Volvo Needs Automotive Partner for Small Car Development

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All of the current Volvo models are built around platforms shared with Ford, their previous owner until they were bought by Geely in 2010. Not even the upcoming five-door version of the C30 is safe. But the while the European market is focused on C-Segment cars and crossovers, city cars and other smaller configurations are also very popular, and with premium features they can make a lot of money for the manufacturer.
Volvo could thus do with such a car, but they don’t have the necessary platform and developing one from scratch all by themselves might be too costly. That’s why the company is coming out in the open and saying they might need a partner to share the burden.

“We are open for partners”, Volvo’s CEO Stefan Jacoby told the Financial Times. “We are open for collaboration in a win-win situation for sharing platforms, for sharing engines, and for a general higher scale of economics.”
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