Volvo Exec Confirms S60 and S80 Facelifts for 2013, New XC90 Coming in late 2014

The press days of the 2012 Mondial de l’Automobile in Pars are long gone, but the first major car show of the fall season continues to provide us with news on future models. Speaking to Autonews Europe on the sidelines of the show last week, Doug Speck, global head of marketing and sales for Volvo Car, said that the Swedish automaker plans a “major refresh” for two of its sedans. These include the mid-size S60 that was only just presented in 2010, and the larger S80 that has been in production since 2006 having been modestly updated in 2010. The facelifted versions of the S60 and S80 sedans will be presented next year and will be followed by a completely new version of the XC90 mid-size luxury crossover in the second part of 2014. The current XC90 was launched in 2002 and is the oldest model in Volvo’s range. It’s replacement will be the first Volvo to use the new Scalable Platform Architecture. Last year, Volvo had released some preliminary designs proposals for the next XC90, which you can check out in more detail in the gallery below. Speck added that the company’s plans also include new versions of the S60 and S80 sedans “over time”, without elaborating further on the matter. As far as sales are concerned, the Volvo executive told Autonews that the automaker is still on track to boost annual worldwide deliveries to at least 800,000 vehicles by 2020, and that the U.S. “is strategically the most important” market for the company.
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