The Volvo 940/960 range was introduced in autumn 1990. The new 940 replaced the 740 which, however, remained in production as the basic 740 GL model. A 4-cylinder petrol engine or a 6-cylinder turbo-diesel powered the Volvo 940, which resembled the 960.
Volvo being already by that time a leading manufacturer of comfortable estate cars, it was natural to include a 940 estate car in the product programme. The 940 estate almost became as legendary as the predecessor 245/240 estate, not least being the last rear-wheel drive Volvo model (together with the S90/V90 series).
The 940 estate was very similar to the 960 estate, but provided comfortable and safe estate car motoring 'for the masses', being the successor to cars like the Duett, the P220 'Amazon Estate car', the 145, the 245/240 Estate and the 740 Estate.