Volvo vehicles being built in China will be exported to the U.S. “fairly quickly,” according to Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson.
The Swedish automaker is now owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and will be using the country as a manufacturing and export base in the future. Samuelsson believes that a decision will be made fairly quickly in the Volvo group about when exports will begin from China to the U.S., though it will be discussed with Volvo’s dealers before hand.
Samuelsson remains optimistic that American consumers will be accepting of vehicles built in China, stating that American consumers are accustomed to products from China such as smartphones.
Volvo is continuing to work on autonomous driving technologies and will launch a joint test with the Swedish government in 2017. Samuelsson believes that driving will never be 100-percent autonomous however, but hopes to take out “the really boring parts,” such as sitting in traffic or cruising on the freeway.
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