Volvo has outlined a future platform and engine plan after its break-away from Ford ownership
5 September 2011

Volvo has outlined a radical future platform and engine plan after its break-away from Ford ownership. It includes a new modular platform that can underpin anything from a C30 to an S80 and a new range of highly efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

See pics of the Concept Universe - a hint at Volvo's future direction

The new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) will allow future Volvos to be up to 150kg lighter than the model they replace, with all models – regardless of size - being able to be built on the same production line due to their modularity. Chinese-owned Volvo claims SPA also allows for improved weight distribution and better driving dynamics, as well as incorporating a common electrical and safety architecture for all models.

The Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA) direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel engines spells the end for five- and six-cylinder-engined Volvos. The Swedish firm says the new engines will produce less CO2 and offer up to 35 per cent better fuel economy than current like-for-like engines, with performance greater than current six-cylinder units.

VEA engines are also up to 90kg lighter than present units and some will be offered with hybrid technology, including an innovative flywheel hybrid system that offers 80bhp more power and 20 per cent better economy.

Volvo will unveil a new concept car at this month’s Frankfurt motor show that will be based around the new SPA philosophy.

The Concept Universe model unveiled at the Shanghai motor show earlier this year was the first indication of the company’s future direction under Chinese ownership.

Mark Tisshaw

See all the latest Volvo reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out