The business structure of the Volvo automobile brand has been transformed heading into 2000. Now owned by Ford Motor Company, Volvo Cars is expected to receive a revised direction as the Swedish marque exists within one of the world's largest automobile corporations. Besides the big news of the ownership change, Volvo dealerships are energized in 2000 by a new entry-level sedan and wagon. The 2000 Volvo S40 sedan and V40 wagon feature a sleek exterior design and a host of standard safety features such as anti-lock braking system. Volvo's WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System) is now incorporated into the seating inside the S70 sedan and V70 wagon. Introduced as an all-new flagship for Volvo last year, the S80 adds a host of optional features for 2000 such as navigation system and rear sunshades. No remarkable changes were made to the C70 that continues into 2000 as a coupe or convertible.
The 2000 Volvo V40 is a totally-new compact wagon that seats five passengers and is offered in two trims, both of which are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 28 mpg on the highway.