North America)
1.6L I4 (109 hp)
2.0L I4 (136 hp)
2.4L D5 turbocharged I5 (180 hp)
1.8L I4 (125 hp)
Transmission 5-speed Volvo M56 manual,
6-speed Volvo M66 manual,
5-speed Aisin AW55-50 automatic,
6-speed Aisin TF-80SC automatic[3]
Wheelbase 2,640 mm (103.9 in)
Length 2005–2007: 4,514 mm (177.7 in)
2008–2012: 4,522 mm (178.0 in)
Width 2005–2010: 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
2011–2012: 2,022 mm (79.6 in)
Height 2005–2007: 1,452 mm (57.2 in)
2008–2012: 1,457 mm (57.4 in)
2008–2012 AWD: 1,460 mm (57.5 in)
Curb weight 1,445–1,520 kg (3,186–3,351 lb) (FWD)
1,560–1,590 kg (3,440–3,510 lb) (AWD) [4][5]
Predecessor Volvo V40 (1995–2004)
Successor Volvo V40 (2013-)
2004–2007 Volvo V50 2.4i (US)

Volvo Cars introduced the Volvo V50 at the 2003 Bologna Motor Show as the station wagon version of the Volvo S40 small family car—manufacturing both models at their facility in Ghent, Belgium.

Sharing the Ford C1 platform with the European Ford Focus and the Mazda 3, the V50 featured interior "theatre" lighting, a floating center stack and "Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture". The V50 T5 AWD featured four-wheel drive and a straight-5 2.5-litre petrol engine with a light-pressure turbocharger, four valves per cylinder and a DOHC design with variable camshaft timing—providing 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) and 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) of torque. Diesel options were available in Europe, including a 2.4 Litre turbocharged D5 diesel engine which provided 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) and 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) of torque.

Within the United States, Volvo limited sales of the V50 PZEV cars to states where it was required, including California, Florida, Vermont, Connecticut, Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Washington.[6]

Volvo Cars Special Vehicle produced a concept car based on the V50, the V50 SV, whose engine produces 340 hp (254 kW), and debuted at the 2004 Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada.[citation needed]


2008-2010 Volvo V50
2011 Volvo V50 R-Design (Europe)

For the 2008 model year, the V50 received revised front styling, minor modifications to the interior, optional active xenon headlights, audio systems, increased power and torque of the T5 engine, availability of the D5 with a 6-speed manual and a 1.8 Flexifuel engine.

For 2009, the V50 T5 was available in the US only as an automatic AWD model with the "R-Design" trim package, and within Europe with both manual and automatic options.

As of the 2010 model year, the D5 inline-5 diesel engine was no longer available; only the 1.6l and 2.0l diesel inline-4 units could be specified.

In 2010, the new, larger, circular Volvo logo appeared on the front grille, in the US, a manual transmission was briefly available with the T5 AWD version. In North America the naturally aspirated 5-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and manual transmission were all dropped for the 2011 model year, leaving only the automatic, front-wheel drive T5 in base and R-Design trims. The 2011 model year was the last for the V50 in the United States and Canada.

V50 sales[edit]

Calendar year United States Canada Sweden Global
2004 47,743[7]
2005 83,202[8]
2006 75,885[9]
2007 62,348[10]
2008 62,085[11]
2009 54,062[12]
2010 56,098
2011 45,970[13]

Total produced: 519,007 2003-2012 (as of 31 December 2012)[14]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Volvo. Volvo In South Africa". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
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  4. ^ "2008 Volvo V50". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "2006 Volvo V50". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Blanco, Sebastian (2007-09-04). "Can this be true, does the Clean Air Act stop most of us from buying clean cars? — Autoblog Green". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  7. ^ "2004 a record year for Volvo Cars – strong increase on all markets - Volvo Car Group Global Media Newsroom". 2005-01-20. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Volvo Cars Maintained its Position in 2005 Despite Considerable Market Fluctuations - Volvo Car Group Global Media Newsroom". 2006-03-02. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  9. ^ "2006 Sales Results - Volvo Car Group Global Media Newsroom". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  10. ^ "About Volvo Car Corporation 2007-2008 - Volvo Car Group Global Media Newsroom". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  11. ^ "Volvo Car Corporation 2008 - facts and figures - Volvo Car Group Global Media Newsroom". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  12. ^ "Volvo Car Corporation 2009 in brief: A tough year with continued focus on environment and safety - Volvo Car Group Global Media Newsroom". Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  13. ^ "Welcome to Volvo Cars Newsroom". Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  14. ^ "VOLVO V50 (2003-2012) - Volvo Car Group Global Media Newsroom". Retrieved 2015-09-21.