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    Volvo purges more Ford influences

    Volvo purges more Ford influences
    Automotive News Europe
    February 21, 2013
    by Nick Gibbs

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Volvo is distancing itself further from its Ford Motor Co. legacy as it prepares to launch a new range of in-house engines and a modular platform. The first engine will be a four-cylinder unit that will debut before the end of this year -- Volvo wouldn't say if it is gasoline or diesel -- while the all-new XC90 premium large SUV that arrives late next year will be the first to use Volvo's scalable platform architecture (SPA).

    Following the SUV, Volvo will use SPA to underpin the V70 and S80, which be called the V90 and S90 when they arrive in the near term, r&d boss Peter Mertens told journalists during a briefing at Volvo's global headquarters here this week. He also said a coupe was possible off the same platform.

    Ford sold Volvo to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the parent of Chinese carmaker Geely Automobile, in 2010 for $1.8 billion.

    Even after SPA is online, the Swedish automaker still will use a Ford platform for the first-generation V40, which debuted last year. The second-generation V40 will use a new modular compact platform Volvo said this week it will develop with Geely at a joint r&d center in Gothenburg. The platform also will underpin a future Geely compact model, Volvo said.

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    Re: Volvo purges more Ford influences

    Quote Originally Posted by nruggiero View Post
    ...Following the SUV, Volvo will use SPA to underpin the V70 and S80, which be called the V90 and S90 when they arrive in the near term, r&d boss Peter Mertens told journalists during a briefing at Volvo's global headquarters here this week. He also said a coupe was possible off the same platform.

    hope they finally build something larger than the new MKZ!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by nruggiero View Post
    ...Even after SPA is online, the Swedish automaker still will use a Ford platform for the first-generation V40, which debuted last year. The second-generation V40 will use a new modular compact platform Volvo said this week it will develop with Geely at a joint r&d center in Gothenburg. The platform also will underpin a future Geely compact model, Volvo said.
    this could be interesting
    tho
    hafta wonder if we'll ever see many of the new Volvo vehicles in N.A.
    not just BECAUSE:
    saw on GMI (haven't re-found it) that Geely might be SELLING OFF Volvo

    did YOU post that, N.R.? or have the link?

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    Re: Volvo purges more Ford influences

    Quote Originally Posted by 2b2 View Post

    this could be interesting
    tho
    hafta wonder if we'll ever see many of the new Volvo vehicles in N.A.
    not just BECAUSE:
    saw on GMI (haven't re-found it) that Geely might be SELLING OFF Volvo

    did YOU post that, N.R.? or have the link?
    Nope. I do think that was just a rumor, though.

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    Re: Volvo purges more Ford influences

    ....and Ford is still using THAT Volvo S80 platform for the current Taurus, MK S, MK T, Flex and Explorer.... Incongruent, not??
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    Re: Volvo purges more Ford influences

    Quote Originally Posted by falcon lover View Post
    ....and Ford is still using THAT Volvo S80 platform for the current Taurus, MK S, MK T, Flex and Explorer.... Incongruent, not??
    It was heavily changed.
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