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Volvo to add 1,300 jobs, ramp up production in Sweden

Volvo Cars is adding 1,300 new jobs and ramping up production at its factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, in response to increased consumer demand for its vehicles.

The jobs will support a third shift at the 50-year-old plant, called Torslanda. They will come online in the first quarter of 2015 as production of the XC90 crossover begins. With the addition of a new body shop, the factory will be capable of making 300,000 vehicles per year.

The additional employees will lift the headcount at Torslanda to 4,600 people. It comes as Volvo has announced a new agreement with its workers that will allow the factory to be more flexible and support the increased output. Volvo is forecasting further increases in production at the factory next year due to high levels of demand for the upcoming XC90, which launches as a 2015 model.

The expansion of the factory is part of an $11-billion investment Volvo’s Chinese owners, Geely, are making in the 87-year old Swedish brand. Geely purchased Volvo from Ford in 2010.

Volvo expects to have its best-ever sales year in 2014 and forecasts total volume of 470,000 vehicles.

For more details, scroll through Volvo’s announcement.

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/10/17/volvo-add-1300-jobs-ramp-production-sweden/
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Volvo to add 1,300 jobs, ramp up production in Sweden

Volvo Cars is adding 1,300 new jobs and ramping up production at its factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, in response to increased consumer demand for its vehicles.

The jobs will support a third shift at the 50-year-old plant, called Torslanda. They will come online in the first quarter of 2015 as production of the XC90 crossover begins. With the addition of a new body shop, the factory will be capable of making 300,000 vehicles per year.

The additional employees will lift the headcount at Torslanda to 4,600 people. It comes as Volvo has announced a new agreement with its workers that will allow the factory to be more flexible and support the increased output. Volvo is forecasting further increases in production at the factory next year due to high levels of demand for the upcoming XC90, which launches as a 2015 model.

The expansion of the factory is part of an $11-billion investment Volvo’s Chinese owners, Geely, are making in the 87-year old Swedish brand. Geely purchased Volvo from Ford in 2010.

Volvo expects to have its best-ever sales year in 2014 and forecasts total volume of 470,000 vehicles.

For more details, scroll through Volvo’s announcement.

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/10/17/volvo-add-1300-jobs-ramp-production-sweden/
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Polestar looking to tune Volvo CUVs

Volvo is getting serious about emerging from the fringes and into the mainstream of the luxury automobile market. But if it’s going to challenge the Germans, it’s going to need a performance line. And that’s just what it’s developing with Polestar.

Building on the motorsport partnership that has seen Polestar represent Volvo in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, World Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercars series, Polestar has been charged with developing road-going performance Volvos as well. It currently offers comprehensively tuned versions of the S60 and V60, as well as engine upgrades for other models, but the latest word has it that Polestar will turn its attention next to tuning Volvo crossovers like the XC60 and the new XC90, pictured above in top-spec R-Design trim.

Details on how Volvo would modify those models remain to be determined, but it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine the XC60 outfitted with similar enhancements to those offered on its sedan and wagon stablemates to mount a challenge to the Audi SQ5. As for the larger XC90, it seems Volvo is already squeezing as much out of its new 2.0-liter triple-charged inline-four as it can, but more aggressive handling, aero and brakes could stand to transform the flagship crossover in pursuit of performance utes like the Mercedes ML63 AMG and BMW X5 M, even if it couldn’t quite match their impressive horsepower outputs.

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/10/19/volvo-xc60-xc90-polestar-rumor/
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Volvo details specs for XC90 Plug-in Hybrid SUV

All Volvo wants you to know about the XC90 Plug-in Hybrid SUV set to debut later this year is that it’s powerful and clean. “Guilt-free luxury SUV ownership” is how the Swedish automaker puts it. We’re up for that.

The XC90 pairs a four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine (the new twin-charged Drive-E system) powering the front wheels with an 80-horsepower electric motor that drives the rear wheels. The tree-huggers out there will appreciate the fact that the SUV can go as far as 25 miles on electrons alone as well as the fact that the SUV’s emissions are 60 grams of CO2 per kilometer, on the European driving cycle (for comparison, the Toyota Prius Plug-In gets emits 49 g/km of CO2).

Everyone else may salute a seven-seat vehicle that delivers 400 horsepower and may or may not represent the shape of things to come for Volvo. Volvo Cars of America spokesman Dean Shaw said at the New York Auto Show in April that all of the automaker’s models might be fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain but more recently backed off on confirming that and was noncommittal about any other models getting the powertrain variant. Oh well.

http://green.autoblog.com/2014/07/18/volvo-xc90-plug-in-hybrid-specs-official/
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