Volvo Auto India has revealed plans to start local assembly of its cars. Volvo Local Assembly in India operations will be located near Bangalore where Volvo also manufactures trucks and buses. The first local assembled product will roll out this year itself. For now, Volvo will produce the XC90 SUV locally. More models will join the lineup later. The biggest advantage of local assembly is that it will enable the Swedish manufacturer to bring down the asking price.
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“I am pleased that as of this year we will be able to start selling Volvos that are Made in India,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “Starting vehicle assembly in India is an important step for Volvo Cars as we aim to grow our sales in this fast-growing market and double our market share in the luxury segment in coming years.”
Volvo will make use of its existing facility near Bangalore that is responsible for the production of trucks, buses, construction equipment and Penta engines. Volvo local assembly in India will focus on models based on Volvo’s SPA modular vehicle architecture. Which means models like the S90 and the upcoming XC60 could become a part of Volvo’s ‘Make in India’ plans.
“We are delighted to announce the commencement of local assembly unit,” said Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India. “It’s a sign of the company’s strong commitment in India. Backed by a robust sales growth, expanding network and an array of new product launches the local assembly will provide us an impetus to garner a sizeable segment share in the medium to long term. Each locally assembled Volvo Car will have same International standards as anywhere else in the world. With our continued efforts we are sure to build a strong foundation for our business in India.”
Volvo says the major driving force behind the commencement of local assembly is the strong growth they have witnessed over the years. Volvo in India has had a 32% growth in sales in the past 2 years. In 2017, they plan to achieve sales of 2000 cars. Expect a reduction in the price of the XC90 once the first locally assembled model rolls out this year.
Volvo Cars in India
|Rs. 35.15-43.26 lakh
|Volvo S60 Cross Country
|Rs. 40.65 lakh
|Volvo S60 Polestar
|Rs. 52.5 lakh
|Rs. 26.54-29.6 lakh
|Volvo V40 Cross Country
|Rs. 28.35-34.54 lakh
|Rs. 47.71-56.13 lakh
|Rs. 71.97-83.9 lakh
|Volvo XC90 T8 PlugIn Hybrid
|Rs. 1.27 Crore
|Rs. 54.5 lakh
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