Car News:  Oversteer

I Bet You Never Knew About the Volvo 440

RELATED READING
See all Volvo any articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2016

Although many automakers sell certain cars in the U.S. market and other cars in Europe or Asia, Volvo has generally maintained a practice of selling all its cars in every country. Except, of course, for the 440.

If you've never heard of the Volvo 440 (a 5-door hatchback) or the 460 (its 4-door sedan variant), you aren't alone -- and you're probably a little surprised to see the picture shown above. But this image isn't Photoshopped, and this car isn't some weird Volvo rebadge. This was an actual Volvo, made by Volvo and sold in Europe throughout the late 1980s and most of the 1990s.

Here's the situation. When the 440 came out, Volvo's lineup in the U.S. primarily consisted of larger vehicles (and also the 240, which soldiered on until 1993). But Volvo wanted a smaller car for the European market to replace the also-Europe-only 340 and 360. The result was the 440, which looks sort of like a 7/8-scale copy of the Volvo 940 sedan.

Not surprisingly, the 440 and the 460 weren't exactly much fun. The engine range was limited solely to 4-cylinder powerplants, and output ranged from 78 horsepower to all of 122 hp in a turbocharged model. But in true Volvo fashion, these models did offer anti-lock brakes and traction control, which was unusual for the time.

Another unusual feature: Although the 440 and the 460 launched with conventional automatic and manual transmission choices, later models offered an early version of the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). I can only imagine how an early CVT has stood up to 20 years of depreciation and use.

Eventually, the Volvo 440 and 460 were phased out and replaced by the S40 and V40, both of which were sold in America. But those of us who get excited by especially rare cars will always have a place in our hearts for these little Volvos, even if we've never seen them in person.

MORE FROM OVERSTEER:
The Lincoln LS Was a Rear-Wheel-Drive Sport Sedan Offered With a Stick Shift
I'm Taking My Aston Martin on a 6,000-Mile Cross-Country Road Trip
Autotrader Find: One-Owner Volvo 240 With 56,000 Miles

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
I Bet You Never Knew About the Volvo 440 - Autotrader