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Volvo Unveils New XC40 and S40 Concepts

Underlying CMA platform will be shared with Chinese parent Geely.

by on May.19, 2016

This concept will reappear next year as the completely redesigned Volvo XC40.

Volvo is in the midst of a complete brand makeover, and the automaker is giving us a hint of its next move in an aggressive, top-to-bottom product rollout with the unveiling of the new S40 and XC40 concepts.

Both models will mark a significant step forward, but not only for the Swedish automaker. In production, the next-gen Volvo XC40 and Volvo S40 models will ride on the maker’s all-new Compact Modular Architecture which is designed to be shared with Chinese parent Geely. It is, in fact, a key to Geely’s long-term goal to transform itself into a truly global automaker.

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“CMA has helped us to capture something special, something youthful in our new concept cars. They have an energy, a disruptive and engaging urban character that makes them stand out,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo’s senior vice president of design.


Volvo V40 Cross Country Is a Blend of Wagon and Crossover

New model to feature world's 1st pedestrian airbag.

by on Oct.01, 2012

The Volvo V40 Cross Country will target luxury competitors such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

Say “Volvo” and there’s a good chance your first image will be one of the maker’s traditional, boxy wagons.  While “two-box” designs remain strong in the European market, ute-like styling has become much more prevalent in the rest of the world – and is steadily gaining ground on the Continent, as well.

So, with the Paris Motor Show unveiling of the new V40 Cross Country, Volvo is clearly hoping to deliver a blend of both wagon and CUV. And it’s taking aim at such challenging competitors as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class crossovers.

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Based on the current Volvo V40 Hatchback, the Cross Country gains nearly two inches in ride height – while getting larger, black and silver alloy wheels and decidedly chunky bumpers that Volvo apparently believes will give the new model a more robust, go-anywhere appearance.


Volvo Offering World’s First Pedestrian Airbag

Safety systems also can brake for foot traffic.

by on Mar.08, 2012

Volvo introduces the world's first pedestrian airbag system on the new V40.

By even the most conservative estimates airbags have saved thousands of lives since the auto industry began phasing them into widespread use two decades ago.  And now, Volvo is betting it can also save pedestrian lives with the world’s first external airbag.

The new system is one of the many high-tech safety features being introduced on the Swedish maker’s new V40 wagon, which is itself making its world debut at this week’s Geneva Motor Show.

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The 5-door features – as one might expect of Volvo – a wide range of advanced safety technology, and along with the new airbag system the V40 has Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection technology designed to prevent a collision in the first place.

The V40 itself is based on an all-new architecture that is intended to serve as the platform for a wide variety of upcoming Volvo products, including replacements for the current C30 coupe, S40 sedan and even the bigger V50 wagon.


No Polish Joke: Polish Website Leaks Pics of New Volvo V40

Details to come at Geneva Motor Show.

by on Feb.23, 2012

A Facebook leak provides us with a clear picture of the new Volvo S40.

Somebody is going to need to plug the leak in Geneva – not us of course.  It seems like every day we catch a glimpse of another one of the many products that are scheduled to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.  And today brought a pair of inadvertent early releases, the Audi A3 and, here, the new Volvo V40.

Images of the Swedish 5-door offering – which just happens to be targeted against the likes of the Audi A3 – surfaced on Polish magazine Motodziennik’s Facebook page a good week ahead of schedule.

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Until now, Volvo has only offered a fuzzy silhouette image to tease interest.

For the moment, Volvo isn’t providing any additional details, hoping it can still draw a crowd to its stand at Geneva’s PALExpo Convention Center.  But we’re hearing enough about the new wagon to offer a few hints of what is planned.