Volvo reveals all-new V40 ahead of Geneva show

(February 28, 2012) Volvo will reveal the all-new Volvo V40 compact five-door hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on March 6.

Volvo says the all-new V40 is ready to overtake the competition in the premium hatchback class with sharpened features and characteristics from larger Volvos wrapped in a sleek, compact package.

"The all-new V40 is the first new model that is fully developed according to our human-centric, Designed Around You strategy. Charged with an outstanding set of high-tech features it definitely will give our toughest competitors a headache," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.

Volvo expects to sell 90,000 units per year with as much as 85 percent of the volume will going to European customers. The vehicle has yet to be confirmed for the U.S. market. Volvo's hesitancy to put the V40 into the North American market stems from the theory that U.S. customers don't buy hatchbacks or station wagons, instead favoring crossover vehicles.

The V40 is a modern, expressive car with a Scandinavian luxury look and feel, a high-quality aura and meticulous attention to detail. The new, fully graphic instrument cluster with personalized layout and information enhances the intuitive and uncomplicated driver experience.

"Thanks to input from customers all over the world our most compact V-range model features an outstanding blend of design, safety and versatility. The car is loaded with features that buyers of modern luxury cars want," explained Jacoby.

The engine range for Europe spans everything from Volvo's first diesel to the turbocharged T5 gas engine with 254 horsepower and acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds. All engine versions feature start-stop and braking energy regeneration, no matter whether they are fitted with a manual or automatic gearbox.