Volvo Cars has started production of the Volvo XC60 at its Chengdu plant in China. Volvo’s Chengdu plant which is located in the Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone, has an annual production capacity of 120,000 cars. The XC60, which crossed the 500,000 unit mark in global sales this year, is one of the best-selling Volvos globally and in China.
The XC60 is the second car to be produced in the Chengdu plant after the S60L, the long wheelbase variant of S60. Volvo has provided all the details about the China-spec XC60 in the press release below.
Volvo Cars starts XC60 production in China
Volvo Cars has started production of its bestselling XC60 crossover at its plant in Chengdu, expanding its production in China on the back of strong sales growth.
The Volvo XC60 is the second model to be produced in Chengdu after the plant started production of the Volvo S60L long wheel base sedan in November 2013.
Adding the XC60 to the Chengdu production line also means that the plant will add 500 new manufacturing jobs, bringing the total headcount in the plant to around 2,650 employees. A new working time system will secure the required increase in output.
The XC60 is the best-selling Volvo model globally and in China.
Globally, XC60 sales have increased 20.4 per cent to 98,309 cars in the first nine months of 2014, while sales in China are up 32.3 per cent to 24,940 cars over the same period. Earlier this year, the XC60 passed the 500,000 cars sold mark since it was launched in 2008.
“The start of XC60 production in Chengdu is the latest milestone in Volvo Cars’ transformation,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars. “It will be instrumental in boosting Volvo’s overall growth in what is now our largest market.”
The Chengdu plant is located in the Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone in central China. Annual production capacity of the plant is 120,000 cars.
Volvo Cars also has a plant in Daqing, northeast China, where assembly has started of the Volvo XC Classic, a locally-built variant of the first-generation Volvo XC90 for the Chinese market.