It would seem Volvo is finally getting around to throwing all of Ford's things out of the apartment. Automotive News reports the Swedish automaker is preparing to unleash a range of new engines as well as a fresh platform designed entirely in house. The powerplants include an all-new four-cylinder engine set to bow before the end of this year before arriving in the US by 2014. Shortly thereafter, the world should get its first glimpse at the next-generation XC60, which will the company's first model to make use of the Volvo scalable platform architecture (SPA). US buyers can expect to see that machine on their roads by early 2015.

The next V70 and S80 will also use the SPA, though those models will carry V90 and S90 designations when they hit dealer floors. But that doesn't mean Volvo has completely weened itself off of Ford technology. The V40 will continue to ride on Ford bones until the model's next chassis can be co-developed between Volvo and Geely.

Meanwhile, Volvo continues to suffer slow sales as a result of Europe's economic crisis. Volvo was forced to cut some 1,100 jobs in the EU last year and January saw sales slide by some 18 percent.



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      eringax
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to several reports on Swedish car sites (automotorsport.se, teknikensvarld.se) the first new model from Volvo to be built on the SPA is the new XC90 and not the XC60.
      icerabbit
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand why some of the details of this article don't line up with with previously published details.
      dci gene shunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps the Geely/ Volvo combination is good. Volvo makes safe cars, Geely has no idea how to make safe cars. A polite Swedish gentleman will come over to the China design office and politely say "excuse me, discarded diapers are not to be put inside the steering wheel airbags.".
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats right volvo dont end up like your cousin saab.
      Xi Gua
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now all Geely has to do is takeover Fisker and A123 and start making some super electric Volvos.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
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      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Volvo suffers from slow sales because they build cars for people who buy cars once every 20 years. Go to any university and walk around the academic parking lot. It's a Volvo history museum. I bet every single one of the drivers will tell you the exact same thing- they're safe, reliable cars that hold cargo well and the dogs really like the back seat where the .... and then you nod off.
        John S
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        You're partly right, but those people buy Subarus now.
        ammca66564
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        And it was because Volvos became egregiously unreliable in the '80s and '90s, before Ford saved them from themselves. And John S is dead on about the Subarus. Dead on.
          RWD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ammca66564
          Right on about the Subarus, but I have an '89 240DL that would disagree with your reliability claim. The 90's saw spotty reliability (a few serious issues), but from '99 and the early 2000's (after Ford came in)... the reliability is apparently terrible! That's a real shame too, because the S60/V70 design from those years is gorgeous, still looks great today. This is from multiple honest conversations with multiple Volvo dealers and independent Volvo specialists... what Ford actually did was destroy a reputation for reliability.
          e46mike
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ammca66564
          Lest we not forget those horrible first generation S40's that were built by Mitsubishi. I wanted to throw rocks at mine.
          RWD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ammca66564
          @e46mike ...definitely a few serious problems in the 90's ;)
      T-Mille
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rough break up, huh?
      riserburn99andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good to see them moving forward with new bones. Idk if it will help or hurt but the infusion of cash and parent companies want to press forward is nice.
      Willie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its nice to see all of Fords exes are moving on with their lives.
        xbc2010
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Willie
        It's also nice that ford is making better cars as well. It seems to me that their recent uptick in quality might be that they don't have to dilute their mainstream brand to make their premium brands worth more.
      Proghog
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only Volvo I want is the V40 or XC40 and I will never see one in person unless I see one while aboard.
        MikeInNC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Proghog
        I did hear from a Volvo employee yesterday that the V60 is coming to the US. Unfortunately it will be in about 18 months but, at least that's something if you're waiting. BTW: I want the V40 too. But am going with an X1 or Audi A3 instead since it's not coming stateside and I need to replace my car now, not in 18 months.
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