According to Automotive News Europe, 2018 At the beginning of the year Volvo will introduce a new compact SUV, which is probably called the XC40. The Swedish manufacturer Hakan Samuelsson confirmed that the compact SUV was considered a priority, but declined to comment on the name and time of execution. Certainly, it is at least clear that this SUV is produced at the Ghent factory in Belgium.
The upcoming XC40 is based on a new compact modular architecture (CMA) and will be the first to use this architecture for the model. In preparation for the Ghent plant, Volvo will invest $ 200 million in the construction of CMA-based cars. euro.
Ghent Volvo currently produces the S60, V40 and XC60 models. In the past, the S60 was also manufactured at the Torslanda plant in Sweden, but it needed the capacity to produce the Volvo flagship SUV XC90. Earlier, the manufacturer announced that he has already received more than 65 thousand. XC90 orders, so we managed to exceed the target of 50 thousand this year. pcs. emissions.
Media announces that in 2019 The next generation V40 compact hatchback and the V40 Cross Country version that will also benefit from the CMA architecture, must be debut. The Swedish manufacturer designs this architecture together with the Geely brand in China, owned by the same Geely holding company. In April, Mr. Samuelsson said that Volvo's compact car sales are too small to make a profit, so you need to find a partner with whom you can share the design and production costs of the model. Volvo's procurement and production boss Lars Wrebo also noted that architecture and motor, which account for about two thirds of the production costs of cars, even overlap with Geely by 90%. He also confirmed that CMA-based cars will also be manufactured at the Volvo plant in Chengdu, China.
H. Samuelson revealed that future compact Volvo cars will only benefit from the manufacturer's own three- and four-cylinder engines. Hybrid versions will also be available, and after about five years, Volvo cars will be available to order with an autonomous driving system.
Volvo plans to sell 500 thousand this year. car, but Samoulesson is of the opinion that this quantity does not guarantee the future of the manufacturer, this would require an increase from 60% to 800 thousand. cars & # 39; s annually.
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