Acura or Volvo: 85% of People Can't Correctly Identify the Make of These Vehicles! Can You?

By: Craig
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Two luxury car manufacturers from very different parts of the world. But as a car lover, will you be able to identify which model belongs to which manufacturer?

It is up to you! Take your time, don't get flustered and let that extensive car knowledge that lives in your grey matter come to the fore!

But a word of warning! If you are overconfident, you will fare poorly! This is not as easy as you might think it is, even though we have a European manufacturer up against a Japanese one. 

Both Volvo and Acura are not only known for their range of models but more importantly for their luxury cars which offer power, performance, comfort and most importantly perhaps, safety. With the backing of Nissan, Acura is one of the top luxury car companies in the world while Volvo, the inventors of the three-point seatbelt, are known to produce powerful, safe, reliable vehicles.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to see if you can sort the Volvos from the Acuras - Sweden and Japan's finest! Get into the fast lane, push that accelerator to the floor and aim for the win.

Glory and the checkered flag await you!

Good Luck!

A luxury crossover, the ZDX certainly looks the part. It was first introduced in 2009 and produced until 2010. It didn't sell particularly well in the United States, however.

This mid-sized luxury car featured as an Acura marque from 1995 to 2014. A four-door sedan, the TL saw four generations over this period.

The XC Classic is sold in China, and is actually a first generation XC90. Only one engine option is available, a 2.5-liter turbo petrol engine.

When Acura was first launched in 1986, this was one of only two models offered. The first generation Legend was powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine. It produced around 150 brake horsepower. One further generation followed before production ended in 1996.

Aimed at the American SUV market, the SLX was introduced in 1996. Essentially, this was an Isuzu Trooper with a few trim changes and a new badge. The first generation was powered by a 3.2-litre DOHC V6 engine which upgraded to a 3.5-litre DOHC V6 engine from the second generation onwards.

First introduced in 2012, the V40 is a sleek hatchback in the compact car/family car segment. There are 13 models on offer of this vehicle, either with petrol or diesel engines.

Available as both an estate model and sedan, the 850 was one of Volvo's offerings from 1991 to 1996. It offered both front -wheel drive and all-wheel drive models and included two petrol engines as well as a diesel option. A high performance model, the 850 T-5R, produced with the help of Porsche was released in 1995.

The TLX is a mid-sized luxury car and is well priced to compete against its rivals, such as the Audi A6 and the Mercedes Benz E-Class. The TLX comes as both a front-wheel and all-wheel drive, although is let down by run-of-the-mill base engine option as well as having less cargo space than its rivals.

Marketed in the compact segment, this executive car was first produced by Volvo in 2000. The S60 will see a third generation designated as a 2019 model released in 2018.

A compact executive model, the TSX featured as an Acura model from 2003 to 2014. It is sold all over the world with the second generation available as a sedan and station wagon. The top of the range model has a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 280 brake horsepower.

Produced for a period of 20 years, the V70 from Volvo was an executive five-door estate car. Three generations were produced with the third including a plug-in hybrid option. The V70 was a Volvo model from 1996 to 2016.

Featuring over two generations, the C70 sports compact came in two body types - a coup and a convertible (1st generation) and a hardtop convertible (2nd generation). It was based on the Volvo P1 platform.

The Vigor was marketed in the United States from 1991 to 1994. It was based on a stretched version of the Honda Accord chassis, although at first, early models were based on the first generation Honda Vigor, a car close to a decade old.

The RSX replaced the popular Integra from 2002 onwards. This compact luxury car featured a 3-door hatchback coupe design and sold close to 130,000 units until its production run ended in 2006.

Built between 1986 and 2001, the Integra Coupe was based on the Honda Civic sedan. When Acura was first launched in 1986, this was one of only two models offered.

The flagship of the Acura brand, the RLX was first introduced in 2013 and is now in its second generation. It features an all-wheel steering system, all-wheel drive and is definitely aimed to compete with luxury German models. It offers both a hybrid and gasoline engine.

This three-door hatchback had six petrol and four diesel engine variants from 2006 to 2013. The C30 was Volvo's premium sports coupe over that period.

Built for luxury and with some performance added, the RL was marketed by Acura from 2005 to 2012. The second and last generation was powered by a 3.7-liter V6 motor pushing out over 300 brake horsepower. It also featured an​ all-wheel-drive option.

The flagship of the Volvo fleet from 1998 to 2016, the S80 was a luxury, front-engined, front-wheel-drive sedan. A number of special models of this vehicle were also built, including limos and ambulances, as well as bullet-proof versions.

Now in its third generation, the RDX was introduced in 2006. The latest marque is a thoroughly modern design incorporating jewel-shaped headlights and sleek lines. The RDX offers two engines options, both V6, one of which is all-wheel-drive.

Also known as the Honda NSX, this 2-door sports car became very popular in the United States. Former F1 champion, Ayrton Senna even had input into its design.

The 940, with its distinctive square shape, was marketed by Volvo between 1990 and 1998. Like the 850, it too was available as a sedan or estate.

This gasoline or hybrid powered SUV made its debut in 2001. Since then, five generations have been produced with talk of more. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine which produces 290 brake horsepower.

Designed by Italian design house Bertone, the 780 was a two-door coupe produced by Volvo from 1986 to 1990. It was also manufactured in Italy. The top of the range 780 was powered by a 2.8-liter V6 engine.

The 480, produced by Volvo from 1986 to 1995, had a distinctive pop-up headlight in later models. This compact car, a 3-door hatchback, was also the first Volvo model to have front-wheel drive.

The two-door coupe version of the Legend was introduced to the United States market in 1987, a year after the sedan. Its power came from a 2.7-liter V6 engine that delivered 160 brake horsepower. The second generation beefed up somewhat with an engine producing 230 brake horsepower coupled to a six-speed manual box.​

Available as both a sedan and estate car, the 740 was essentially the lower-priced, less trim version of the top of the range 760. As with many Volvo sedan models, it included an estate option. Although fairly bland looking, the 740 was loved for its reliability.

Part of the Volvo 200 series, the 262C was a special edition designed with the help of Italian styling house, Bertone. It was available for a three-year period between 1978 and 1981. It was only available as a coupe which featured some unique styling when compared to its counterparts in the series.

Built between 1986 and 2001, the Integra Coupe was based on the Honda model of the same name. In fact, when Acura was first launched in 1986, this was one of only two models offered. The third generation was considered one of the easiest cars to steal in the United States!

As a way to compete with American cars that were popular in Sweden, Volvo needed a bigger car than the OV4, one with a six-cylinder engine. This came in the form of the PV650 which was marketed between 1929 to 1933.

This compact crossover SUV is a new model released by Volvo in 2017. This front-engine all-wheel-drive vehicle is powered by either a 2.0-liter petrol or diesel engine. It was designed by Ian Kettle and Thomas Ingenlath.

Built in Canada for the Canadian market, the EL, a subcompact executive car, was manufactured between 1997 and 2005.

This luxury compact crossover SUV was first released by Volvo in 2008. Now in its second generation, the XC60 forms part of the 60 series, a range of vehicles that includes station wagons, sedans and hatchbacks. It is based on the Volvo P3 platform.

Marketed from 1997 to 2004, the CL saw two generations. This mid-sized two-door coupe was the first Acura model to be built in the United States.

Introduced in 2016, the S90 won Production Car Design of the Year award for 2015, even before it was released to the public. This luxury 4-door model is available as both a sedan and estate.

Part of the Volvo 300 series, the 340 came in the form of a sedan and well as a hatchback. The vehicles were designed by Dutch auto manufacturer DAF, in which Volvo had bought a stake. The 340 had a range of petrol and diesel powerplants. It was marketed by Volvo from the late 1970s until 1991.

Built between 1956 and 1970, the Amazon was one of Volvo's mid-sized car offerings marketed globally. More than 600,000 were produced in those 14 years with more than half exported.

The 2018 Acura is one of the cheapest vehicles in its class. It offers excellent fuel economy but performance wise, it's not that impressive. The entry-level model also has the bare minimum in terms of accessories. Expect 35 mpg on the open road and around 25 mpg in the city.

The 66 was a direct descendant of the DAF 66 and built between 1975 and 1980. Available as a 2-door sedan or 3-door estate, the 66 included the Viromatic, a continuously variable transmission. The cars were​ never popular in Sweden but sold well in Europe.

The popular 200 series from Volvo saw the Swedish company sell close to 3 million cars from 1974 to 1993. The 240 was available as both a sedan and an estate, while a sports saloon, the 240 Turbo, also formed part of the stable. It was based on a Group A touring car that raced across Europe.

This premium compact car was produced for two generations from 1995 to 2012. The second generation was well received with global sales at around 270,000 units from 2006 to 2011. The S40 included four petrol and four diesel models with both manual and automatic transmissions.

Currently only available in China, the CDX is a compact luxury crossover SUV and the first vehicle for the brand to include a turbocharger. Future markets for the vehicle might include the United States.

A stylish roadster from the 1950s, the P1900 actually had a fiberglass body. Only 68 of these stunning machines were built between 1956 and 1957. The P1900 had a 3-speed manual gearbox and was powered by a 1,400cc straight four engine.

​The Duett was released in 1953 and was produced right up until 1969. It came in two main body styles, a station wagon and a panel van. Some were also released as convertibles. It was powered by a 1.8-liter straight four engine.

This Acura race car saw action from 2007 onwards, mostly in endurance races. It was designed by Nick Wirth.

Although the P1800 came out as a sports car in a two-door coupe style, a 3-door sports estate was also released. More than 39,000 of the coupe were built. This vehicle quickly became popular, thanks to appearing in the TV series, "The Saint."

A range of cars produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the 140 series cars were available as two-door and four-door sedans as well as five-door station wagons. They were either powered by a 1.8 or 2.0-liter engine.

A 4-door sedan, the 164 just oozes Swedish styling and sophistication. With either a 3-speed automatic or a 4-speed manual gearbox, the 164 was powered by a 3.0-liter straight six engine. More than 46,000 were built.

This early Volvo model was manufactured between 1946 and 1950 although development had started in 1939 but was stifled by World War II. It featured a 3-speed manual gearbox coupled to a 3.7-liter straight six engine.

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