Volvo 40 Series Concepts Put New Small-Car Architecture on Display

Back in May, two Volvo concepts stunned the crowd at an unveiling event in Gothenburg, Sweden. They were the first vehicles built on Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a new platform that will define the future of Volvo's small car line.

First, the 40.1 showed what a new compact SUV might look like, complete with Thor's Hammer headlights -- one of the trademarks of Volvo's new design language. Sleek, dramatic lines draw the eye over a unique profile.

The 40.2 was even more daringly different. Its tall liftback shape makes you work hard to define it as a sedan. "Sedan" sounds too pedestrian for this engagingly modern design.

“Each member of our product family has its own distinct character, just like the members of a real family. CMA has helped us to capture something special, something youthful in our new concept cars. They have an energy, a disruptive and engaging urban character that makes them stand out amongst the crowd. This is the flavor of small Volvos to come,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design, at Volvo Car Group.

There hasn't been so much as a peep out of Volvo regarding the production versions of these 40 series concepts since their unveiling in the spring. They are rumored to be starting production sometime in 2017 -- we hope to see them jazzing up our new inventory at Volvo Cars of Santa Monica soon!

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