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RSS Report: Volvo to shake off Ford ties with new platforms, engines


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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/ford/" rel="tag">Ford</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/volvo/" rel="tag">Volvo</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/luxury/" rel="tag">Luxury</a></p><p>

<a href="http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130221/COPY01/302219837/volvo-purges-more-ford-influences-with-new-engines-platform#axzz2LY7WdoOb"><img alt="Volvo Emblem" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2013/02/volvo-emblem-628.jpg" style="margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; width: 628px; height: 417px;" /></a><br /> <br /> It would seem <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/volvo/">Volvo</a> is finally getting around to throwing all of Ford's things out of the apartment. <em>Automotive News</em> reports the Swedish automaker is preparing to unleash a range of new engines as well as a fresh platform designed entirely in house. The powerplants include an all-new four-cylinder engine set to bow before the end of this year before arriving in the US by 2014. Shortly thereafter, the world should get its first glimpse at the next-generation <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/volvo/xc60/">XC60</a>, which will the company's first model to make use of the Volvo scalable platform architecture (SPA). US buyers can expect to see that machine on their roads by early 2015.<br /> <br /> The next <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/v70/">V70</a> and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/s80/">S80</a> will also use the SPA, though those models will carry <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/v90/">V90</a> and S90 designations when they hit dealer floors. But that doesn't mean Volvo has completely weened itself off of <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/ford/">Ford</a> technology. The V40 will continue to ride on Ford bones until the model's next chassis can be co-developed between Volvo and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/geely/">Geely</a>.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Volvo continues to suffer slow sales as a result of Europe's economic crisis. Volvo was forced to cut some 1,100 jobs in the EU last year and January saw sales slide by some 18 percent.</p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/23/volvo-to-shake-off-ford-ties-with-new-platforms-engines/">Volvo to shake off Ford ties with new platforms, engines</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/23/volvo-to-shake-off-ford-ties-with-new-platforms-engines/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20472216/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/23/volvo-to-shake-off-ford-ties-with-new-platforms-engines/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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