The Volvo 960 was based on the 700 series. It was running un an old but proven platform and was powered by a state of the art 2.9L I6 engine that produced and impressive 204 hp, which is eerily similar to the power figures of the Crown Victoria.
The simplicity and sturdiness of the 900 series cars made it very popular among commercial customers, just like the Crown Victoria.
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To make a long story short, the Volvo 960 was running on an old but proven chassis, powered by a state of the art i6 engine and was popular as fleet vehicles and are now popular among car enthusiasts.