Posted on March 4th, 2013 in Volvo | No Comments »
Volvo was not successful in sourcing a platform for small cars from one of its competitors but it recently announced that it will come up with its own together with Geely, its mother company. The latter is also planning to use the platform to develop its line of small cars.
Volvo and Geely announced recently that they will setup a research and development center in Sweden, the hometown of Volvo, that will be responsible for the development of the new platform for their small vehicles.
The R&D team will be made up of more than 200 engineers from China and Sweden. The center is expected to be operational before the end of 2013.
The details about the new platform for Volvo’s small cars are still limited but it should be using a modular design similar to the SPA or Scalable Platform Architecture. The new platform will be used for the S60 and up. The SPA platform will be first seen on the 2015 model of the XC90 that will be hitting showrooms by next year.
Although the development of the new platform will be costly at the start, Volvo and Geely will enjoy its benefits in the long run. More importantly, Volvo will no longer have to compromise with another company in developing its small car platform.
Using modular designs for the new vehicle platforms, the Swedish brand will eventually have a good chunk of cost savings in terms of rolling out multiple models using the a common architecture.
You might be asking why Volvo will need a new backbone for its small cars when it just released the V40 and its Cross Country version. Well these models are new but are using an aging platform that is shared with the Volvo C30 and sourced from Ford, its former parent company.