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Volvo 340, 343, 345

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Volvo 343/Volvo 345/Volvo 340. 1976–91 (prod. 1,136,689). 3-, 4- and 5-door saloon. F/R, 1397 cm³ (I4 OHV), 1721, 1986 cm³ petrol, 1595 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC). DAF P900 model brought to life under Volvo, with some Renault engines (two-litre from Volvo). Optional CVT automatic. Stylish (for mid-1970s) Michelotti lines, small bustle on boot despite hatchback configuration for three- and five-door, a feature copied later by Ford Escort Mk III. Five-door (345) from 1979. Original 343 and 345 renamed 340 in 1982. Four-door sedan added 1983 (deleted 1989). Facelift in 1984, diesel added. Three-door deleted 1990. Five-door somehow managed to remain in range till 1991 despite advent of 440 and 460 “replacements”, with strong popularity in UK. Robust compact car, though critics will call it uninspiring.

Manufacturing location: Born, Netherlands

Marque: Volvo | Predecessor: DAF 66 | Successor: Volvo 440, 460

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