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Polestar Is Building Its Own High-Performance Electric Cars And The First One Arrives This Year

Completely out of the blue, Volvo's performance wing Polestar has been promoted to 'actual car maker' by parent company Geely, with a view to turning it into a Swedish version of AMG... only without the noise

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Polestar Is Building Its Own High-Performance Electric Cars And The First One Arrives This Year - News

Volvo’s partner-in-speed Polestar is branching out into a new range of performance EVs, according to a new report, and the first one is just months away.

Auto Express has written that Volvo’s parent company, Geely, wants to use the Polestar name and the technical expertise behind it to build a brand that will, they hope, become an electric equivalent of what AMG is to Mercedes. Talk about jumping in at the deep end…

Polestar cars will use Volvo’s Scaleable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which form the basis of the latest XC60 and the range of 90-series models. It’s likely that they will be made in the same plants, too.

Polestar Is Building Its Own High-Performance Electric Cars And The First One Arrives This Year - News

We don’t know anything about the Swedish AMG’s first car yet, or when exactly to expect it. Our money is on a new mid-sized hatchback or saloon based on the XC60’s platform, a chassis that will ultimately also go to the next V60. 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 car with broad consumer appeal.

Geely seems to be loving the Polestar brand, because on top of making it a manufacturer in its own right, it’s set to become the global face of the Chinese firm’s collective motorsport efforts, the magazine says. It’s also set to stay right where it is, in Gothenburg, Sweden. All the better to coordinate with Volvo, after all.