PHOENIX – Volvo Cars of North America LLC has an unqualified hit in its XC90 cross/utility vehicle. Launched in 2002 to strong reviews and even stronger sales, the XC90 finished 2003, its first full year in the U.S., selling 29,397 units. The number was large enough to distress established European mid-luxury CUV leaders BMW X5 (39,654 units) and Mercedes M-Class (32,179 units). Volvo XC90 V-8 bolsters best-selling European SUV lineup. Volvo's rivals had cause for concern. In 2004, ...

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