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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