Volvo has patented the design for their Universe concept which was unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. It reportedly previews an S100 flagship.

Volvo has patented the design for their Universe concept which was unveiled at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show.

While this isn't ground breaking news, Auto Sina is reporting the vehicle previews an upcoming S100 flagship that will rival the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class.

Despite the latest round of speculation, Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby previously told Automotive News "[A flagship] is not in our midterm or long-term strategy right now. It is too early to enter the S-class size market. We are concentrating with our new products on our core segments."

Be part of something big

Volvo patents the Universe concept, S100 flagship coming soon?