Brooklyn Bob or 4DriversOnly and CarsCarsCars! fame, writes today about an article over at AutoWeek, discussing a possible new Volvo mini van. Mini Vans have been around for over 20 years now, and many companies didn't make the jump into that market for various reasons. Volvo was mostly imune because of their strong reputation and capable station wagons. Even SUVs lured many into that market, Volvo trying to avoid the jump with their V70XC, but finally giving in with their excelent S80 based XC90 crossover SUV. They are even pumping up the V40 a little to create the XC50 pictured here.
So AutoWeek speculates that Volvo may take advantage of the Ford family relationship and bring out their own mini van based on Galaxy or S-Max platform. A few years ago, I would have said no way, Volvo would never do this. But today, after even Mercedes has joined the mini van tribe (Oh excuse me "Grand Sport Tourer") with it's new R class, I'm not so sure Volvo can avoid it. They could do worse than an S-Max or Galaxy base, at least it's not the FreeStar.