The S90 and some future 40 and 60-series models will be built in the home of Volvo’s parent company, Geely

Volvo S90 saloon production is to move from Europe to China, with production of future 40 and 60-series models also set to begin in the country.

Production for the range-topping S90 and the newly launched, China-focused long-wheelbase models, the S90 L and S90 Excellence will be handled in Daqing in the Heilongjiang province of northern China. Up until now the S90 has been built in Torslanda, Sweden.

Volvo, which is owned by Chinese car maker Geely, also confirmed that a large number of 60-series models, such as the S60 and its V60 estate equivalent, will be built in Chengdu, in western China’s Szechuan province.

More compact 40-series models will be built at Geely's yet to be finished plant in Luqiao, which lies 200 miles south of Shanghai. The site will also be responsible for producing models for Geely’s new LynK&Co brand, which are built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture.

Speaking today at the launch of the long-wheelbase S90 models in Shanghai, Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo, said: “With three plants – and the designation of one car line for each plant – Volvo creates an efficient production structure ensuring future capacity for growth.”

Lars Danielsson, Volvo's senior vice president for the Asia Pacific region, added: "We are leveraging our advantage of being one company [with Geely] instead of a joint venture [in China]. China is replacing the US to become the world’s biggest premium car maker with over two million this year.

"Our mission with to become the world’s most progressive automotive brand."

Volvo’s new Chinese sites will join its two European plants, one in Sweden and another in Belgium, which will continue to make certain 90-series and 60-series models. A new plant in South Carolina, USA, will eventually join the list and make 60-series models primarily for the North American market.

China is a fast-growing market for Volvo. It sold 54,496 units there in the first eight months of 2016, 10% up on the year before.

In comparison, Volvo sold close to 44,000 cars in Britain last year, but it hopes to increase that number to 60,000 by 2020.

Volvo S90 L and S90 Excellence

Two new versions of the S90 have been launched into China. The first, the S90 L, is a 120mm-longer version of the S90 saloon designed to offer more rear leg room.

The second, the S90 Excellence, is a three-seat S90 a based on the L's stretched underpinnings. It ditches the front passenger seat in order to improve front-facing visibility for the rear passenger, replacing the missing seat with a touchscreen infotainment system.

The model is designed specifically for the Chinese market, where wealthy passengers are often driven rather than driving themselves. Volvo said it could offer both the S90 L and Excellence to other markets should there be enough demand, but added that the UK was an unlikely candidate.

Geely's Brexit confidence

The chairman of Chinese car maker Geely doesn’t believe Britain’s ejection from the European Union will affect its relationship with China.

Li Shufu said he thinks the trend of growing ties between the UK and China would continue into the future, despite concerns the Brexit vote would make Britain a less attractive place for foreign investment.

“We respect the decision made by the people, and so the relations with China will continue to develop,” he said. “We have no plans to change our investment in Britain.”

Geely is a parent company to the London Taxi Company, based in Coventry. The firm has recently ramped up investment to produce low-emission vehicles such as the TX5 taxi.

“Our focus with the company remains the development of the TX5,” said Li. “Then there is the LCV, an urban electric logistics vehicle, which will serve the European market first before being exported.”

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2 November 2016
That's incredible reading. If this news were about cars manufactured in Britain all we'd be hearing now is how Brexit has caused a car manufacturer to leave the country and invest elsewhere, however as far as I'm aware Sweden is a EU member country and has no plans of leaving?

Post Brexit vote, Nissan's future is secured by the terrific announcement they're building new models in Sunderland, and all the anti Brexit mob can do is start questioning the government on what sort of backhander deal was made?

The fact every country in the world provide incentives for such investment just doesn't seem to be questioned. Do you think the Swedish government also tried to secure Geely investment? You bet they did. They'll be lots of worried folk in Torslanda and Stockholm this morning.

2 November 2016
This won't be an MG Rover style lift and shift wholesale to China, as it does make sense. China like their 4 door saloons far more than we do these days in Europe, so they'll keep larger numbers back for internal sales. We love our "SUV's" too much in Europe! The only thing that's a little strange is why production wasn't set up there in the first place. It was only launched a couple of months ago.

2 November 2016
GOJones78 wrote:

This won't be an MG Rover style lift and shift wholesale to China, as it does make sense. China like their 4 door saloons far more than we do these days in Europe, so they'll keep larger numbers back for internal sales. We love our "SUV's" too much in Europe! The only thing that's a little strange is why production wasn't set up there in the first place. It was only launched a couple of months ago.

I believe this article is misleading some readers. SOME S90 production is going to take place in China. I expect no production plant is going to be moved to China. As the S90 sales increase and the Swedish plants reach capacity with many of those extra sales being to China and the USA it makes sense to open plants in those countries just like BMW, VW, Mercedes, etc. have plants worldwide.

2 November 2016
Campervan wrote:
GOJones78 wrote:

This won't be an MG Rover style lift and shift wholesale to China, as it does make sense. China like their 4 door saloons far more than we do these days in Europe, so they'll keep larger numbers back for internal sales. We love our "SUV's" too much in Europe! The only thing that's a little strange is why production wasn't set up there in the first place. It was only launched a couple of months ago.

I believe this article is misleading some readers. SOME S90 production is going to take place in China. I expect no production plant is going to be moved to China. ....

SOME S90 Production? The article quite clearly states "saloon production is to move from Europe to China, with production of future 40 and 60-series models also set to begin in the country."

 

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2 November 2016
Was going to post on this but scotty5 has saved me the bother. This move by Geely shows that it's all about the money and national interest and demonstrates that Brexit is nothing more than a convenient excuse for any companies with a commercial interest in the UK to try and gain some sort of advantage out of it. It's a shame that the UK Govt capitulated so early on this. They should have called the manufacturers' bluff. All this talk of them leaving if they hadn't been made a promise is BS and was very likely written into the terms of the agreement between them and the Govt simply to make the Govt look good.

2 November 2016
Was going to post on this but scotty5 has saved me the bother. This move by Geely shows that it's all about the money and national interest and demonstrates that Brexit is nothing more than a convenient excuse for any companies with a commercial interest in the UK to try and gain some sort of advantage out of it. It's a shame that the UK Govt capitulated so early on this. They should have called the manufacturers' bluff. All this talk of them leaving if they hadn't been made a promise is BS and was very likely written into the terms of the agreement between them and the Govt simply to make the Govt look good.

2 November 2016
Flametrench wrote:

Was going to post on this but scotty5 has saved me the bother. This move by Geely shows that it's all about the money and national interest and demonstrates that Brexit is nothing more than a convenient excuse for any companies with a commercial interest in the UK to try and gain some sort of advantage out of it. It's a shame that the UK Govt capitulated so early on this. They should have called the manufacturers' bluff. All this talk of them leaving if they hadn't been made a promise is BS and was very likely written into the terms of the agreement between them and the Govt simply to make the Govt look good.

Absolutely. Car manufacturers have been doing with within and without the EU, and will carry on doing it regardless of who's in and who's out.

2 November 2016
Typical Brexiteers trying to make this something to do with Brexit - its NOTHING to do with it.

3 November 2016
typos1 wrote:

Typical Brexiteers trying to make this something to do with Brexit - its NOTHING to do with it.

Who's suggested Geely's decision to move some production from Sweden to China has anything to do with Brexit?

2 November 2016
the new Volvo models made in China by an, ultimately, Chinese Company, will have brochures with the word 'Swedish' 20 times a page. Just like their press releases.

 

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