Volvo goes com­pact

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Motoring -

Volvo has re­vealed two new com­pact car con­cepts that show the com­pany’s near-fu­ture re­turn to form. Built on a new Com­pact Mod­u­lar Ar­chi­tec­ture (CMA) specif­i­cally de­signed for smaller cars, Volvo claims the 40.1 and 40.2 con­cepts are fore­run­ners to “bold and dar­ing new direc­tions”.

It is un­der­stood that the new se­ries will use vari­a­tions on the ‘40’ name­plate.

The 40.1 is a com­pact SUV, with hid­den rear door han­dles hint­ing at a sport­ing am­bi­tion. Its sis­ter car, the 40.2, is a four­door sa­loon that ap­pears to ride higher than nor­mal equiv­a­lents, sug­gest­ing that Volvo may be bi­as­ing to­wards crossover and SUV-in­spired ve­hi­cles.

Among the forth­com­ing com­pact ranges will be a pure bat­tery-pow­ered car as well as plug-in hy­brid op­tions. The com­pany wants to have sold a mil­lion elec­tric and part-elec­tric cars by 2025.

Plus Volvo is claim­ing that the cars will have “the world’s most ad­vanced stan­dard pack­age of safety fea­tures” – a bold claim given the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The new 40-se­ries cars have the po­ten­tial to im­prove our mar­ket pen­e­tra­tion in an im­por­tant grow­ing seg­ment,” said Hakan Sa­muels­son, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Volvo Cars. “An elec­tric pow­er­train pro­gram, in­clud­ing both a new com­pact Twin En­gine plug-in hy­brid as well as a pure elec­tric car, are cen­tral to the CMA ar­chi­tec­ture.”

He added the first new 40 se­ries car is ex­pected to go into pro­duc­tion in 2017.

Pic­tures: PA Photo/Volvo

Above, the Volvo Con­cept 40.1; right, the 40.2

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