Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson reveals the company doesn't want cars smaller than the next-gen 40-series models.
Volvo is on a roll these days with new and exciting models such as the S90 and V90 duo. These are joining the second-gen XC90, so the Geely-owned marque has more than decent offerings in the midsize premium segment. Focus is now on the 40-series which will be overhauled in the years to come by all-new models riding on Volvo’s CMA platform. Some of these new cars have already been previewed by concepts which are bound to become the next-gen S40 and the first-ever XC40.
Don’t hold your breath for additional cars below the 40-series because Hakan Samuelsson, the company’s CEO, told Car & Driver the company does not plan to downsize. The defunct C30 did not turn out to be a hit for the brand, so it’s easy to understand Volvo’s reluctance towards smaller cars.
Volvo will refresh its entire lineup within the next four years, with the obvious exception of existing SPA-based models (XC90, S90, V90). Fans of the Swedish marque should know there are plans for “emotional” models, but these won’t come out sooner than the end of the decade. In the meantime, there are going to be some spicy cars tweaked by Polestar, including a 450-hp model powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder biturbo engine featuring a supercharger.
There’s no doubt exciting things are happening at Volvo and there are also plans for a plethora of electrified vehicles, including a pure EV due to go on sale in 2019. Add into the mix Volvo’s gorgeous design language, rivals will certainly have something to worry about.
Source: Car & Driver