First jointly-developed Volvo-Geely model coming in 2015 - report

2014 Volvo S60 19.2.2013
2014 Volvo S60 19.2.2013

Will ride on a new modular architecture

Geely CEO Gui Sheng Yue has revealed some new details about their upcoming model which will be jointly-developed with Volvo.

Speaking to reporters in Shanghai, Sheng Yue said the car is currently under development and is scheduled to be launched in 2015.

The executive declined to go into specifics but the companies have already announced the car will ride on a new modular architecture that will underpin C-segment vehicles from both automakers. It will be smaller than Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) and deliver "considerable cost savings in terms of development, testing and sourcing."

The news hasn't gone over well with the Volvo faithful but Geely Chairman Li Shuf has previously said "the sharing of knowledge and technology has to be done without jeopardizing brand integrity and individual product development. We believe a stand-alone, yet joint R&D Centre with a focused approach is the best way to achieve this."

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Highway 10 Highway 10
It is more of Geely-financed than joint-developed. Still Volvo-developed.
Aug 23rd, 2013 2:58am
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anneiv anneiv
There is a risk in co-development - having said that, Geely knows the best the value of keeping Volvo as a premium brand. A small set of companies from China are highly capable. I hope Geely will be one of them.
Aug 22nd, 2013 9:16pm
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HermanCampbell HermanCampbell
I really hope this doesnt bring down the quality of Volvo. As a fan this really worries me.
Aug 22nd, 2013 8:15pm
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VWRick VWRick
As a Ford Fan you can take comfort in knowing that the previous Ford/Volvo pairing did not bring down Volvo quality, and brought UP the quality of Ford, especially in the arena of safety.
May 31st, 2014 4:48pm
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