Volvo XC40 voted Europe’s Coty

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The new Volvo XC40, which goes on sale in South Africa in April, has been named the 2018 Euro­pean Car of the Year. It is the first win of this pres­ti­gious award for Volvo Cars, the pre­mium car maker. Pre-or­ders for the XC40 in in Europe and the U.S. al­ready ex­ceed 20 000 units. The XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new com­pact mod­u­lar ve­hi­cle ar­chi­tec­ture (CMA), which will un­der­pin all up­com­ing cars in the 40 Series, in­clud­ing fully elec­tri­fied ve­hi­cles. Co-de­vel­oped to­gether with Geely, CMA pro­vides the com­pany with the nec­es­sary economies of scale for this seg­ment. Safety and driver as­sis­tance fea­tures on the XC40 in­clude Volvo Cars’ Pi­lot As­sist sys­tem, City Safety, Run-off Road pro­tec­tion and mit­i­ga­tion, Cross Traf­fic alert with brake sup­port and the 360° Cam­era that helps driv­ers ma­noeu­vre their car into tight park­ing spa­ces.

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