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Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:39:33 +0000

Volvo primed to replace V40 with SUV-coupe

Volvo V40 Volvo will replace its family hatchback with a higher-riding, sportier model

The Volvo V40 could be indirectly replaced by an SUV-coupé in the next three years, in reaction to falling sales and the need to accommodate electrification.

Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo's European boss, confirmed to Autocar that the V40 will not be replaced directly but said that it would be superseded by a higher-riding model.

He is confident that Volvo can achieve its annual sales goal of 800,000 units with its existing three-pronged approach of the 40, 60 and 90-series cars, but added: “We probably need another bodystyle in the next two to three years in the 40 series.

“We need to do something more creative, which is why we decided not to replace the V40 [directly].”

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