Volvo coupe project on hold
According to Volvo designer Anders Gunnarson in speaking to Auto Express, the idea of producing a coupe has many fans within the Swedish automaker, but right now the focus is on its core models – starting with the new XC90. Gunnarson himself once owned a P1800, lent his hand in designing the C70 and would like to see a new coupe take shape – likening the idea to "having cream on the top of mashed potato" - but the company has other priorities at the moment.
Striking as it was, the 2013 Volvo Coupe Concept was more of a design study and a showcase for the company's new design language than a preview of a specific model to follow.
The report would seem to uphold what we were told at the XC90's presentation a few months ago in Stockholm. That's where Volvo VP Lex Kerssemakers outlined for us a strategy that centered around a 40 series, a 60 series and a 90 series, with sedan, wagon, crossover and even soft-road wagon versions of each, but no coupes or convertibles for the time being.
That doesn't mean that a two-door model couldn't follow some point further down the line, but for the next four years at least, it seems Gothenburg will be focusing on what it does best. And that means four doors or five, but no less.
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