Volvo's Polestar to launch electric performance auto later this year

Volvo Polestar

Volvo Polestar

Volvo's Polestar performance division previously dropped hints about its electrified future, but it has bigger plans: it's going to build its own electric sports vehicle. We can expect a range of high-performance electric cars from Polestar, but they just might start with an electric hatchback or a sedan.

Volvo's performance division, Polestar, is to break away from its parent company and create its own model. The framework is ready and waiting to be adapted to electric power, and it seems logical to us that Polestar would start with a mid-size auto with broad consumer appeal.

Rather than just turning Volvo's sedate saloon and estate cars into performance cars - and even making them into Nürburgring record breakers - the plan is for Polestar to have its very own sports vehicle. Does that number include Polestar cars as well? It wants to replicate what Mercedes' AMG brand has done in producing its own bespoke AMG cars as well as modified Mercedes-AMG models.

Geely also has purchased the London Taxi Company and is talking to niche sports-car maker Lotus about taking a majority stake.

The new models are said to be based off Volvo's new Volvo's Scaleable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). It has been involved with Volvo's motorsport efforts since 1996, before being bought by Volvo in 2015. Polestar revealed in an interview earlier today that they will be focusing on upgrading the performance of the XC60 and their aim is for the vehicle to compete with the segment greats. Let us know in the comments...

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