• Dec 18th 2007 at 1:57PM
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Yesterday, the word from Auto Motor and Sport Sweden was that the next Volvo XC90 was stillborn due to a lack of hybrid drive trains and other fuel-saving technologies. Not so, according to Volvo, who responded to the pub's article by saying that a facelifted XC90 is in the works and that the XC90 replacement has not been cancelled.

How Volvo plans to get around new fuel economy regs and what Ford platform will be used to underpin the automaker's burly next-gen 'ute is still up in the air, but a clean-sheet rethink might be in order to address many of these environmental issues that will be plaguing Volvo in the upcoming years.

[Source: Auto Motor and Sport Sweden via World Car Fans]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The Edge/CX-9 platform is there to make an SUV. Volvo needs some inspiration. Other than the C30, there isn't an interesting car in the portfolio.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll bet they changed their minds after they read all the negative feedback they were getting on AutoBlog. lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank goodness, even though it should be renamed XC80 to go along with the XC60 with the evens. Keep the odds with taller wagons like the XC70.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Volvo would not hault production on one of their bread winners. Now as for the platform, Volvo will use the Volvo P24 ( Ford EUCD) platform, the same way they did with the Volvo P2 platform, simple. The next generation XC90 will be a force to recon with when it comes down to te other European auto SUV makers. From its debute, the XC90 has been the best seller of the European luxury SUV import. Now as for a refresh, Volvo really shouldnt they need to get the next XC90 out on the production line by 2009 for a 2010 model. The current one is great but compared to the new BMW X5, Mercedes Benz GL, Audi Q7, and Volkswagen toureg. Volvo needs to work quickly or else you will hear in a few weeks from Dearbourn, MI; the last European brand is currently on auction , Volvo Personvagnar AB.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yep. Unless I'm mistaken, the XC90 is third only to the Lexus RX and Acura MDX in terms of U.S. sales (though the X5 may or may not have caught it recently).

        It'd be flat-out stupid to abandon that kind of position.

        Then again, flat-out stupid isn't a rare commodity in the auto industry.
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