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Volvo's engine and platform independence progress

Engines are expensive items for an automaker to develop and, after sharing some powertrains with former owner Ford, Volvo, under new Chinese...

ANALYSIS: Making sense of China's sales volatility

Just as in Europe, India or the USA, looking at China as one market doesn't give you the full picture. Differences across geographical areas...

ANALYSIS: Thailand targets EVs for future growth

Tony Pugliese | 6 Jul 2015

The Thai government has identified electric vehicles (EVs) as the next growth segment for its automotive industry and looks to be in the process of developing a comprehensive strategy to attract investment in this sector.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

Graeme Roberts | 3 Jul 2015

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews from a number of events here in Olde Engerland and Europe, all the while enduring 35C 'heatwaves', rail delays due to the 'wrong kind of heat', missed plane connections and the usual summer chaos.

ANALYSIS: Future models for Volvo's new car plants

Glenn Brooks | 12 May 2015

Not too long ago, Volvo had just two plants in Sweden and one in Belgium, plus a couple of small-scale SKD operations. By 2018, the firm’s manufacturing capability will have more than doubled, thanks to new facilities in China, the US, and likely India. What will be built in all these factories?

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news for UK Auto Making

Graeme Roberts | 2 Apr 2015

There was some good news for UK Auto Manufacturing Plc this week as Honda announced that its under-used European car plant in Swindon would become the global production hub for the next generation Civic five door hatchback.

Latest Interviews

Q&A: Ulrika Pettersson, Tech Leader - Volvo XC90

Glenn Brooks | 10 Jul 2015

As head of software development for VCC's V526 project, Ulrika Pettersson manages the input of suppliers to the new XC90's advanced infotainment system. With more variants of this big SUV still to come, her role is evolving.

Q&A: Volvo XC90 chief engineer Håkan Ivarsson

Glenn Brooks | 2 Jul 2015

Volvo Cars' technical director for the 90 Cluster models opens up about the development of the XC90. Plus, what's coming for two VCC architectures: SPA for medium and large vehicles, and the smaller Geely-Volvo CMA.

Latest News

Could relaxed China child policy see minivan soar?

Graeme Roberts | 30 Nov 2015

Automakers in China are betting that Chinese families will embrace the minivan, hoping the larger, unsexy sibling of the bestselling SUV will become the next big thing just as Beijing relaxes the one-child policy.

Volvo Cars plans electric car for 2019

Dave Leggett | 15 Oct 2015

In a sign that vehicle makers may be reacting to the current uncertainties over prospects for diesel engined cars in the wake of the VW emissions scandal, Volvo Cars is putting renewed emphasis on its electrification plans. 

SKF to supply bearings to Geely

Dave Leggett | 30 Sep 2015

SKF says it will supply Geely Auto with wheel hub bearing units and MacPherson suspension bearing units for their future car lines.

Volvo and Geely open new R&D centre in Shanghai

Tony Pugliese | 17 Sep 2015

Volvo Cars, controlled by China’s Geely Automobile Holdings, inaugurated its new CNY420m (US$66m) R&D in Shanghai this week. The Volvo Car (China) R&D Centre will develop a new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) to be shared by the next generation Volvo 40 and a forthcoming Geely compact model. It will be the first platform architecture to be shared by the two brands.

Volvo and Geely sharing hatchback & SUV platform

Graeme Roberts | 1 Sep 2015

Volvo and Geely will share a new modular platform, known as CMA, to develop a new hatchback and a new SUV amongst other cars.

Volvo Cars acquires control of its China JVs

Dave Leggett | 20 Aug 2015

Volvo Cars has taken control of its three joint venture operations in China for SEK2.2bn in order, it says, to "more accurately reflect its growing presence in the world's largest car market".

Volvo Cars reports H1 profit up 71%

Dave Leggett | 19 Aug 2015

Volvo Car Group, a subsidiary of Geely, has reported an operating profit of SEK1,660m for the first half of 2015, compared to SEK968m for the same period in 2014.

Geely defies China slowdown with strong July

Dave Leggett | 11 Aug 2015

Geely Automobile has announced that the total sales volume of the group for the month of July was 29,578 units, an increase of approximately 47% over the same period in 2014, but was down approximately 11% from June.

Geely to invest in renewable methanol firm

Dave Leggett | 7 Jul 2015

Zhejiang Geely (Geely Group) has announced plans to invest a total of US$45.5m in Carbon Recycling International (CRI), an Iceland-based company that specialises in the production of renewable methanol fuel.

Geely domestic sales increase 25% in May

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Geely Automobile said May sales in China rose 25% year on year to 38,395 units though exports plunged 34% to 4,164 cars.

London coming back on motor show circuit

Chris Wright | 28 May 2015

London is to return to the motor show circuit next year with an open air event in Battersea Park, next to the River Thames, run by a privately owned events organisation.

Volvo China plant starts US exports

Chris Wright | 26 May 2015

Volvo's Chinese plant in the south western city of Chengdu has completed its first luxury sedan made for the US market.

Chinese brands have failed to catch on in Brazil

Fernando Calmon | 26 May 2015

Against the background of an overvalued Brazilian real and an expanding market (for nearly a decade), the Chinese automakers' strategy for selling cars and light commercial vehicles here has been to offer well equipped models with no available additional options.

Geely deploys methanol-fuelled taxi fleet in Guiya

Dave Leggett | 21 May 2015

In late April, Geely Auto deployed a fleet of methanol-fuelled taxis in the southern Chinese city of Guiyang in cooperation with the municipal government.

Volvo finds Chinese balancer shaft source

Graeme Roberts | 23 Apr 2015

Volvo Car Corporation and Mitec-Jebsen Automotive Systems (Dalian) have partnered to make the balance shaft for the automaker's new GEA3 engine. Production starts in 2016.

Plastic Omnium expects to double China revenue

Graeme Roberts | 21 Apr 2015

Plastic Omnium announced its latest developments in China at the Shanghai motor show including four new plants.

Harman unveils GAC Fiat infotainment deal

Simon Warburton | 21 Apr 2015

Harman says that it has finalised a multi-year agreement with GAC Fiat to supply several new vehicle models with its integrated infotainment systems.

Volvo UK dealer network getting a makeover

Chris Wright | 16 Apr 2015

Geely owned Volvo Car UK is to set new dealer standards for its distribution network and introduce two new initiatives aimed at removing some of the perceived barriers between customers while improving trust, service and overall impressions of the brand.

Geely to spend GBP250m on new London Taxi site

Graeme Roberts | 31 Mar 2015

Geely will spend GBP250m (US$370.8m) to build a new research, development and assembly facility for the London taxi as the group prepares for the introduction of the next generation London 'black cab'.

Volvo Cars to build US factory

Graeme Roberts | 30 Mar 2015

Geely owned Volvo Cars said on Monday (30 March) it would build a factory in the US, "fulfilling its ambition to be a truly global car maker" and spending around US$500m to underscore "its long term commitment to the US market".

Carl-Peter Forster leads London black cabs company

Dave Leggett | 25 Mar 2015

The London Taxi Company (LTC) which produces the iconic London black cab has announced that Carl-Peter Forster has been appointed as chairman of its board.

Geely forms JV with Xindayang to manufacture EVs

Graeme Roberts | 21 Jan 2015

Geely has formed a joint venture with Xindayang for the production of electric cars. The Zhejiang-based automaker has invested CNY1bn (US$161m) in the JV.

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