Increased differentiation between the S40 and V50. New S40 front with lower, broader stance Sportier new grille creates a tougher V50 look. Slimmer tail lamps and new rear bumper. Larger and more practical storage space. New real wood inlay - Nordic Light Oak. Fresh new Spring Green upholstery.
- Closer visual links with the larger Volvo models. - Increasing numbers of younger buyers with high premium demands. - Improved storage. - Enhanced driving pleasure. - New safety features. - Audio system of world class. - One-third of total sales volume together with Volvo V50.
The Volvo S40 was launched in autumn 2003 as a somewhat larger sedan evolution of its Dutch-built predecessor. The design language and the specification level harmonised more closely with the larger Volvo S60. The aim was to give customers large-car properties in a compact format and with clearly sporty overtones.
The S40 was the result of a joint-venture between Volvo Cars and Mitsubishi; the two companies built their own series of cars on a common technical platform side by side in the Dutch NedCar plant. With the S40, Volvo offered the same comfort and safety levels in compact size as the drivers of the larger 850 had already enjoyed for some years.