STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo is entering a busy period as it completes the launch of the all-new ’16 XC90 fullsize CUV and sets out to design and develop eight new models scheduled to debut by 2019.

All of the planned new models will be based on two new Volvo-developed platforms: the Scalable Product Architecture and Compact Modular Architecture, the latter jointly created with Chinese parent Zhejiang Geely.

CMA is expected to underpin new versions or replacements of the C30 and V40, among other models, while SPA will be used for larger vehicles, such as a new S80 flagship sedan, expected to be named the S90.

Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo vice president-product planning, doesn’t disclose the launch cadence for the new vehicles, but says the decision to rollout the XC90 CUV first makes sense, even though it is the most expensive vehicle in the Volvo lineup.

“The XC90 is 13 years old and it is such an icon for Volvo. The only reason we didn’t do it before is because there was no platform from (former parent) Ford,” he tells journalists at the XC90’s unveiling here. “It’s always dangerous from an economic perspective to start with the most expensive car for development, but we managed.”

Kerssemakers says Volvo expects the XC90 to sell about 80,000 units annually in its first full year. The new CUV will go on sale in the U.S. in April. The automaker offered an initial run of 1,927 special-edition XC90s online, selling out in 47 hours. The number of units was chosen to commemorate the year the Swedish automaker was founded.

Some of the smaller vehicles based on the CMA currently are in the works and will be ready before 2019. Geely also will derive vehicles from CMA, Kerssemakers says.

“They want to do certain things and we need to do certain things, and it’s good for the volumes,” he says. “Volvo has never made a C-car on its own. We used to do it with Mitsubishi and then with Ford.”

Kerssemakers says Volvo was unable to update its C-segment products because of an agreement with Ford about use of its platforms.

The Ford-derived C-car architecture is “a good platform, but part of the deal when Ford sold us was that the V40 would be the last car we were going to use the platform, which is OK,” he says.