In case you don’t know it, Volvo is owned by Geely. And Geely, as you probably do know, is Chinese. The Chinese love manufacturing things which is why most future Volvo vehicles will be built in China. Today Volvo Cars announced a plan to turn their China operations into a ‘global manufacturing and export hub’ to service the US, Europe and Asia Pacific markets.
The new top-of-the-range S90 sedan, for example, will be made exclusively at its plant in Daqing, Heilongjiang province, in Northern China. Existing and future 60-series cars will be built at its plant in Chengdu, Szechuan province, in Western China, while its planned 40-series cars will be made at a plant that is currently being built (below) in Luqiao, 350km south of Shanghai.
The firm will continue operating its two European factories (one in Sweden the other Belgium) but the bulk of their turnover will stem from The People’s Republic. So there you have it. Volvo: designed in the West and made in the East. Just like your new Apple iPhone 7. – Thomas Falkiner