Volvo timeline -
1982 700 series launched (the 764 was first)
1984 740 series launched
1985 745/765 series launched
1990 700 ends and 940/945/960/965 launched (simply put, a redesigned 700: redesigned by a Brit - Peter Horbury)
1994 960 launched, largely redesigned architecture taking the 960 more upmarket
1997 S90/V90 launched, last of RWD Volvos.
I've kept the timeline focused on the RWD cars. The 700 series was the last of many Volvo's (Amazon, 140/160 series, and the 200 series) designed by Volvo's ace designer Jan Wilsgaard - hence my original comment.
Yes, yes, yes, I get all that - but simply put, the 900 series was an evolution of the 700 series - it was hardly an entire redesign, same for the S/V90 series, they were just a facelift of the 900 series. The 90 series was the last true RWD Volvo. And it was only step changes, really back to the 700 series.
The 800 series, true enough, was a real departure from the 700s and 900s.
But making out that there was some significant change betwixt 700s and 900s is disengenuous. Yes, there were "improvements" more use of technology. But accepting that, also very close in heritage.
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