Sitting at the bottom of the pile is usually uncomfortable, always embarrassing, and never productive. For Volvo, the combined sales of the S40 sedan and V50 wagon haven’t done enough in a long time to conquer any of its competitors (except for the now semi-nonexistent Saab 9-3). Ignore their weak sales and go for a test drive: you’ll see that the Volvo S40 and Volvo V50 are really nice cars. Equipped with the naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder and front-wheel drive, the S40 is playful and light on its feet. Toss in the benefits of decent fuel economy and the utility of a wagon (as in the V50) and don’t you have a winner?
U.S. Sales Of Entry Luxury Cars – May 2010