Sweden – The Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a smaller version of the OEM’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), will be introduced in 2017 and will allow a wide range of powertrains, electrical systems and technologies to be fitted on the same platform, creating significant economies of scale and a more streamlined production process. With both SPA and CMA in operation, all Volvo cars can now be made on just two scalable and modular architectures.
According to Volvo, CMA means that customers of its compact cars will benefit from the same type of premium engineering as for the larger vehicles built on SPA. Shared technologies between SPA and CMA will include both conventional and plug-in hybrid powertrains plus infotainment, climate and data network and systems. Peter Mertens, senior vice-president, R&D at Volvo Car Group, claimed that CMA “liberates Volvo’s engineers and designers”.
Volvo says the simultaneous development of SPA and CMA form “the cornerstone” of its product renewal and growth strategy, which involves replacing every car in its line-up over the next four years and reaching an annual sales volume of up to 800,000. The process started with the launch of the XC90 and will continue shortly with the new S90 premium sedan. Volvo expects to “significantly increase” its worldwide volumes with its forthcoming range of CMA-based cars, encompassing “a truly global footprint” and “exciting new product segments”.
Mertens added: “We are in a terrific position with CMA. We have developed this new architecture as a plug-and-play component. This means that on Volvo’s next generation of compact cars you will benefit from the advanced technologies available on our XC90 today.”