Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Car Corp. told the Automotive News World Congress that Chinese built Volvos will be exported “fairly quickly” to the U.S. market. Samuelsson wouldn’t say exactly when but he did say that because of Volvo’s Chinese ownership the company is in a unique position to use China as an export base. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group purchased Volvo from Ford Motor Co. in 2010.
“It will happen fairly quickly in the Volvo group, but it has to be a process that you discuss with your dealers and sales group,” Samuelsson told Automotive News. ”We are the only ones who can think of using the factories for export, which we will be doing.”
Pointing to smartphones as an example of sophisticated consumer products that come from Chinese factories, Samuelsson said he doesn’t expect consumers to react negatively to the idea of a Volvo produced in China.