Volvo Readying Chinese Made S60L For North America

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Canada may have already received its first mass-produced Chinese car in the form of the outgoing Honda Fit. Now, it’s America’s turn.

According to Automotive News, Volvo will introduced the Chinese-made S60L, a long-wheelbase version of the S60, sometime in 2015. The S60L will replace the slow-selling S80. The main change will be a 3.2 inch extension to the S60’s wheelbase. Like the S80, the car will be similarly low volume, though it will function as a gauge of the overall quality and level of acceptance that consumers will have for Chinese cars.

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  • Threeer Threeer on Sep 02, 2014

    Never in my garage, but sadly...most people buying this will care not a whiff where it is made. As most have already alluded to, place of manufacture is largely irrelevant. Not that Volvo was ever American made to begin with...heck I am having issues considering a new Mustang with the Chinese-made transmission. Prefer a manual, but do my best to limit how much Chinese goods enter my household. It is a personal choice, so to each his own, I suppose...

  • Sceptic Sceptic on Sep 02, 2014

    I have no problem with Volvo's from China as long as the country of assembly and sources of parts are clearly indicated per federal standard. And the product is priced accordingly. If Swedish production vehicle was $40K then this new Chinese model should sell for $20K. It worked for Walmart et al, and it will work for the auto industry. In about 10 years the way things are going we should expect a flood of cheap cars from Asia Pacific(China, Thailand etc)

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    • Sceptic Sceptic on Sep 03, 2014

      @hreardon I agree with everything you say. Especially considering that in the mind of American consumer Volvo = Swedish. Let's see how well this latest move will work for them.

  • Paul W Paul W on Sep 03, 2014

    Isn't/wasn't Volvo's biggest manufacturing plant i Belgium anyway?

  • Stumpaster Stumpaster on Sep 03, 2014

    Damn, now they have to change all the badges to Vorvo.