Replacement for today's V40 is in development as part of a new family of small premium cars from Volvo
9 October 2015

Work on the all-new platform that will underpin Volvo’s future range of compact cars - including a replacement for the V40 - is well under way with parent company Geely at a new research facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, according to Volvo’s research and development boss, Peter Mertens.

The new architecture is dubbed CMA. Mertens said the development work was especially challenging because the new ‘tool box’ of component sets and structural sub-assemblies would have to be versatile enough to form the basis of models in both mainstream and premium sectors.

“We have to cover everything from the mass market to an Audi A3 rival with CMA. Volkswagen’s MQB is doing something similar, but we have to push hard to ensure that we can have greater differentiation [between Geely and Volvo models],” he said.

The architecture will also underpin a compact crossover, likely to be badged XC40. Mertens said the CMA platform will be vital in helping to reduce Volvo’s corporate fuel economy average, because the Swedes are hoping to expand significantly in the premium compact market. Currently, Volvo achieves about 110,000 sales annually for the V40 and V40 Cross Country.

Mertens, who said he is “deeply involved” in the CMA architecture, has form in this tricky area. He led the platform design work on the General Motors structure that was used globally to underpin cars at different price levels and aimed at different markets, including the Vauxhall Astra, upmarket Buick Verano and budget Chevrolet Cruze.

Early last year, it was confirmed that Geely was working on a new family of small premium cars which included a replacement for the V40. The project will yield a range of similarly sized models for Geely, which sells a variety of brands in China.

Commenting on the decision to collaborate between themselves rather than seeking outside help, joint venture boss Mäts Fagerhag said: "We are in charge of our own destiny."

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21 March 2014
"Having considered collaborations with other manufacturers, Volvo and parent firm Geely decided to collaborate themselves" means no other manuacturer wanted to give them high-tech.
"..... will allow for the development of a series of more affordable Geely-branded models employing less advanced engines, suspensions and convenience features" means cheap low-tech then.
Surprized they're announcing the dumping of the V40 in 2017, that's only just about 4/5 years of production. Haven't seen to many of the Golf rival. Maybe that's the reason or Ford only licensed the Focus MK2 parts for a set length of time (only a guess)

 

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21 March 2014
xxxx wrote:

"Having considered collaborations with other manufacturers, Volvo and parent firm Geely decided to collaborate themselves" means no other manuacturer wanted to give them high-tech.
"..... will allow for the development of a series of more affordable Geely-branded models employing less advanced engines, suspensions and convenience features" means cheap low-tech then.
Surprized they're announcing the dumping of the V40 in 2017, that's only just about 4/5 years of production. Haven't seen to many of the Golf rival. Maybe that's the reason or Ford only licensed the Focus MK2 parts for a set length of time (only a guess)

Who said they were dumping it?! It will just replace the current one, but this time there will be a S40 and XC40. Here in Nottingham there are quite a few around, certainly as many as the new shape A3.

As for no one wanting to give them high tech... they are more than capable on there own in that department.

There in house built chassis that will feature on upcoming models will only go down to S60 size so they wanted to collaborate to build smaller models.

21 March 2014
I'm sure the lessons learned from the big scaleable platform they are just launching will be used on this. Good on them. It hasn't hurt Audi to have cars based on the same platforms as Skoda. Hope it can be scaled down to a V20 sized car as well, give Audi's A1 a a challenge.

xxxx wrote:

Surprized they're announcing the dumping of the V40 in 2017, that's only just about 4/5 years of production. Haven't seen to many of the Golf rival. Maybe that's the reason or Ford only licensed the Focus MK2 parts for a set length of time (only a guess)

I see what you mean, but I suspect the V40 won't be the first one to use the platform. Volvo need a smaller car than the V60 quickly, so that will probably be first. I rather like the current car, see loads on the roads. It stands out far more than the A3, just looks a lot classier. I would have one if I could afford one.

21 March 2014
Good news hearing that an S40 might be back.

I wonder if an XC40 would mean the disappearance of the V40 Cross Country.

21 March 2014
Lets not forget, the cheques have been written for $11bn of investment in Volvo over the next 5 years, Volvo have a brand new range of engines, they have a new scalable platform, a new XC90 is due in the next 12 months, they already lead the field in safety, they have just previewed their new styling direction with 3 stunning concepts. They are not trying to compete with the big German brands, they are just looking to offer an alternative with equal build quality and technology but with a different slant on luxury and styling. I really believe if they get it right they will be selling a lot more vehicles purely because they are not going for aggressive over the top and in some cases bland and ugly designs. Lets also not forget, they are the only manufacturer who offer a genuinely capable Diesel plug in hybrid that they cant build fast enough, even though it is expensive.

9 October 2015
110,000 annually and globally? For what started as a golf rival that's bad. The golf sells that many in the UK alone in 9 months. Next version needs to be less ugly with better interior layout

 

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9 October 2015
If Volvo got the dynamics of their cars half decent, even to Korean levels I would buy them over anything else. Love their design, interiors and thoughtful touches like using materials that don't off gas. Even new cars barely smell inside. Shame they drive about as well as Vauxhalls.

9 October 2015
I have always liked volvos - biggest thing for me is price - and I think others in the general public don't see them as premium (even though they have probably never looked at one.) I'm 31 and was looking at a lease on a v60 - straight away my friends called me a grandad as they see volvos as old man cars, unfortunatly for volvo I then saw details about the new skoda superb - although I am now not in a position to lease or buy any of the two cars I honestly think volvo for all its hard work will still not sell. I personally love there designs.

9 October 2015
gazza5 wrote:

I have always liked volvos - biggest thing for me is price - and I think others in the general public don't see them as premium (even though they have probably never looked at one.) I'm 31 and was looking at a lease on a v60 - straight away my friends called me a grandad as they see volvos as old man cars, unfortunatly for volvo I then saw details about the new skoda superb - although I am now not in a position to lease or buy any of the two cars I honestly think volvo for all its hard work will still not sell. I personally love there designs.

I don't get this. Your friends think Volvo is an old man's car.... so you looked at a Skoda??

It's silly to care about what people think anyway. You should drive whatever car you want.

9 October 2015
Don't know what @xxxx is on about, nobody mentioned hydrogen here for starters. I see loads of V40s about, just outside in the carpark there are 2 parked up. The hatchback is almost a spiritual successor to the old Saab 900 / NG 9-3.

Would be nice to see the S40 back too, though I'm waiting to see what the S90 does to used S80 prices...

XC40 is a logical step, while I'm not a fan of the crossover trend, it sells cars.

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