Britain's Autocar magazine reports this morning that Volvo is planning a new range of crossovers, in a final effort to get the brand's image and upscale intentions on track.
Volvo's sales have hovered at around 450,000 units a year but backslid to about 430,000 in 2007, though Ford's goal for the brand has been 600,000 units or more, the magazine reports.
The "last-ditch" effort to pull Volvo up in the sales charts will include a whole new range of vehicles with the V- and XC- badges, starting with a new V30, a five-door fastback wagon. The V30 will replace the S40 and V50, and should arrive in the 2010 model year, the magazine says.
Wagons, crossovers and SUVs like the upcoming X60 will play a bigger role in the brand's future--what, with Land Rover on the auction block--and fewer sedans will be planned for the Swedish company. Volvo is planning a large car to replace the S80, Autocar says, but it's also planning a city car and a small electric car.