Volvo to Build New Compact Cars on Innovative Architecture

Volvo Cars will extend its range of compact cars into new segments on its innovative Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a smaller but equally advanced version of the acclaimed Volvo Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The first car of this company to be built on the CMA platform is expected to be launched in 2017.

The introduction of CMA in 2017 will mean that all future Volvo cars will be built on just two fully scalable and wholly modular vehicle architectures. CMA allows Volvo Cars to offer customers of compact cars the same type of premium engineering benefits as owners of its larger cars built on SPA. Shared technology between SPA and CMA will include powertrains (both conventional and new plug-in hybrid variants), the infotainment, climate control, data network and safety systems taking the Swedish car maker ever closer to its vision of no deaths or injuries in its new cars by 2020.

CMA will also change the way Volvo Cars builds its products in the future by allowing a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies of varying complexity to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale and a more streamlined manufacturing process. Dr. peter Mertens, Senior VP, R&D Group, Volvo commented: The flexibility of CMA liberates Volvo engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring features whilst at the same time improving drivability, offering world class safety features and connected car technologies.