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Volvo 960 Saloon/Sedan. 1990-1997

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Volvo 960 Saloon

Autumn 1990 saw the launch of the Volvo 960, in time for the 1991 model year. The new 960 replaced the outgoing Volvo 760.

The Volvo 960 was powered by an all-new in-line 6-cylinder engine, an advanced power unit featuring an aluminium cylinder block and double overhead camshafts allied to 4 valves per cylinder. This engine represented the first stage in an entirely new generation of in-line engines which eventually developed into a new series of 5-cylinder and 4-cylinder Volvo units.

The Volvo 960 also unveiled a number of new safety features, among them a three-point inertia-reel seat belt and adjustable head restraint in the middle of the rear seat. Further enhancing the new car's safety profile, an integrated child seat built into the rear seat's middle armrest could be specified as an option.

These and other safety developments gained the model considerable international accolade, not least among them the "Prince Michael Road Safety Award" and the "Autocar & Motor" prize for the best safety features.

The 1995 model year saw the 960 undergo a comprehensive redesign. The front was facelifted, the chassis under the skin was almost totally new, and a new 2.5 litre 6-cylinder engine supplemented the previous 3-litre version.

In 1997, the Volvo S90 replaced the 960 Sedan.

Technical facts:
Prod. years: 1990 - 1997
Prod. volume: 112710
Body style: 4-door sedan
Engine: 6-cylinder in-line DOHC unit, 2,473 cc or 2,922 cc
Transmission: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic
Brakes: Hydraulic, all-round disc brakes
Dimensions: Overall length 487 cm/191.7" Wheelbase 277 cm/109"

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