A new report from Reuters says that the new generation small cars from Volvo will be built in Belgium.
The V40 hatchback, the smallest offering from the company, has been in the market since 2012 will have to be upgraded later in the decade. The hatchback sits on a modified version of the Ford Focus platform and is manufactured exclusively at the company’s plant in Ghent, Belgium. CKD kits of the car, however, are assembled in Malaysia. The second generation V40 will be based on a new platform called the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).
The next generation V40 will be the first car to based on the CMA platform, adds the report. It will continue to be manufactured at the same plant in Ghent, Belgium. The company is also considering to build the all-new model in China and as per the report, it has three Chinese locations in mind for the car’s local production – two existing plants in Chengdu and Daqing, or a new plant being in Luqiao. The car’s assembly using CKD kits in Malaysia is expected to continue the same way.
The report also hints that the company is interested in a sub-XC60 crossover that can rival the Audi Q3, the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and the like. This crossover could be named ‘XC40’ and be based on the new CMA platform.