Volvo is starting development work on a future range of C-segment models for the European market

Volvo is starting development work on a future range of C-segment models for the European market.

The Swedish company’s owner – Geely Group, has opened a new technology center, called the China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT), in Gothenburg. The project will be leaded by Mats Fagerhag, who was the main engineer behind the Phoenix platform, intended to underpin a series of models for Saab.

CEVT will develop a family of C-segment models for the Swedish manufacturer, including a VW Golf and Ford Focus-competitor, the XC40 crossover and the successor for the V40. Geely on the other hand will receive vehicles for its European and Chinese lineups.

The new models will be based on a technology called ‘common interfaces’ or ‘modular technology’. The base structure of the cars will be scalable in its length, width, height, wheelbase and wheel size and will use parts with scalable characteristics. For example, the heating and ventilation system can be produced in manual and automatic versions, with one or several temperature zones and with different air quality.

No official launch dates have been announced but it is believed the new family of small Volvo models will be ready in at least two and a half years from now.

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