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2006-02-09 07:42

New S80 will have competitive pricing when it arrives here

John Oxley

We've already told you about the Volvo XC90 V8 4x4 - which by the way, gets a new 6-speed automatic gearbox, not the 5-speed we mentioned on Wednesday, plus the possibility of DVD players built-in to the back of the seats.

This will come in at around R560 000 to R580 000.

You'll also by now have heard about the Volvo C70 coupe/convertible, one of the best-looking tin-top cabs around.

And now we have news that the brand-new Volvo S80 V8 is also due to enter the SA market in the third quarter of the year.

Target pricing for the C70 coupe convertible is between R440 000 to R450 000 for the manual, with an extra R10 000 for the auto.

And Volvo SA will be trying hard to bring the S80 V8 to market at a price which undercuts its main competitors, the BMW 550i and the Audi S6 4.2.

This would suggest pricing for the S80 V8 in the region of R550 to R570 000, although there are issues to be resolved especially with regard to new technology features found in the new Volvo.

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