The ★ ★ ★ ★ 2016 Volvo XC90AWD T6 is an accomplishment and a massive surprise. The huge brand-new SUV makes Volvo a substantial player in the luxury market and suggests the rest of the world’s car manufacturers ought to take Chinese automakers really seriously. The XC90 is the first vehicle Volvo developed considering that Chinese car manufacturer Geely bought the Swedish brand from Ford during the Great Economic crisis. It presents a brand-new architecture and a brand-new household of engines that will be the foundation of the all the brand’s future cars. Volvo’s engineers were out of practice establishing brand-new vehicles, so it’s widely presumed that Lotus and Porsche engineering consultants helped establish the architecture and engine. That’s irrelevant to the people who will certainly purchase the XC90, however. What matters is that the new Scalable Item Architecture establishes the XC90 as one of the best, most innovative and satisfying luxury SUVs you can buy. The XC90 is about the same length as an Acura MDX or BMW X5. It takes on seven-seat luxury family-haulers like them and the Audi Q7, Buick Territory, Infiniti QX60 and Mercedes GL450. XC90 rates start at $48,900. All XC90s have all-wheel-drive, and eight-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 2.0 L four-cylinder engine that produces an amazing 316 horsepower. A 394-hp plug-in hybrid with rates beginning at $68,100 goes on sale later on this year. Do not be amazed if a lower priced, and less effective, model signs up with the lineup eventually, perhaps with front-wheel-drive. I checked a lavishly equipped Volvo XC90 AWD T6 Inscription that bristled with security, driver help and luxury features. It stickered at $65,710. All prices leave out location charges. Few, if any, rivals can match the XC90’s functions, and none equal its value. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces more horse power than all the contending six-cylinder engines, save the twin-turbo Mercedes GL 450. Its 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,200 r.p.m. beats all however the GL and X5. The turbo sp …
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HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP)– It was a sweet ending for an orange and white feline that crawled into the engine compartment of a pickup truck. The cat made it through the 28-mile commute Thursday from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown, New Jersey. With the aid of the town’s public works department and Mars workers, the feline was devoid of the fan blades … See all stories on this subject
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