LOS ANGELES – Safety is paramount at Volvo Cars North America, and the ’04 S40 is no exception. Because the S40 shares its platform with the Mazda3 and Ford Focus C-Max, it was widely speculated that the car would have no safety advantage over its siblings. But that’s not the case. The new S40 utilizes a unique frontal structure and vehicle architecture that places it firmly ahead of its stable mates in crash safety. Volvo S40 Volvo calls the structure VIVA (Volvo’s ...

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