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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...

TWTW: VW admits size isn’t everything

Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by provision made for co...

September management briefing: Frankfurt review

Glenn Brooks | 23 Sep 2015

In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA motor show.

COMMENT: Volvo's US sales surge as China reverses

Glenn Brooks | 1 Sep 2015

Volvo Cars has finally seen its plans for a return to strong growth in the US realised. An 18% YoY rise in August to 5,870 registrations compares to a 10% drop in China to 5,574. A strong order bank for the new XC90 is one of the main reasons for the return to form in what had for decades been the brand's best global market.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volvo S60 & V60 Cross Country

Glenn Brooks | 20 Aug 2015

In releasing the new S60 Cross Country, Volvo thinks there might just be a niche for an extended ground clearance D segment sedan. And, the company is hedging its bets, by also launching the V60 Cross Country estate.

ANALYSIS: Making sense of China's sales volatility

Glenn Brooks | 28 Jul 2015

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 are one reason why some models are suddenly hugely popular, while others are fading rapidly.

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

Volvo Cars develops kangaroo detection technology

Dave Leggett | 30 Oct 2015

Volvo Cars is developing kangaroo detection technology to solve one of the most costly causes of traffic collisions in Australia.

Leax Group eyes Iran as sanctions poised to lift

Simon Warburton | 16 Oct 2015

Swedish mechanical components and sub-systems manufacturer, Leax Group is eyeing Iran for potential major new business following its recent visit to the country organised by Scandinavian automotive supplier association, FKG.

Volvo mulling union set-up for new US plant

Simon Warburton | 16 Oct 2015

Volvo says it is currently evaluating how union representation will work in practice at its new plant in South Carolina.

FKG slams VW scandal as "destructive"

Simon Warburton | 16 Oct 2015

Scandinavian automotive supplier body, FKG has launched a withering condemnation of Volkswagen's emissions scandal, branding it "destructive" for the industry.

"Chaotic" VW different in five years: SKF CEO

Simon Warburton | 16 Oct 2015

Roller-bearing manufacturer, SKF says while the immediate crisis engulfing Volkswagen will eventually dissipate, the scandal could deeply affect the way the automaker undertakes its business in the future.

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. 

SWEDEN: Volvo S60 a victim of XC90's success

Glenn Brooks | 13 Oct 2015

A spokesman for Volvo Cars has confirmed to just-auto that production of the S60 has just ended at Torslanda. The D segment sedan has for some years been made at both Ghent and the suburban Gothenburg facility but all production outside China is now in Belgium.

Volvo Cars reveals user interface for self-drivers

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 2015

Volvo Cars has revealed what it claimes is one of the industry's most advanced and easy-to-use interfaces to oversee how drivers will transfer control to a car's autonomous driving (AD) mode in forthcoming cars.

Volvo, Autoliv collaborate on autonomous driving

Graeme Roberts | 1 Oct 2015

Volvo Cars and Autoliv have agreed to work together on the "ground-breaking" Drive Me project, claimed to be the world's first large-scale autonomous driving (AD) initiative.

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.

Polestar to operate independently within Volvo Car

Graeme Roberts | 15 Sep 2015

Polestar will operate as "a dynamic and independent enterprise under Volvo Cars' ownership, according to the automaker's president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson. Polestar will have its own management team and will control its own product strategy, research and development, as well as marketing and sales, Samuelsson added.

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.

NEVS inks synergy deal with Dongfeng

Simon Warburton | 17 Aug 2015

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) and Dongfeng (DFM) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to achieve what they refer to as global industrial synergies.

Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

Bill Cawthon | 4 Aug 2015

Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.

ARRB to test driverless cars this November

Simon Warburton | 4 Aug 2015

Driverless cars will be tested on Australian roads for the first time in November this year says the country's national independent road research agency, ARRB Group.

Magna to buy Getrag for US$1.9bn

Simon Warburton | 16 Jul 2015

Magna says it has inked an agreement to acquire automotive transmissions supplier, Getrag Group in a deal worth EUR1.75bn (US$1.9bn).

New Volvo hybrid gets UK government grant

Graeme Roberts | 16 Jul 2015

Volvo’s first petrol plug-in hybrid, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine, has qualified for the UK Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) scheme from the Office of Low Emissions (OLEV).

Volvo sells component plant to Amtek Group

Simon Warburton | 7 Jul 2015

Volvo Cars today says it has sold its component plant in Floby, Sweden, to Amtek Group, a global manufacturer of automotive parts.

SUVs continue driving US sales growth

Bill Cawthon | 2 Jul 2015

June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.

Volvo Group opens US$70m distribution centre

Graeme Roberts | 1 Jul 2015

Volvo Group has opened a new 1m sq ft central distribution centre (CDC) in Byhalia, Mississippi.

Latest blogs

Let the touch screen size war begin

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

With the UK media launch of Volvo's XC90 on this week, a lot of readers are going to be hearing about the car's very intuitive, iPad-like screen I've already complimented.

Watch Volvo's next XC90 get rolled, and rolled

Glenn Brooks | 28 Nov 2014

We all remember that video of the outgoing XC90 being rolled SEVEN times and no crushing of the roof. To me, it's been the gold standard of safe cars ever since.

Company research

AB Volvo (VOLV B) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

AB Volvo (VOLV B) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Re

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AB Volvo (Sweden)

AB Volvo (Sweden)

This report presents quick facts about AB Volvo, which is principally involved in the Manufacture and Distribution of Trucks, Buses and Construction Equipment....

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Medium & Heavy Trucks in the United Kingdom

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Medium & Heavy Trucks in the United Kingdom industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2009-13, and fore...

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