Canadian Manufacturing

Volvo to build first U.S. car plant

Possible locations for the $500 million plant have yet to be disclosed



DETROIT—Volvo Cars is planning to build an assembly plant in the U.S.

The $500 million plant will be Volvo’s first car plant in North America.

The Swedish automaker says it has a short list of possible locations, but didn’t reveal them March 30. Spokesman Russell Datz says Volvo will announce the location in about a month.

Volvo has been owned by Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd. since 2010. It currently has two plants in Europe and two in China.

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said the decision to open a U.S. plant highlights Volvo’s long-term commitment to the U.S. market. The brand hopes to almost double its U.S. sales to 100,000 over the next few years.

Datz says the new plant will also reduce shipping costs and insulate Volvo from currency fluctuations.

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