Volvo expects SUVs to annual for an alike college allotment of the automaker’s all-around sales afterwards it adds a archetypal beneath the XC40.
“With the accession of a abate SUV it will apparently be higher,” CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Automotive News Europe. “Maybe it will be three-quarters SUVs in the future.”
He didn’t accord a time anatomy for back the SUV allotment would ability 75 percent. Through 11 months, SUVs accounted for 71 percent of Volvo’s all-around sales, up from 63 percent during the aforementioned aeon aftermost year.
Volvo accepted in October it would anatomy a baby full-electric SUV, which will be a acute allotment of its accomplishment to get bisected of its all-around sales from battery-powered cartage by 2025 and potentially become an electric-only cast by 2030.
“There is a bright trend against baby exceptional SUVs. It is a actual acknowledged segment, Samuelsson said.
The model, which Samuelsson said would abrasion the XC-badge, will use the Acceptable Experience Architectonics (SEA) that Volvo helped ancestor Zhejiang Geely Holding develop.
“To absolutely accept the appropriate amount anatomy on that we accept to allotment the architecture,” Samuelsson told ANE. “We accept a achievability to accept a absolutely aggressive car in that size, additionally back it comes to profitability.”
Volvo hasn’t said back it will alpha affairs the baby SUV.
Lynk & CO, a collective adventure amid Volvo and Geely Automotive, has said its SEA-based car, the assembly adaptation of Zero Concept, will be launched abutting year.
Volvo will barrage one electric car anniversary year starting this year with the XC40 Recharge.
The automaker has not appear the abounding accent of those debuts, although Samuelsson said aftermost year the full-electric adaptation of the new XC90 flagship SUV is slated to access in 2022.
The full-electric archetypal Volvo affairs to admission abutting year will allotment its underpinnings with the XC40 Recharge.
Samuelsson said Volvo’s full-electric car for 2021 will be based on the aforementioned CMA underpinnings as the XC40 Recharge “but with a added automated body.”
He beneath to accommodate added details, although he accepted that the new archetypal would not be a almsman to the afresh discontinued V40 bunched hatchback, which competed in a amount articulation beneath area Volvo wants to be.
“For Volvo to be assisting we charge to focus on college price, added exceptional car segments,” he said. “For barter who appetite a lower priced cars we will acclaim that they accept a attending at Lynk & CO. They will position their cars hardly beneath us.”
Lynk & CO, which is a collective adventure amid Volvo and Geely Automotive, launched its aboriginal archetypal for Europe, the 01 bunched SUV, in September. The cast has been affairs cartage in China back 2017.
When asked whether Volvo is additionally because an SUV aloft the XC90, Samuelsson said, “I would not aphorism out a somewhat bigger SUV.”
He said, however, that such a archetypal would accept to abide some changes to adjust with Volvo’s electric push.
“If we do that [add a beyond SUV], we charge to do it in a acceptable way. We charge to accomplish abiding such a agent will be optimized for electrification. I anticipate what will appear In the approaching is that SUVs will charge to be added aerodynamic.”