Volvo, like all vehicle manufacturers, goes to great lengths to keep all-new models under wraps - but there comes a time when the legal department must lodge trademark applications.
Following Volvo’s traditional nomenclature, it seems likely the V20 and V30 will be compact cars as the Swedish giant desperately needs to join this growing and volume-boosting segment.
The US trademark applications for the V-models are light on details but the Swedish media is sufficiently confident to speculate they’re both compacts and one of them will be an electric vehicle.
The reports indicate Volvo’s ‘P’ applications in Europe are for “Vehicles and conveyances; Electric vehicles”.
This is a new nomenclature series for Volvo - the plug-in hybrid XC90 is called the T8 - so presumably the P-designation will follow a similar numerical convention.
Last year Volvo revealed its 40 Series concept cars, the 40.1 crossover and the 40.2 sedan which debuted the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) destined for future small cars, shared with Volvo's parent company, Geely.
Volvo announced both the CMA and larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), as used under the S90 and XC90, platforms were designed for electric drivelines, it would have two electric cars on-sale by 2019 and that 10 per-cent of its production will be for electric vehicles by 2020.
Along with the technical details of the CMA chassis, Vovlo revealed plans to offer its small car range with a T5 plug-in hybrid pairing a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, driving the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.