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Volvo to proceed making sedans, estates | Autocar India

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The XC60 SUV bought extra models within the first three quarters of final 12 months than Volvo’s different choices mixed.

Volvo has confirmed it’s going to revamp its long-standing ‘S’ saloon and ‘V’ property fashions, regardless of SUVs now accounting for 75 % of its whole gross sales.

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The agency’s world bestseller, the Volvo XC60 SUV, bought extra models (1,62,600) within the first three quarters of 2021 than the S60, V60, S90 and V90 mixed. “Sure, the [S and V] strains shall be changed with one thing much more enticing to customers,” mentioned Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson. “We want decrease automobiles with a extra standard physique dimension, however possibly slightly much less sq. [than previously]. These low automobiles shall be along with our high-positioned SUVs. Keep tuned.”

When requested if the form of the Volvo C40 Recharge SUV would result in extra coupé-inspired Volvos, Samuelsson mentioned, “Sure and no. Vehicles shall be much less boxy in future, when we have to have decrease air resistance. You can name it coupé-ish. We discuss lots about vary in electrical automobiles, however I feel we are going to begin vitality effectivity, and, in fact, air resistance shall be very central to that.”

Final 12 months, Samuelsson informed our sister publication Autocar UK that the Swedish carmaker will improve its line-up of SUVs, whereas chopping again on conventional saloons and estates. So Volvo traditionalists shall be glad to listen to that the V and S strains will proceed in some kind. Nevertheless, they’re unlikely to hold the V and S designations, as Volvo confirmed that it’ll give future fashions names, reasonably than alphanumerics.

Samuelsson is about to step down as Volvo CEO in March, to get replaced by ex-Dyson Group CEO Jim Rowan. He may also depart Volvo’s board of administration, however proceed to function chairperson of EV efficiency model Polestar.

Volvo can be shifting its manufacturing priorities. It at present builds 15,000 EVs yearly, however by autumn subsequent 12 months that capability will improve to 1,50,000 EVs. On its intention to have 50 % EV gross sales by 2025, Volvo’s chief monetary officer Bjorn Annwall mentioned, “You want prospects who need EVs, and we’re absolutely assured ours do. You want nice automobiles, which we have now.”

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