According to Volvo’s Research&Development boss, Peter Mertens, the company will be able to shave off the development time to just 20 months for the new products based on the second new vehicle architecture it plans to add.
Volvo calls the new platform the “compact modular architecture, or CMA” and when it comes online the models using it would be developed in just 20 months – with upcoming models set to use it being the new generations of the V40 and several other compact cars. He pointed out the new architecture would allow it to come under current development times at Toyota or Mazda, for example, both needing around 26 months to develop their upcoming vehicles. That would also mark a major improvement over the time of 42 months needed to develop the current generation of the compact V40 five-door hatchback, presented back in 2012.
The CMA global architecture is not just Volvo’s work, as the platform has been co-developed with the Swedish company’s parent, China’s Zhejiang Geely. The architecture is flexible enough to underpin both premium Volvo models and upcoming affordable, competitively priced Geely cars, commented Mertens on the sidelines of the Geneva auto show. The executive added that CMA’s introduction will come when the V40 replacement is due in around three years, with subsequent use in other compact models of the brand later on. The other platform Volvo will use from now on is the new scalable product architecture, or SPA, which was first used for the new XC90 crossover – which needed 30 months of development time. The SPA would also be used to underpin all of Volvo’s larger nameplates.
Via Automotive News Europe