FRANKFURT – It’s been seen on concept cars before, but the radical center console on Volvo Cars’ all-new S40 is a genuine automotive first, at least among production models. This is much to the envy and sneaking admiration of rivals, who’ve been developing the same idea for years. What Volvo’s done is use modern wiring techniques to remove the bulky bits that normally occupy the area behind the center-console “stack.” By moving the guts of the sound system elsewhere, Volvo ...

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