When asked to compare the challenge of launching Volvo’s first CMA car with the arrival of the XC90, which debuted the automaker’s scalable product architecture (SPA) and started the company’s revival under Chinese owners Zhejiang Geely Holding, Pilo said there are some similarities. “You have all the challenges of SPA but it is a smaller package, which creates additional pressure,” said Pilo, who was recognized by Automotive News Europe last year as one of the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. “For example, we want people to sit as comfortably in the XC40 as they do in the bigger cars.”
On the plus side, she said the experience gained from developing the XC90 and XC60 has saved Volvo a large amount of time and money. That made it possible for the automaker to get its entry SUV production ready in the same year it has debuted the new generation of its best-selling XC60.