After a little more than three years since Volvo was acquired by China's Geely, it was only a matter of time before products from this marriage started to show up in the US. Although nothing seems to be written in stone, Automotive News is reporting that the US could be getting Chinese-made Volvos sooner rather than later.

In speaking with AN, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that Chinese Volvos could be exported to the US "fairly quickly," and while there was no word on any specific models being considered, the article points out that the S60 (shown above) is already being produced locally in China at a Volvo plant. Another possibility is the next-gen V40, which has reportedly received plenty of support from US Volvo dealers. Regardless of which model it is, Samuelsson doesn't seem too worried about a "Made in China" car receiving a negative reaction by US consumers, pointing to all the other Chinese products sold here.

On a global scale, AN is also reporting that Geely is working on a new subcompact platform co-developed with Volvo to compete against cars like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and VW Polo. There is no word as to whether or not this Geely-branded model would be coming to the US, but just last year, we heard that the Chinese automaker is looking to break into the US market by 2016.


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      ThatsHowIRoll
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hope Volvo backs away from this idea. The exchange rate between the Swedish krona and U.S. dollar squeezes them hard. But IMHO their long term profitability would be better served by increasing their market share with more compelling product than just reducing cost. It doesn't matter how cheap the cars are to build if nobody wants to buy 'em anyway.
      Proghog
      • 11 Months Ago
      Samuelsson is sadly mistaken if he thinks Americans will be okay with Chinese made cars. Electronics are one thing cars carry us, our family, and friends and they have to be safe and reliable. If Volvo does end up doing this as much as I like Volvo I hope the Gov taxes the **** out of the cars made in China.
      bK
      • 11 Months Ago
      Only if its cheaper than a hyundai/kia.
      AntBee
      • 11 Months Ago
      No matter how sexy that S60 is, there is no way I would buy a Chinese-made car, no matter whose name is on its backside.
      SpikedLemon
      • 11 Months Ago
      I can't be the only one questioning Volvo's premium label; adding "made in China" to it won't help.
      songtzuyu
      • 11 Months Ago
      It matters "how" it is made in China. Apple is a premium product company and almost all of their products are made in China.
        Mudotaku
        • 11 Months Ago
        @songtzuyu
        It is premium due to marketing.
          Jake
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Mudotaku
          Quiet you. Their customers don't know that.
        Hazdaz
        • 11 Months Ago
        @songtzuyu
        Apple is actually moving BACK some of their manufacturing to the US for their higher-end PCs. And when it comes to other consumer electronics, Google (who owns Motorola) is building their MotoX cell phone in the US. The tide is very, very slowly turning to bringing (some) manufacturing back to the US, not to continue to build every last think in China. Volvo is pulling a really dumb move if they think building their cars in China isn't going to turn off a whole hell of a lot of buyers.
          fran
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Hazdaz
          @icemilkcoffee: I've been using iPhones from their first gen and Mac PCs from about 10 years now and I'm very well aware to read what it says. My point with the comment simply was that the complete iPhone (or any Apple product) is not COMPLETELY "Made In China".
          Cory Stansbury
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Hazdaz
          I love my MotoX!
        rsxvue
        • 11 Months Ago
        @songtzuyu
        We're talking about 500-2500 tech gizmos versus 50K cars. I'm fine if one breaks (not really) but not the other.
      Chuck
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh great, finally a Chinese-built car for the American market! Said nobody, ever.
      Ken Mam
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why can chinese companies just simply develop their own cars without having to copy, infringe or buy another company's design? Are they that lazy to R and D their own cars?
        mikeybyte1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        Yes
        Jesus!
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        Have you seen what they make when they do it on their own? No thanks!
        skoobey
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        Because it takes time to educate engineers, designers and workers. Because most of the population is poor and can only buy products at a given price and that means bad copies of what they truly desire.
          IntoxicatedPuma
          • 11 Months Ago
          @skoobey
          Plus most people with enough money to buy a car here would rather have a used import than a new domestic. Means their industry can't get off the ground. The US benefited from being one of the early adopters of the car, any country trying to develop an industry right now has to play catchup. Even US companies copy/buy others designs and technology all the time. Look at how much Ford and Chrysler have used foreign companies in their domestic designs.
          Mr.Roadrage
          • 11 Months Ago
          @skoobey
          Puma, China doesn't allow used imports.
      Hazdaz
      • 11 Months Ago
      If Volvo does this, they will have signed their own death certificate. Its bad enough that so many parts (especially aftermarket parts) are made in China, but fully-built sedans? Yeah, that's not going to go over well at all. Volvo is already on the brink of being obsolete in this market, this move would push them over the edge.
        BakedCookies
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Exactly, Volvo is already a dying brand in the U.S. This will just seal the deal.
      b.rn
      • 11 Months Ago
      I see a couple of things happening. Chinese manufactures will use Volvo/Ford tech to improve their current products. They'll offer Volvo's (or something else) at such lower prices that people will buy them, regardless of quality. Kinda like a lot of other stuff that comes out of China.
      wave9x
      • 11 Months Ago
      I already won't buy a Volvo as it is a Chinese run company. That is probably worse than being made there by a foreign company, as the culture of cutting corners and cheaping out wherever possible will permeate the product.
        ThatsHowIRoll
        • 11 Months Ago
        @wave9x
        Volvo may be a Chinese owned company, but not Chinese run. Management decisions are still made in Sweden. Note the recent kerfuffle where chairman Li Shufu publicly leaned on Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelson about making long-wheelbase versions for the Chinese market - that kind of thing simply is not done in Chinese business culture. Chairman Li won (he is the boss, after all), but clearly Volvo management has a mind of its own and he gives them enough leash to do things their own way.
      jamesdesn
      • 11 Months Ago
      Wrong move Volvo. I will NEVER buy one.
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