• Dec 30, 2010
2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD – Click above for high-res image gallery

When the dust settles on 2010, Volvo anticipates global sales of about 380,000 units. That's probably less than Volvo executives (and the new owners at Zhejiang Geely) were hoping for, but a global slump in auto sales is at least partly to blame. Fortunately, many industry analysts are expecting increased demand for autos in 2011, and Volvo apparently feels that the growing appetite for new vehicles will result in more customers at the local Volvo dealer.

Bloomberg reports that the Swedish automaker is hiring an additional 200 workers to increase capacity at the company's Gothenburg plant. The move will help Volvo increase production from 48 vehicles per hour to 52. That doesn't sound like a huge bump, but over the course of 365, days four vehicles per hour adds up to thousands of additional vehicles. Volvo will reportedly begin hiring soon, with hopes of filling all 200 positions by March.




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[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or does it seem odd to buy a car known for safety from China the country that Brought you poison toys, drywall and pet food. A country that cares nothing about safety.
      Before you all go nuts telling me all the stuff manufactured in china I'll point out that those are foreign companies manufacturing in china. Would you want your daughter driving a Chinese volvo? Not Me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your iphone, ipod touch is china made by Foxconn. You might and will find bad chinese products because everything is made there. :)
        I'm sure Geely knows they just bought the "safest" car brand and they know what kind of image China got here in Europe or North America. They invested 100 million to safety center over in Sweden just this year and now have seemed to hire 200 people more to swedish Volvo factory. Sounds promising to me.

        The only fact is that the money is over there(China) and they are ready to invest heavily.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^ You do realize China is number 1 car market in the world and on pace to number car manufacturer as well (will over take Japan). Shanghai where Geely is stationed is the automotive capital of the world (pretty much every major automaker in the world has a office there).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford hater. (Matt in disguise?)
      • 4 Years Ago
      increased sales is a great thing for any automaker these days, creating more jobs, no matter how few, is a move in the right direction, so I'm happy for Volvo.

      on the styling, my main insterest, lol, from the angle in the main photo, I can't help but see a great resemblance to the Buick Regal in the roofline. I sort of long for the square Volvos of the past. I think if they had brought the shape of the 940 for instance, into the 21st century, working with the aero to bring it up to current standards, they'd have a much more visible product, one that was truer to Volvo's roots and one that might appeal to a wider audience. I'm not sure the cookie-cutter Euro look works to everyone's advantage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volvo should thrive under a new management which has better understanding of Volvo the brand unlike Ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        was that a joke/sarcasm or are you serious?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why they launch that poo-poo color is not understandable for me... Otherwise, it's a good contender for the semiluxury niche named Volvo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK, adding 2 per hour is a significant increase, but remember, European vacations and labor laws will dampen the actual annual total increase. If this were in North America, say affecting a line that assembles Focii or Camrys (Camrii?)the increase in annual units would be much greater.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enough on this ugly duckling!

      Volvo has always run on its own path, with or without success, but always on its own playing field.

      This car has been promoted and force-fed to the public in every car magazine for months.

      From everything read, but not yet tested, it's a follower, a step behind, and is only, with no legitimacy, backed by a superb marketing campaign.

      Enjoy today's Mercury want-to-be. Sorry, Mercury is gone, isn't it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      New ownership drove me away but would have reconsidered giving it a chance had the V60 wagon made it's way to the U.S., was just what I was looking for and have yet to find... too bad if it doesn't make it here...
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the New Jersey plates on these cars?
      • 4 Years Ago
      expectations now a days could be a dangerous term.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How I wish I had the funds for the new V60 wagon. So awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too bad Volvo has seen to it that we don't get the hot wagons here in the States. :-(
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