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 gas 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 wagons, it was natural to include a 940 wagon in the product program. The 940 wagon almost became as legendary as the predecessor 245/240 wagon, not least being the last rear-wheel drive Volvo model (together with the S90/V90 series).
The 940 wagon was very similar to the 960 wagon, but provided comfortable and safe wagon motoring 'for the masses', being the successor to cars like the Duett, the P220 'Amazon Wagon', the 145, the 245/240 Wagon and the 740 Wagon.