Volvo is planning to launch a family of small, compact cars that will take on the likes of Ford Focus, as per a fresh report from Autocar.
The development and production of these vehicles will take place at the new China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. CEVT is an engineering and development centre for future C-segment cars of both Volvo and Geely Auto. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volvo’s parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. This new company is headed by Mats Fagerhag, who was the lead engineer for the defunct Phoenix platform which was going to underpin new series of Saab cars.
The report states that CEVT will be capable of engineering a whole new vehicle, including the architecture, powertrain and transmission, upper body engineering and exterior design. Moreover, the new architecture will be used for Geely cars and for the replacement of the Volvo V40 and the proposed XC40 compact crossover.
Since these vehicles will have varied pricing and different features, the architecture will use an “unusual philosophy based around ‘common interfaces’”. The technique was pioneered by truckmaker Scania and CEVT calls this technique “modular technology”. The base structure will be scalable in its length, width, height, wheelbase and wheel size. Then, to build cars with different pricing and specifications, whole modules will be produced to meet the varied demands.
It is said that a hybrid powertrain will be part of the new architecture and a mechanical AWD system as well.