The city is crowded in Santa Ana. Navigating traffic, finding space to park, and not spending a fortune in fuel are all challenges that make smaller cars appealing. In Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo has at last unveiled its plans for competing in the compact segment.

Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) was the name of the hour. Two concepts showed off the potential of CMA, a small crossover SUV, and a liftback sedan. Both were bold, youthful, and completely different from any Volvo model we have seen before, while somehow maintaining the brand's distinctive design language.

This new modular architecture accommodates many different sized batteries, so engineers can go beyond conventional gasoline powertrains, and easily expand Volvo's hybrid and battery-electric offerings.

Is a new Volvo 40 Series vehicle the perfect car for Santa Ana drivers who love Volvo safety, but want something a little more compact? Volvo has not released any new details about the 40 Series concepts since their debut, so we can't be sure when the production versions will go on sale in the U.S., or if they will even be marketed here. However, we encourage interested drivers to contact Volvo of Orange County for more news as it becomes available.

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