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Volvo makes power play for Chinese market


Volvo will build its fully electric cars in China

Volvo plans to build its first fully electric car in China, the company has announced.

The all-new model will be based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for smaller cars and will be available for sale in 2019 and exported globally from China, Volvo says.

The decision highlights the central role China will play in Volvo’s electrified future and underlines China’s growing sophistication as a manufacturing centre for the automotive industry.

“Volvo Cars fully supports the Chinese government’s call for cleaner air as outlined in the latest five-year plan,”  said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars.

“It is fully in-line with our own core values of environmental care, quality and safety. We believe that electrification is the answer to sustainable mobility.”

The decision makes sense as China is the world’s largest sales market for electrified cars and has ambitious targets to expand sales of fully electric and hybrid cars in order to address congestion and air-quality issues in its cities.

Volvo has commited to the sale of 1 milion electrified scars – including hybrids and fully electric cars – by 2025.

It is developing a fully electric car on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) as well.

The Swedish company also plans to offer plug-in hybrid versions of every model.

Volvo has three manufacturing facilities in China: in Daqing, which makes its 90 series cars; Chengdu, which makes its 60 series cars; and Luqiao, which will make its 40 series cars.

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