Volvo Reintroduces the Compact 40 Series with Two Concepts on New Architecture

Volvo revealed the 40.1 and 40.2 concept cars on May 18 -- the first two vehicles to be built on the automaker's brand-new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). The crowd's response -- shock.

These two concepts are a breath of fresh air in the lineup.

"CMA has helped us to capture something special, something youthful in our new concept cars," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design, at Volvo Car Group. "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."

Unless you have been living in Australia, it has been a good three years since you've seen a new compact car in a Volvo showroom. Since the discontinuation of the Volvo C30 in 2013, our inventory at Volvo Cars Cape Cod has been populated strictly with larger wagons, sedans, and SUVs, which exude an elegant formality. The 40 series could return the vivacious spark we've been missing.

The CMA architecture it is built on is designed to handle an electrified powertrain, and though no details about the production versions of these concepts have been released, Volvo has told us to expect "a new compact Twin Engine plug-in hybrid as well as a pure electric car" in the 40 series.

Keep an eye on our new inventory in Hyannis, MA for new models, or browse pre-owned Volvo cars for old favorites like the C30.

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