There are some cars we enjoy writing about more than others. Those tend to be the ones with the big horsepower numbers and seldom more than two doors, but the new Volvo V40 that was officially released today stands as an exception, because while it is hardly what you'd call exotic, it did pique our interest more than a workaday hatchback should. But we'll have to try not to like it too much, because we just received confirmation that it is not, we're sorry to report, coming to the United States.

In an email we received today from Geno Effler, head of public relations for Volvo Cars of North America, we were told that – and we quote – "The V40 is not coming to the United States." Rats.

Effler further states in the correspondence that "The V40 is not replacing an existing model; it is a new model." Which may be true enough, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the existing C30 hatchback, S40 sedan and V50 wagon all go the way of the dodo in due course.

But then we wouldn't be all that surprised, either, to see a three-door version spun off of the V40 to officially take the place of the aging C30, a sedan version to replace the even older S40 and maybe even a longer wagon to take the place of the V50. For now, however, this is one more stylish European hatchback we'll just have to admire from afar.

So do you think Volvo ought to change its mind and bring the V40 to these shores? Cast your vote in our informal online poll below. You never know who in Gothenburg might be listening.

Should Volvo bring the new V40 to the U.S.?
Yes please! 11313 (80.0%)
No thanks! 1938 (13.7%)
I'm not sure 892 (6.3%)

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      • 3 Years Ago
      So they're gonna try and survive the american market with 2 SUV's and 1 or 2 Sedans? Morons.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What the Effler is wrong with Volvo? If not this then at least bring the V60 for Christ sakes!$ or Audi, are you hearing this? Bring the S4 Avant here because there is no competition!
      Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      It really annoys me that Volvo is pulling their wagons and hatchbacks from the US. Growing up, I always saw Volvo as a company that makes good, safe, station wagons. A lot of people flocked to these vehicles, and sorry Volvo, not all of them want a CUV / SUV. I certainly don't.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volvo cars of North America managment is still not listening. I have driven a C30 for the past 3 years & love it (as long as it's just me & my wife, it's too cramped if the 2 kids go along.) I have been requesting the S60 with a manual gearbox for 3 years. They sell a manual gearbox S60 in every other country. It's the management team of North America that prevents them from being sold here. When it is time to replace the C30 I WILL NOT be going to the Volvo dealer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Volvo NA was infamous for treating out-of-warranty customers like dirt. I had some problems with them and will never go back, either. In contrast, no problems with BMWNA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why? This is TERRIBLE news! I would of gladly purchased a C30 over my Mazda 3, had it had a second pair of doors.. I'm a fan of Volvo's designs. Then, Volvo releases a gorgeous 5 door at a time when hatchbacks are becoming more accepted in the states and they are basically shunning us. That's an incredibly bad decision... I see more Focus hatchbacks than sedans, 2:1...
      • 3 Years Ago
      damnit! I was actually really looking forward to getting me one those. It is stunning.
      Hopeful 001
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring this to the US please! Why are the nice design always ending up somewhere else. Who the hell are these guys surveying here who always opt for the boring designs?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hopeful 001
        Sorry, all they have to do is survey the thousands of look-alike silver crossovers and SUVs in a mall parking lot, and they know boring designs dominate the US market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's bad decisions like these that cause Volvo to suffer. This thing is hot, it would without a doubt sell well in the US. Heck, give it an AWD option and a diesel engine and I'll be the first to sign up for the European delivery program. VOLVO: RECONSIDER! Big mistake not to....
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the first of the new generation Volvos that actually piqued my interest... it's a wagon, it's sleek, it's packing a torquey diesel and it has the option of a manual. Oh well. Volvo US probably would rather remain a niche player, anyway. They didn't really want my money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have made the comment that the V40 is "No soup for you!" here in the U.S. on several occasions. Volvo will have three car lines (3 door hatch, mid sedan, large sedan.) and three CUV/SUVs . That is all the short-sighted Swedes believe we deserve here. You cannot imagine how upset our customers are that there is no small sedan available here. They are making a huge mistake.
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah for effin' sakes! I am so tired of haviong these cars not coming to North America! Cool cars are NOT just for the European market.
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