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A Year Before it Opens, Volvo Set to Double Size of New Charleston Plant

Will start with S60; second model to be announced "soon."

by on Sep.20, 2017

The new Volvo XC60 is anchoring parent Geely's ambitious global expansion plans.

The first car isn’t scheduled to roll down the assembly line at Volvo’s new Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant for another year, but the automaker already appears to be optimistic enough to plan for a second, $1 billion line.

The plant will become Volvo’s first assembly plant in the U.S., and will combine its capacity with two new facilities that have already opened in China. The Charleston facility originally was designed with just one line, and was expected to produce about 140,000 vehicles annually – relatively small by modern automotive standards. Sources indicate that will be boosted to more than 200,000 with the addition of a second line.

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“The factory is extremely important for Volvo,” Lex Kerssemakers, the CEO of Volvo North America, told TheDetroitBureau.com during an interview last month. Among other things, he said, when the original investment was announced “it sent a signal” to both consumers and dealers that Volvo was making a serious commitment to the U.S. market.

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Best of Geneva: The 10 Top Intros to Check Out

A Swiss fondue full of intriguing new concept and production models.

by on Mar.10, 2017

The Aston Martin Valkyrie takes the British brand into a new realm of performance and is among the top 10 "must see" vehicles in Geneva.

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show media days are over and it’s time for the motor buying public to start streaming into the big PALExpo convention center. But what should they be looking at?

With a doubled-up news conference schedule, more than 75 new and updated cars and crossovers made their debut in the City by the Lake. (Notice we left out trucks, as they have no measurable presence in Europe.)

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Trying to decide which are our favorites is no easy feat considering the raw numbers and the wide range of product segments they represent. But after a fair bit of debate, here are the 10 (well, actually, 11) that really moved the needle for us during our visit to Geneva. (more…)

Deja Vu All Over Again: the 2018 Volvo XC60

The next wave of Swedish metal hits the street.

by on Mar.09, 2017

At a glance, the new XC60 is almost indistinguishable from its bigger sibling, the XC90.

Plenty of folks visiting this year’s Geneva Motor Show are likely to get a sense of déjà vu when they swing by the Volvo stand. No surprise: at first blush, one could readily confuse the all-new Volvo XC60 with the maker’s only slightly older XC90.

And that’s not a bad thing, considering the design of the bigger crossover remains fresh and, since the two models share the same, flexible SPA architecture, we’re expecting the Volvo XC60 will also boast many of the same dynamic attributes that helped the XC90 win honors as North American Truck of the Year in 2016.

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Smaller, yes, but still, from first blush, more than roomy enough for five passengers. And it has many of the XC90’s most important features – which for Volvo buyers, starts with an assortment of the latest safety technology. Meanwhile, the new XC60 will be easier on the pocketbook, with the price expected to start at around $40,000 once it reaches U.S. showrooms later this year. (more…)

Volvo Stepping Up Pace of Product Makeover

"We strongly believe in electrification."

by on Mar.09, 2017

The new Volvo XC60 making its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

With the roll-out of its premium line-up complete, Volvo is now moving on to higher-volume mainstream models, such as the new XC60 utility vehicle making its debut this week at the Geneva Motor Show.

Buoyed by strong sales of the crossover, sedan and wagon versions of its 90-Series, Volvo officials are betting the brand has finally regained some much-needed momentum, and are betting on an assortment of upcoming products to keep that going, including the even smaller 40-Series that will start rolling out at the end of 2017.

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All three product families will be critical to the Swedish brand’s long-term future, and to the continuing support of Chinese parent Geely, which purchased Volvo from Ford Motor Co. in 2010. Geely has placed an $11 billion bet on Volvo, an investment that includes not only two new plants in China, but also another in the U.S. that will come on line during the second half of 2018.

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City Safety Scores Again

Accident-prevention technology winning awards, possibly insurance discounts.

by on Feb.05, 2009

I See You: Volvo's City Safety system at work

I See You: Volvo's City Safety system at work

Have you ever been involved in a collision when driving in the city? If not, you undoubtedly know someone who was. The surveys suggest more than 75 percent of all accidents occur at speeds below 18 mph, usually on city streets.

No wonder Volvo got a lot of attention when it introduced City Safety, a driver assistance system that prevents, or at least reduces the severity of, lower speeds crashes. Here in the U.S., the technology will become standard on all versions of the new XC60 crossover, which we reviewed, earlier in the week.

City Safety is already piling up the awards. It netted the ‘Traffic Safety Achievement Award,’ presented during the World Traffic Safety Symposium, in New York, last month, and February sees the Swedes garnering the prestigious Paul-Pietsch award.

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First Drive: Volvo XC60

Forget the box.

by on Feb.03, 2009

2010 Volvo XC60: where's the box?

2010 Volvo XC60: where's the box?

Let’s play a game of word association. We’ll say the name of a brand, and you respond with the first word that comes into your head. Ready? Volvo…

If you said “boxy,” you’re not alone. That’s the classic shape most of us have grown up knowing. And it’s why a lot of people are likely to be confused by the pictures they’re seeing of the new Volvo XC60. It’s a sleek and sexy crossover that’s about as far as you can imagine from the staid Swedish wagons we’ve seen on the road in years past. Maybe that’s why Volvo designers decided to bolt an oversized brand badge on the grille.

Will diehards may be a bit disappointed by this dynamic new look, Volvo is betting on the XC60 to draw in a whole host of new buyers who’d normally drive past the company’s showrooms. And if our first drive of the new crossover is any indication, they just might be able to grab some of the folks who’d normally opt for more passionate brands, like BMW, with its compact X5, Audi, with the new Q5, Acura, with its RDX, or Volkswagen, with the oddly-named Tiguan.

The big grille, with that oversized Volvo logo, is flanked by a pair of upright daytime running lights, and sweeping headlamps that roll off into the fenders. The broad shoulders are familiar touches, found on a number of recent Volvo production models and concept vehicles, but the XC60 adds a cinched and sexy waistline. The roof is almost coupe-like, though it still provides a reasonable amount of headroom for rear seat passengers. The rear view might be the most familiar angle, distinctly Volvo with those broad shoulders and narrowed rear hatch.

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Q&A: Volvo CEO Doug Speck

New products, and maybe new owners?

by on Feb.02, 2009

No, Volvo's not going to the dogs

No, Volvo's not going to the dogs

These are uncertain times, in the auto industry. And nowhere is that more obvious than at Volvo. The Swedish automaker could soon go on the auction block, a victim of the financial crunch facing its American parent, Ford Motor Co.

Even if Ford opts to keep Volvo in the corporate family, the smaller maker is in the midst of some major changes. Its headquarters operation is moving from California to New Jersey, barely eight years after it left the East Coast to begin with. On the more positive side, Volvo Cars North America is getting ready to launch the most significant new product it has offered in several years, the XC60 crossover.

What else is in store? TheDetroitBureau.com spent time with Doug Speck, the 26-year Ford veteran who was named VCNA’s new CEO, barely a year ago, and pressed him on a variety of topics ranging from the possible sale to safety to the possibility of setting up an assembly operation in the U.S.

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