LOS ANGELES – From its distinctive boxy design to its straightforward marketing approach, Volvo always has been more about substance than flash. Volvo’s new S40 takes styling cues from S80 and S60. So why would this traditionally Swedish auto maker use trendy L.A. as the backdrop for the introduction of its new ’04½ S40? Because the car is unlike Volvos of the past. There’s still a focus on safety, and it carries traditional Volvo styling cues, but this car marks a significant ...

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