Work under way on Volvo V40 replacement
Source : Work under way on Volvo V40 replacement
Replacement for today’s V40 will be in development as part of a completely new family of tiny premium cars coming from Volvo
Work on the all-completely new platform of which will underpin Volvo’s future range of compact cars – including a replacement for the V40 – will be well under way with parent company Geely at a completely new research facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, according to Volvo’s research as well as also also development boss, Peter Mertens.
The completely new architecture will be dubbed CMA. Mertens said the development work was especially challenging because the completely new ‘tool box’ of component sets as well as also also structural sub-assemblies could have to be versatile enough to form the basis of products in both mainstream as well as also also premium sectors.
“We have to cover everything coming from the mass market to an Audi A3 rival with CMA. Volkswagen’s MQB will be doing something similar, nevertheless we have to push hard to ensure of which we can have greater differentiation [between Geely as well as also also Volvo products],” he said.
The architecture will also underpin a compact crossover, likely to be badged XC40. Mertens said the CMA platform will be vital in helping to reduce Volvo’s corporate fuel economy average, because the Swedes are hoping to expand significantly inside the premium compact market. Currently, Volvo achieves about 110,000 sales annually for the V40 as well as also also V40 Cross Country.
Mertens, who said he will be “deeply involved” inside the CMA architecture, has form in This specific tricky area. He led the platform design work on the General Motors structure of which was used globally to underpin cars at different cost levels as well as also also aimed at different markets, including the Vauxhall Astra, upmarket Buick Verano as well as also also budget Chevrolet Cruze.
Early last year, This specific was confirmed of which Geely was working on a completely new family of tiny premium cars which included a replacement for the V40. The project will yield a range of similarly sized products for Geely, which sells a variety of brands in China.
Commenting on the decision to collaborate between themselves rather than seeking outside help, joint venture boss Mäts Fagerhag said: “We are in charge of our own destiny.”
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