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The Volvo V40 will be officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

The S60 and V60 showed that Volvo is putting some real effort into creating cars that are sexier and more dynamic and now the Swedish carmaker is focusing its efforts on the compact premium segment.

Beneath the cover in this official teaser image is Volvo's all-new V40, and though the sheet will only come off to reveal all at the Geneva Motor Show next March, we can see its basic shape and bold, S60-like grille.

Said to be replacing the C30, S40 and V50, the V40 wagon-hatch will have to be a lot of things to a lot of people but its upright shape should make for a practical interior.

It's expected to compete head-on with the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3 and Lexus CT 200h.

No official word on the engine options as yet, but it will almost certainly pack in Volvo's latest range of downsized petrol and diesel engines as seen in the S60 and V60, and perhaps a smaller engine or two as well.


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Kevin, wrote

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02:59pm on 24 December 2011
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I have owned numerous vehicles over the years, including Audi, Mercedes, and Volvo. Resale values are low on all, even on Mercs, and when the time comes to sell, all dealers will have some excuse why your particular vehicle's trade in value is low. According to the local Merc agents, when I tried to sell my 2005 C220CDI in 2007," I was diplomatically told that C Class Mercs are like Corrollas; theres plenty used, so you cant expect to much! My 2001 S40 T4 has been the best vehicle I have ever owned.

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09:47am on 21 December 2011
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MercDriver, not every Tom, Dick, Harry and Sipho wants to drive a Mercedes (or a BMW or an Audi for that matter) and sales figures are not the be all and end all of deciding which car is the best. There is something like understated quality and personal taste as well..

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Anonymous, wrote

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08:53pm on 20 December 2011
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Get your info correct Stefan Jacob said it was not replacing the C30 in his interview...

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MercDriver, wrote

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04:44pm on 20 December 2011
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Wat a waste, em sure they'll sell 200 units within 3 years, Merc iz the way

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MiCa, wrote

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12:52pm on 20 December 2011
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You should all form the Volvo crybaby club.

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henry bopekhouer, wrote

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05:19pm on 19 December 2011
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unbeleivable... i have owned the S40 before now i own a brand new S60... its a drive to heaven... i just love it....

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Pat, wrote

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04:23pm on 19 December 2011
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I bought a 2005 XC 90 for R 91 k six months ago with 130 000 on the clock. Lovely car. And I've owned 3 and 5 series BMs in the past including a 540i. The Volvo really is a pleasure but is pricey to maintain. Apparently the agents suck in SA which is sad. I don't use agents, I go to Swedish Auto and they've been good so far. Underrated vehicles. If I was in the market and had the money, I'd buy the new S60. What a looker.

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03:38pm on 19 December 2011
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Resale value can be relative, depending on the condition of the car, milage, service history, etc. I sold my 2008 S60 at 96% of its retail value (not trade-in value!) through a private sale. Needless to say, I drive a brand new S60 T5 and I would not want it any other way. :)

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02:12pm on 19 December 2011
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Resale value is low because we think the Germans make better cars. Thus, second-hand Volvos find it difficult to sell or have any value on trade-in. I drive a 2002 Volvo S40 T4 and a 2010 Mercedes benz C220 CDI. Believe it or not, I feel more comfortable in the Volvo which hugs the road. During this rainy season, I'd rather see myself in the Volvo than the Merc. Of course, it's dated and doesn't have the modern-day gadgets found in the Merc.

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Brad, wrote

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12:04pm on 19 December 2011
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Untill i die - say VOLVO

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Bulldog, wrote

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11:45am on 19 December 2011
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A highly underated car maker.....go for it Volvo..

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:38am on 19 December 2011
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And? Importance of thi article

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The Oracle, wrote

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11:31am on 19 December 2011
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Can't wait! Volvo is quality!Stil can't understand why their resale value is so low?

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