Not too long ago, Volvo effectively replaced three models with one. Those were the C30, S40 and V50, and their replacement came in the form of the V40. While its predecessors were available (at some point, anyway) in North America, the V40 isn't. And that's something that Volvo's players in the US would like to change.

According to Automotive News, both Volvo Cars of North America and its dealers are pressing the factory to reverse its decision and prepare the V40 for an American assault on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3. It's a game they won before with the current V60, which hasn't been available here, but is set to make the transatlantic voyage come the start of the new year.

This time, though, Volvo Cars of North America may have a bigger fight on its hands, because the V40 wasn't designed to meet US regulations. Getting it up to spec, then, may be a bigger challenge than it's worth. But if the American importer and dealer network makes its voice heard, the V40's replacement could be designed with US regulations in mind.

What do you think? Does the V40 have a place in America? Cast your vote in our poll below.

Should Volvo import the V40 to North America?
Absolutely. We need more compact European sport wagons over here. 8048 (87.3%)
No. This is one the Europeans can keep to themselves. 853 (9.3%)
I'm not sure. 315 (3.4%)

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      • 1 Year Ago
      If anybody can sell a compact wagon in the US, it's Volvo (or Subaru or VW). Plus this is a fine looking one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a great looking car so I, too, cannot understand Volvo's decision to not import this to the US.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Probably has something to do with the Ford split which kept Volvo from selling anything that would compete with Ford products, in this case the Focus from which it is based.
      • 1 Year Ago
      V40 & V60 (and back to the V70, for that matter) with AWD...please. No stupid SUV/CUV cladding, and raised rides. Give me a sleek, road-worthy touring-wagon...
        • 1 Year Ago
        V60 AWD is coming next year. There is no reason for the V70, that is what the V60 is. XC40 won't happen until a full redesign to rid the Ford bits. Volvo/Fords former relationship needs to weed out the Ford bits.
      Nicholas Prota
      • 1 Year Ago
      As an owner of a first gen V40, I would definitely buy this one if it came to America.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one sexy Volvo.
      De Cent
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the v50r wagons. Decent balance of space power and handling. I know I know. Its a focus...don't hate.
      • 1 Year Ago
      i say yes, but i fear it will be $35k so then you might as well not as i won't even go check it out at the dealer bring it for $28k and you might have something
      • 1 Year Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alright, I'll admit to voting yes before reading the article.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm more interested in the V60 because I have a daughter and need the space but the V40 and in particular the off road-ish model are very nice looking and more practical than the old C30.
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