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June 20, 2018

Volvo Cars’ first US plant officially opens

Volvo Cars new manufacturing plant in South Carolina USA
Our brand new manufacturing plant near the vibrant US city of Charleston has officially opened – expanding our global manufacturing footprint and establishing Volvo as a truly global car manufacturer. Today we inaugurated our new manufacturing plant near Charleston, the oldest and largest city in the USA’s east-coast state of South Carolina. Charleston is a popular tourist region with great seafood, historical architecture and a vibrant culture that celebrates music, theatre and festivals. Charleston has three times been voted ‘America’s Most Friendly City’ by prominent travel magazines and, in that spirit, the locals are embracing their new Swedish neighbour.

The establishment of our first production facility in the USA follows our global manufacturing strategy, ‘Build where you sell.’ The new factory complements our two manufacturing plants and an engine plant in Europe, three car factories and an engine plant in China, and assembly plants in India and Malaysia.

The new Charleston plant starts producing our new S60 later this year and will supply the US domestic market and international exports. From 2021, the next generation XC90 premium SUV will also be built at the factory.

“The Charleston plant establishes the US as our third home market,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “The sedan segment and the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform’s proven ability to boost profitability offer significant growth opportunities for Volvo Cars in the US and globally.”  

We have committed to investing around USD 1.1 billion in our US manufacturing operations and we will create a total of around 4,000 new jobs at the South Carolina site in the coming years. 
“The opening of our first American factory is a very big deal,” said Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car USA. “Our US business is developing well, our cars have won prestigious awards, and the new South Carolina facility will be a big asset to both Volvo Cars and the community.”