The Volvo 850 was launched in 1991 and produced until 1997. An improved version based on the 850 model was S/V70 that was manufactured from 1997 to 2000.
When the model was presented, it was a completely new car. In almost everything it differed from its predecessors and other models in the program. Volvo 850 is considered to be Volvo's first step to becoming a car manufacturer with a sportier image but with keeping the traditional Volvo concept - large cargo space and safety.
The Volvo 850 was available as a sedan and wagon and was the first Swedish passenger car from Volvo with a transverse five-cylinder engine, an engine that had its origin in the straight aluminum six in the Volvo 960. The car was a plenty of driving pleasure and safety - it was first with the integrated side-impact protection system and automatic height-adjusting belt reel ARH.
Fun facts about Volvo 850: The work to develop the Volvo 850 was led by Peter Augustsson who later became director of Saab Automobile. It was also the last Volvo model designed by Jan Wilsgaard.
(Source Wikipedia and Bilsport)