February 22, 2024

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Volvo C40 Recharge designed from ground up

The Belgium-built C40 is the first Volvo designed with out a regular grille and introduces a new front fascia style and design that incorporates headlights with pixel know-how.

Volvo Chief Technology Officer Henrik Green claimed the headlights work like a movie projector.

“They are not just 1 solitary mild resource, you can essentially dim distinct pixels,” Green claimed. “That indicates in oncoming targeted visitors you can instantly dim the lights to prevent blinding other motorists.”

The rear of the C40 features a reworked taillight style and design to go with the decrease roofline. The C40 is the first Volvo model to be leather-based-totally free.

Though the C40 shares a system with the XC40 Recharge, the two motor vehicles are focused at distinct markets, Volvo Retail Advisory Board Chairman Ernie Norcross advised Automotive News.

The C40 is billed as a conquest car or truck aimed at millennials. It targets the “consumer who wishes a sedan experience but also wishes utility,” Norcross claimed.

Green explained the C40 as a “me” vehicle.

“It nevertheless captures a good deal of the practicality from the XC40 but it can be extra of an individualistic vehicle than a sensible family vehicle,” he claimed.

But, the appetite for a 200-mile compact EV in the U.S. is constrained, probably earning the C40 a market model below. Volvo anticipates offering about 8,000 a yr, dealers were being advised very last yr.

Volvo is almost certainly aiming for the China sector, which is extra rate-sensitive and inclined to undertake shorter-variety EVs, Guidehouse Insights analyst Sam Abuelsamid claimed.

But with homologation prices for an EV currently being “considerably significantly less” than for an interior combustion motor car or truck, Volvo probably sees the U.S. as supplying incremental volume, Abuelsamid claimed.