Wednesday 23rd May 2012
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Swedish car manufacturer Volvo is to reveal its new V40 hatchback at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th, it has announced.

But ahead of the official unveiling, the car maker has released a few details of the new model, which is likely to be a major new player in the family premium hatchback market, rivalling the likes of the VW Golf, Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.

The launch of the vehicle could also see a number of Volvo spare parts coming onto the market, with the manufacturer incorporating a variety of new technologies and components into the design of its latest car.

"Charged with an outstanding set of high-tech features it definitely will give our toughest competitors a headache," commented Stefan Jacoby, president and chief executive of Volvo Car Corporation.

Safety features heavily in the design of the new V40 and the vehicle will include Volvo's Pedestrian Detection system, which automatically stops the car if someone steps out in front of it while driving.

It also features a world-first in the form of a pedestrian airbag, a lane-keeping aid with haptic auto steering and a new park assist function which Volvo claims makes parallel parking easy.

"The all-new V40 is the most intelligent and safe Volvo model so far," added Hakan Abrahamsson, vehicle line director and V40 vehicle programme manager.

The manufacturer has promised a wide range of engine choices will be available with the car, including a diesel version with CO2 emissions of just 94 g/km and a turbocharged T5 petrol engine capable of producing 254Bhp and propelling the car from 0 to 62mph in just 6.7 seconds.

Volvo is hoping to shift 90,000 new V40s per year after it goes on sale later this year, with 85 per cent of sales earmarked for the European market.