Now the V90 looks set to make inroads into the van-dominated sector after a series of trials with ambulance services across the country. Wiltshire has ordered 10 V90 ambulances and Oxfordshire Ambulance Service four, while ambulance crews in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Sussex are also testing the vehicles. Wheatley said: 'We now have an ambulance that provides the crew with saloon car comfort and the patient with all the medical back-up they get in a traditional van-type vehicle, but a much easier journey because of the enhanced ride and handling characteristics.
'Thanks to the Volvo's 3.0-litre engine, average response times have been cut by as much as six minutes compared to the Renault Master, which is the mainstay of our 80-vehicle fleet. It's all down to the Fleet NewsNet article and a bit of persuading Volvo on my part.' Volvo has just unveiled a new V70 estate car which will cost from £25,855 on-the-road when it goes on sale in March.