The SUV, or urban 4×4, Volvo XC40 has been named European Car of the Year. A first in the history of the Swedish brand, on the eve of the opening to the press of the 88th edition of the show of the Geneva car. This Volvo has been manufactured in Ghent since last November.
The car of the year 2018 was chosen by a jury of 60 specialized journalists.
“ It’s a recognition (…) I think it’ll help us ,” said Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars, at the Geneva Motor Show. He pointed out that the Swedish “ premium “ brand , owned by the Chinese manufacturer Geely since 2010, won for “ the first time ” this prize awarded once a year since 1964.
The Volvo XC40 succeeds the Peugeot 3008, which was last year the first SUV to win this trophy coveted by manufacturers. The new Volvo model was ahead of six other finalists: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW 5 Series, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger and Seat Ibiza.
This new victory of a SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) underlines the dominance of these models in Europe and in the world, where they represent a third of the sales, after years of growth superior to the market.
The car of the year 2018 was chosen by a jury of 60 specialized journalists from 23 European countries