After years of making tank-like cars, Volvo made a radical departure in the early 1990s. Enter the model 850.
It came with a 5-cylinder engine, transversely mounted and driving the front wheels ! The body underwent some slimming, but the end result was exotic sexiness in boxiness. The Volvo look was still unmistakeable (what a relief), albeit no longer stolid nor stodgy.
I like the clean, straight lines, the regal front, and elegant rear. And the windows were large and there were glass panels in the C-pillars.
I was saving as much as I could in the hope of buying one, but until the day its manufacturing stopped, I still did not have enough money. Poor me !
Sadly, Volvo cars today no longer have any product differentiation. Worse, Volvo Cars had been sold to Geely of China.