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Volvo to Discontinue the S40 and V50 in 2012

June 23, 2011

It's a swan song for Swedish carmaker Volvo and its S40 sedan and V50 wagon.

At least for the 2012 model year in the U.S.

Both models have struggled here in the US, as American buyers turned their noses up, even after Volvo switched out trim names and options to make them more attractive.

To no avail, as the S40 and V50 saw dips in sales of 29.5% for the S40 and 59.1% for the V50.

Volvo will still offer the C30 and C70, though neither is much of a seller in the U.S.

If you like Volvo, now is a good opportunity to get a great deal on these soon-to-be discontinued cars.

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