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"Volvo boss Stefan Jacoby has spoken of his desire for the firm to create a rival to the Mini and Audi A1. "Premium customers no longer define luxury based on the size of the car or number of cylinders, there are other attributes which will come into play,” he told Auto News. The new model is someway off, however, as Jacoby first plans to switch Volvo’s entire line-up (excluding the new V40) to its new Scalable Platform Architecture modular platform."
<---And that's the only thing posted about it.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/m...abrio-revealed-volvos-mini-rival-new-fiat-500
 

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The trend from Volvo at the moment is for a senior executive to say Volvo is interested or considering a certain product 1-2 years ahead of launch. Sometimes less.

The projects are in fact 2-6 years since inception.

For example, the "volvo wants a Golf rival' preceded the V40 launch (V40 was started in 2006)

"Volvo's own engines" preceded the VEA 4 cylinder family (programme started in 2009)

Volvo has recently suggested the VEA could spawn 3 cylinder engines. This actually means they are on the way :)

"Volvo wants a partner for a small car".... Geely is the natural choice but I also see the Fiat connection as a neat one.

The small car refered to here was actually penned by Steve Mattin but wasnt totally completed when he left. Peter Horbury further tweaked the design.

True, the car needs to share a platform with someone. Next generation co-devleoped Geely's are the logical choice. The new 1 litre 3 cylinder engine for this car would also be used by Geely. If one considers that a 3 cyinder 1 litre is good enough as a base model for the V40, consider next steps in this for the smaller "P20" car.

small car is a logical step given current trends. The only caution is the much lower unit profit on smaller cars.
 

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small car is a logical step given current trends. The only caution is the much lower unit profit on smaller cars.
Unless Volvo do what BMW have done with the MINI and produce a whole series of cars under the small car idea. Reflect on the concept Volvo had done years ago like the 2 door sports coupe, 3 door fastbacks etc
 
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