A Look at Volvo Future Products
New engines, architecture on the way; by Diana T. Kurylko, Automotive News
Volvo wants to derive economies of scale from a new front-wheel-drive architecture called SPA, for Scalable Platform Architecture.
The redesigned XC90 crossover due in 2014 will be the first to use the architecture.
SPA was designed for a new family of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that Volvo will begin using on existing models next fall. Eventually, the new four-cylinders will replace all of Volvo's current five- and six-cylinder engines.
The Swedish brand also wants to build cars in North America, possibly with a partner such as Fiat, and to share development costs on smaller cars. Volvo is owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.
C30: A redesigned or re-engineered version of the hatchback is likely in the next few years.
C70: A redesign of the hardtop convertible is due in several years.
S60: The S60 sedan will be freshened in 2013 and redesigned three or four years later.
XC60: The crossover will be redesigned in 2016 and share components with the new-generation S60 sedan.
S80: The large sedan will be replaced in 2015 and switch to Volvo's new platform architecture. It likely will take styling cues from the Volvo You concept.
XC90: The redesigned crossover debuts in 2014. It will be the first to use SPA. Design changes are expected, but the rounded shoulders that have been on most Volvo models since the 1990s will remain. Company executives have said the XC90 will have "more luxurious proportions."
Large flagship sedan: Volvo has shown concepts, including the Volvo You four-door fastback at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. It is unclear whether a car based on that concept will be produced. Volvo executives say they don't want a vehicle to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-class or BMW 7 series.
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Hey frosty, by the way....still own your Toyota Echo?
If you feel the need to defend this car, then your sense of taste is as poor as your judgement, sorry.
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