11/27/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Volvo’s Global Footprint

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If you really want to get a sense of the international existence of car companies in the 21st century, then the production of the Volvo XC40, which started last week, is an excellent example.

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If you really want to get a sense of the international existence of car companies in the 21st century, then the production of the Volvo XC40, which started last week, is an excellent example.

New Volvo XC40 - exterior

Volvo Cars, of course, which was established in 1927, is Swedish. But since 2010 it has been owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China. (And before that, from 1999 it was owned by the Ford Motor Co. of the U.S.)

The XC40, a small SUV, is being produced in the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium.

Sweden.

China.

Belgium.

And it will be sold around the world.

Pre-production of the new Volvo XC40 in the manufacturing plant in Ghent

The XC40 is based on Volvo’s new modular small car platform, which is called the “Compact Modular Architecture.” It was developed in cooperation with Geely (which produces its own vehicles, too), and will underpin a variety of new Volvos that will have the number “40” in their nomenclature.

Pre-production of the new Volvo XC40 in the manufacturing plant in Ghent

The Ghent plant has been producing Volvos since 1965. It produced the first-generation midsize XC60. It produce3s the V40, V40 Cross Country, S60, and V60.

Incidentally, Volvo has a plant in Torslanda, Sweden, two factories in China, and is building a factory in South Carolina, which is set to go into production next year.

Pre-production of the new Volvo XC40 in the manufacturing plant in Ghent

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