Volvo Car Corp. showed off its new flagship, the 1999 S80 sedan, at simultaneous rollouts in Greenwich, Conn., and Gothenburg, Sweden, last week.
Due to go on sale this fall as the replacement for the rear-drive S90, the front-wheel-drive S80 is priced from $36,395 for the base 2.9-liter model to $40,960 for the range-topping twin-turbo T6, including $575 destination. Volvo executives said they expect to sell 25,000 a year in North America.
Aside from the switch to front-wheel drive, the S80 also is noteworthy for being the first vehicle produced under the company's new two-platform strategy - 'large' and 'small.'
Volvo executives last week declined to comment on prospects for coupe and wagon versions of the S80, but have said that each of the new platforms will spawn a 'full range' of model variants.