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The Retro Volvo Everyone Forgot Could Be the Best One to Buy Now

Volvo’s 1800ES, a weirdly stylish wagon, is a reliable vintage ride without all the hype. 

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After years of declining sales, Volvo is on a massive upswing. 

This week it will open a new plant in South Carolina, completing a global trifecta of having manufacturing bases in China, Europe, and North America; by the end of 2018 the company will have introduced nine new models since 2012, replacing its entire product lineup from those dismal times when it was owned by Ford Motor Co. Profits reached a record $1.76 billion last year.