Volvo has confirmed that China will eventually become the exclusive hub for production of its S90 sedan.
That means all S90s sold in the United States will eventually be sourced from China instead of Sweden where the sedans are currently sourced from.
“China will play an increasingly important part in our global manufacturing ambitions,” Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement. “Our factories [in China] will deliver world class products for export across the globe in coming years, contributing to our objective of selling up to 800,000 cars a year by 2020.”
Artist's impression of Volvo's plannned plant in Luqiao, China
Volvo, whose parent company is Chinese automaker Geely, will eventually have three plants in China, one each for the respective 40-, 60- and 90-series models. The 90-series models will be built at a plant in Daqing, the 60-series models at a plant in Chengdu, and the 40-series models at a plant in Luqiao. The Luqiao plant will also be used by Geely’s new brand Lynk & Co.
Volvo’s existing plant in Sweden will continue to manufacture the 90-series models excluding the S90, along with some 60-series models. And the automaker’s plant in Belgium will focus on 40-series models. Volvo is also planning a plant in South Carolina that will initially focus on 60-series models for local sale as well as export.
Building the S90 exclusively in China makes sense for Volvo as the country, where sedans still sell in significant numbers, is where most S90s are expected to be sold. And there haven’t been any issues regarding quality with the S60 Inscription that Volvo currently sources from China for sale in the U.S.