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Volvo expects SUVs to account for a massive percentage of its global sales after it adds yet another model to the range, below the XC40 compact crossover.

“With the addition of a smaller SUV it will probably be higher [SUV share],” said Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson in an interview with Autonews Europe. “Maybe it will be three-quarters SUVs in the future.”

While he didn’t specify any time frame for when SUV shares would hit 75%, we can already tell you that through the first 11 months of 2020, SUVs accounted for 71% of all Volvo sales – up from 63% during the same period last year.

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The carmaker’s best-selling model this year has been the XC60 crossover, with 169,445 units making their way into the hands of new customers.

“There is a clear trend toward small premium SUVs. It is a very successful segment,” said the Volvo chief executive.

The new model, which according to Samuelsson will wear the XC-badge, will be fully electric and will ride on the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) developed alongside Geely.

“To really have the right cost structure on that we have to share the architecture,” he said. “We have a possibility to have a really competitive car in that size, also when it comes to profitability.”

Even though the Swedish brand has yet to specify when this new SUV will go on sale, we know that Lynk & CO will launch its own SEA-based model (a production version of the Zero Concept), sometime next year.

Volvo is aiming to launch one electric vehicle each year, starting with the XC40 Recharge – the latter will actually share its underpinnings with the next-year’s fully electric debut.

“For Volvo to be profitable we need to focus on higher price, more premium car segments. For customers who want lower priced cars we will recommend that they have a look at Lynk & CO. They will position their cars slightly under us.”

As for the possibility of adding a larger SUV than the XC90, the Volvo boss had this to say: “If we do that, we need to do it in a sustainable way. We need to make sure such a vehicle will be optimized for electrification. I think what will happen in the future is that SUVs will need to be more aerodynamic.”


Ford’s 2021 F-150 full size pickup is set to arrive in dealerships nationwide this week, with initial sales having already occurred in the Midwest. According to Ford, the number of retail orders placed is at an all-time high.

The F-150, part of Ford’s F-Series pickups, has been America’s best-selling vehicle 38 years in a row, while the F-Series stands as the nation’s best-selling pickup for the 43rd straight year.

Novelties for 2021 include best-in-class available towing and available payload capacity, as well as the only full hybrid powertrain available in a pickup – with 430 HP plus the ability to function as a mobile generator with Pro Power Onboard (up to 7.2 kW of electrical output available).

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“Customer sold orders are up over 210 percent from a year ago November, and dealer orders for stock are more than double the current production schedule,” said Ford marketing and sales VP, Mark LaNeve. “It’s apparent that this F-150 is something that our customers both want and need.”

The all-new F-150 also comes with an available Interior Work Surface and an available Tailgate Work Surface. Furthermore, every model in the range is equipped with Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking as standard, while the available Active Drive Assist Prep Kit for hands-free highway driving is expected to arrive next fall.

Dealers are thrilled about the new model too, with Tim Hovic, owner own San Tan Ford in Phoenix stating: “I’ve been selling Fords for 28 years, and I’ve never seen my staff this excited about a vehicle launch. The F-150 is the gold standard of trucks.”

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Mini has just unveiled a limited-run variant of the Countryman dubbed the Boardwalk. The British car manufacturer says it “is as equipped for the challenges of everyday life as it is for spontaneous excursions beyond the city limits and adventures on unpaved terrain.”

Adorning the exterior of the car is a Deep Laguna metallic paint scheme with black across the wheel arches, front bumper, side skirts, wing mirrors, roof, and 19-inch wheels. The name refers to the promenades of traditional seaside resorts in the UK. With this in mind, the Mini Countryman Boardwalk includes a unique model badge inspired by the wooden beams traditionally laid horizontally and diagonally along these promenades.

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In the cabin, there are Boardwalk logos on the side sills and dashboard to give the car a unique touch. Various options from lesser Countryman models are also included, including the Interior Pack and Mini Excitement Pack that includes mood lighting, illuminated handles and external logo projections on the mirrors. There is also a digital gauge cluster and an 8.8-inch display, Apple CarPlay, real-time traffic information and various app-based services as part of the Navigation Pack.

Standard equipment also include the Mini Yours Leather and Comfort Plus Pack that bring heated seats, floor mats, park assist, front parking sensors and front and rear-view cameras.

The Mini Countryman Boardwalk is available with either a three-cylinder petrol engine producing 136 hp or a four-cylinder petrol with 178 hp.

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