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VOLVO 343/345

3-door/5-door 5-seater hatchback.

Effectively the fourth-generation Daf, but well and truly Volvo-ised before launch. Like 55, built in Holland, but fitted with 70bhp Renault engine and offering 94mph top speed Renamed 340 series in 1982, and continues to this day, with hatchback style (saloon version came in eighties), having de Dion rear end for stable handling. Five-door introduced before 1980, but important change was a manual (240-series) gearbox option for 1979 model year and beyond.

Technical Specifications

1397 (S4 OHV) 
Front engine, rear-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1976 to 1991  
Number produced:
over 1,000,000 by end 1988