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 |  Apr 19 2011, 11:15 AM

Volvo is not a company that is typically associated with bold designs, but in recent years, they have been showing a wilder, more creative side.

Continuing with their creative trend, Chinese owned Volvo has just unveiled a new concept car at the Shanghai Auto Show, called the Concept Universe.

This new take on a boxy Volvo might look like a cross between some Lincoln and Ford concept cars from the last few years, but there is a good reason for that. Volvo’s vice-president of design Peter Horbury did once run Ford’s design studios so hence the lines are quite similar. Horbury had worked for Volvo in the past also, when the company was owned by Ford. He was the man behind the original C70 coupe and convertible.

According to Volvo’s CEO Stafan Jacoby, the Concept Universe is; “a sneak preview of what people can expect from our next top-of-the-line sedan.” Could this be the replacement for the now aging S80 sedan? Only time will tell.

GALLERY: Volvo Concept Universe

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 |  Apr 15 2011, 11:00 PM

Volvo is teasing a new concept for us—but they won’t tell us what car it is, or what show it’s going to debut at. Volvo, why must you torture us so?

The “Concept Universe,” as they have dubbed it, so far consists of a short video that reveals some sketches and a fastback, four-door-coupe shape underneath a car cover. But some reports have speculated that it could represent a range-topping S90 model—a step above the current S80. Volvo’s corporate overlords Geely have expressed interest in going against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Audi A8, so this could be the opportune moment for Volvo to capture the large car market, both in China and worldwide.

The Volvo Concept Universe will either debut at the New York Auto Show on April 20th, or in Shanghai on April 19th. We will have more details as Volvo teases us some more.

Watch the video after the jump:

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