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Volvo and Geely Detail Future Platform

It is slated to debut in 2015 and will be used by both automakers

Volvo and Geely have already begun preparation for the new platform

GeelyGeelyGeelyChina, 1986 > present5 models
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wants to expand outside of China and into Europe and possibly into the United States. To do so, it is going to work with VolvoVolvoVolvoSweden, 1927 > present49 models
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to develop a new platform for C-segment compact cars that both companies can sell globally. Volvo will still use its new SPA platform for larger vehicles and crossovers.

Geely says that it will use the platform to “help achieve synergies through economies of scale and scope in terms of development, testing, and procurement, without the slightest compromise on brand value."

Volvo will likely use the platform to build a compact crossover that would be similar in size to the EvoqueRange Rover EvoqueLand Rover Range Rover EvoqueUnited Kingdom, 2011 > present140 versions
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"If you stretch an architecture too much you have to compromise - we don't want to do that. To stretch the SPA platform down to the C-segment would mean too many compromises," said a Volvo spokesperson.

Volvo and Geely say that they want the new platform to debut in 2015. Before that Geely will launch in the UK to establish showrooms and the name in consumers’ minds. It will wait to launch in continental Europe until the new platform is ready to debut.

Geely says that the marketing of the new cars will lean heavily on Volvo’s reputation for safety and reliability.

"Our acquisition of Volvo enhanced our image and overseas consumers are seeing us as an international company. Our deliveries in the U.S. and Europe will be banking on those jointly developed models," said Geely CEO Gui Shengyue.

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Source: Autocar





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