Volvo has announced it will launch an all-new compact car based on its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) in 2017.

ACCORDING TO VOLVO, CMA is a smaller version of the brand’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which sits under the XC90 and will be used for larger Volvo cars. The Volvo S90 will be the next vehicle to be built on this platform. The smaller CMW platform will be used to launch the new-generation V40 and XC40 as well as plug-in hybrid variants of those models.

Going forward, Volvo has said all its cars will now be built on just two “fully scalable platforms and wholly modular architectures”. These developments form the cornerstone of the brand’s plan to renew its entire vehicle line-up over the next four years.

“Shared technology between SPA and CMA will include powertrains (both conventional and new plug-in hybrid variants) and the infotainment, climate and data network and safety systems taking the Swedish car maker ever closer to its vision of no deaths or injuries in its new cars by 2020,” Volvo said in a statement.

Commenting on the announcement, Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia, said: “The flexibility of CMA liberates Volvo’s engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring features whilst at the same time improving drivability, offering world-class safety features and connected car technologies.”

“We are in a terrific position with CMA. We have developed this new architecture as a plug and play component. This means that on Volvo’s next generation of compact cars you will benefit from the advanced technologies available on our XC90 today,” said Mr McCann.


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