Tokyo: Volvo makes a return after 7 years [live images] image

Volvo made a return to the Tokyo Motor Show after pulling out, along with many other foreign brands, following the global financial crisis.

It’s a comeback based on rising sales in Japan.

Sales this year have risen more the 25 percent compared to 2012 and have reached their highest since the late 1990s. Volvo Japan execs said that its best seller has been the V40 which was voted the 2013 Imported Car of The Year in the country.

Nothing new on the stand, but the company gave another airing to its Concept Coupe to give showgoers an insight into the design direction the Swedish company is taking. The concept sits on Volvo’s new modular SPA platform, which will be the base for models from the S60 up, the first will be the XC90 due at the end of next year.

The Concept Coupe also previews Volvo’s new plug-in hybrid technology, which it says will give V8 performance but with the economy of a four-cylinder.