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September management briefing: Frankfurt review

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...

COMMENT: Volvo's US sales surge as China reverses

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 com...

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.

ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jul 2015

Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up 47% in June, while multiple European brands are also enjoying high percentage gains.

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.

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 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.

Volvo group truck sales flat in May

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

Deliveries by the Volvo Group’s truck operations in May 2015 totalled 17,475 vehicles, almost the same as in May 2014.

Volvo sells remaining Eicher holding

Graeme Roberts | 4 Jun 2015

Volvo Group said it had sold its remaining holding in listed Indian commercial vehicle maker Eicher Motors.

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.

Volvo chooses South Carolina for US$500m plant

Simon Warburton | 11 May 2015

Volvo Cars has selected South Carolina as the location for its new US$500m factory, which will have an initial annual production of around 100,000 cars.

Volvo likely to decide on India assembly in 2015

Graeme Roberts | 6 May 2015

Volvo is reportedly expected to decide in 2015 whether to start assembly of vehicles in India - or not.

Volvo starts third shift adding 1,500 new jobs

Simon Warburton | 5 May 2015

Volvo says a third shift at its Torslanda plant near Gothenburg has started, creating nearly 1,500 new jobs in the company's Western Sweden home region.

FKG lauds Iran as potential 2.5m market

Simon Warburton | 28 Apr 2015

Scandinavian supplier association, FKG, says Iran could be a 2.5m or 3m market if current draconian sanctions against the country are lifted this summer.

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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