GENEVA -- Although the Volvo C30 hatchback has been on sale just seven months in the United States, the brand is already pitching a replacement: the 2009 XC60 crossover.
We like to describe the XC60 as the perfect choice for the C30 owner who has grown out of his or her car and is looking for a larger one with the same attitude, Volvo CEO Fredrik Arp said at the cars world debut at the Geneva auto show.
The C30 has been on sale outside North America since December 2006.
The five-passenger XC60 is the smallest crossover the automaker offers. Volvo is touting the car as the safest Volvo ever produced. Standard on all XC60s is what Volvo calls its City Safety system.
If the vehicle in front suddenly brakes and City Safety senses that a collision is likely, it will precharge the brakes to help the driver avoid the accident, said Thomas Broberg, deputy director of cars. If there is no action by the driver and the collision become imminent, the car will brake automatically.
Volvo is forecasting U.S. sales for the XC60 at 20,000 annually. U.S. sales begin in January 2009.