Volvo’s future compact cars will be based on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). The Swedish automaker has announced details about the new scalable platform and stated that the first car to be underpinned by this platform is expected be launched in 2017.
The CMA platform is the smaller version of Volvo’s SPA platform. Both these platforms will form the cornerstone of the company’s growth strategy. Volvo says that because of CMA platform, the customers of its compact cars will be able to avail of the same engineering benefits that are enjoyed by patrons of its larger cars. Both architectures share many technologies with each other such as powertrains, infotainment, safety systems, climate and data network.
Adoption of the CMA platform is likely to bring in economies of scale, as it will allow the company to manufacture a large number of cars, with different components of various complexities, on the same architecture, leading to a streamlined manufacturing process. The CMA platform is future ready from the beginning as it has been designed from the start to embrace electrification and hybrid technology.
Volvo has a strategy that involves the replacement of every car in its current lineup in the next four years and on to an annual sales figure of 8,00,000 units; this process, says Volvo, has already started with the introduction of the XC90 crossover and will continue with the S90 flagship luxury saloon.