based on the focus II in some aspects in the chassis issed2
the previous one was co-developed w/the lancer in holland
hope and pray that BMW doesn't merge/get purchased by an american car giant. Damn ford, i still blame them for volvo's switch to FWD.....
see what they did to jaguar...now jag only makes one or 2 good cars (the huge sadan and the sportscar) the s and x type are both bleh....now they corrupt volvo w/their FOCUS chassis :cry someone make them stop :cry please ? :dunno
overall it is an improvment over teh last S40....mainly because of the new auto-manual tranny...but i still think they dont offer a standard tranny yet issed2
the current one handles well, especially well for a car that was co-developed with the US spec lancer..i guess volvo did their own suspension work, and the car feels much faster than 170hp...but no auto-manual shifter option on the current model. As long as the focus II "elements" don't make the car feel like a focus, it should be a good car that steals Jetta V customers (the interior is much better than a jetta imo)