Volvo and Geely’s co-developed CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform was first used for the Volvo’s Concept 40.1 and Concept 40.2 introduced in May earlier this year. On 20th October 2016, Geely will reportedly announce its first CMA platform-based model in Gothenburg, Sweden.
While Volvo Cars will utilize the CMA platform for its compact car family, its parent company Geely Holdings is planning to launch a new premium brand next year, codenamed ‘L’, under which the CMA platform-based model will launch.
The first CMA model from the new Chinese brand will be an SUV while a sedan is also under development. The ‘L’ brand cars will be positioned between Volvo and Geely, and will compete with Chinese-foreign venture brands. The ‘L’ won’t have exclusive dealerships; its cars will be sold through Geely’s existing dealers.
The CMA platform’s development is led by China Euro Vehicle Technology, a subsidiary of the Geely Group. The first two CMA platform-based Volvo models, though not officially acknowledged, would be the Volvo S40 saloon the Volvo XC40, arriving from 2017.