Volvo is currently searching for a partner to co-develop a platform for a new electric/hybrid supermini.

Volvo is currently searching for a partner to co-develop a platform for a new electric/hybrid supermini.

Based on better-than-expected V60 Plug-In Hybrid sales, the Swedish marque wants to offer a more affordable alternative which would fit in the supermini segment. Volvo's head of product planning Lex Kerssemakers said they want a partner to share platform and parts, along with a "guarantee of an electric or hybrid powertrain."

Speaking of platforms, Volvo and its owner Geely will launch in 2015 the Scalable Platform Architecture which will be used basically for the entire lineup, including the next-gen XC90 and S60.

As a reminder, Volvo has previously announced plans of boosting V60 Plug-In Hybrid production from last year's 1,000 units to 4,000 - 6,000 cars this year. Assembly of the plug-in hybrid diesel has been integrated at the firm's Torslanda unit in Gothenburg.

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