Jul 2009
20

Family face – Volvo

My grandfather was famous for his inability to identify shapes – he was banned from holding a gun during the war because he couldn’t tell the difference between our planes and the German ones. He was delighted by my (incredibly geeky) ability to identify the manufacturer of oncoming cars by the shapes of their grill.

It’s interesting (no, really) to compare the front of certain marques over time…

First up, is 40 years of Volvo…

Volvo 140 series (1966–1974)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user Schockwellenreiter ]

Volvo 66 (1975 – 1980)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user Schockwellenreiter ]

Volvo 200 series (1974 to 1993)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user dhwright ]

Volvo 300 series (1976–1991)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user dvnijhof ]

Volvo 700 series (1982–1998)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user mirius ]

Volvo 850 (1992–1997)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user masolino ]

Volvo S70 (1997-2000)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user merfam ]

Volvo S40 (2004–present)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user Birdfreak.com ]

Volvo C30 (2006–present)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user themullett ]

Volvo S60 Concept (expected 2009)

[ creative commons picture from flickr user Daniel Reversat ]

No-one would tell you that the S60 looks anything like the 140, but hopefully you can see the progression that has gone on here.

What happens in the future is anyone’s guess.

Personally, I would guess that…

  • those lights will continue to sweep backwards up the wings
  • the wings themselves are getting smaller and turning into continuations of the hip line that runs down the window sills
  • the grill will get slightly deeper and drop down more, in the same general look that Audi is using.

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