Volvo is considering a flagship model to sit above the XC90 off-roader
23 January 2007

Volvo is considering a flagship model to sit above the XC90 off-roader, senior sources have told Autocar.

The company is keen to expand sales in the US and the Far East and reckons that it needs a bigger car in the mould of the VCC concept, shown at the 2003 Geneva motor show.

According to Lex Kerssemakers, the company’s product strategy boss, a flagship model would definitely not be a big saloon. “We don’t want to make a five-metre car. It’s irresponsible” he said. “There is a market for that sort of thing but we just don’t want to be in it. We’d rather concentrate on more estate and SUV models.”

So any flagship will major on cabin space while minimising the space it takes up on the road. Rumours are that a model in the same vein as the Mercedes R-class is on the drawing board.

Chas Hallett

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