Volvo is well-known for its focus on safety, but do you know where the company originated and where it currently builds its vehicles?
In this post, we will provide a brief background on the origins and history of Volvo, where it was first incorporated and where it builds its cars, crossovers and wagons today.
Like many other automakers, Volvo is an international corporation, so it builds vehicles in a variety of places for many different markets. For simplicity, this post will focus on the Volvo plants that serve the North American market.
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Volvo became an officially incorporated company in 1927 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was initially a subsidiary of Swedish ball bearing manufacturer SKF. It was formed when two friends, engineer Gustav Larson and industrialist Assar Gabrielsson, decided to put their minds together and create a new car company. Larson was tasked with engineering the first Volvo automobile, the OV 4, while Gabrielsson helped fund the project and owned the company. The first Volvo OV 4 rolled off the automaker’s production line in 1927.
Today, Chinese automotive giant Geely owns Volvo. It has also morphed the company’s Polestar performance sub-brand into a separate electric vehicle brand and is currently building the first Polestar factory in China. Despite this, the majority of Volvo’s employees are still located in Sweden, and the company still has headquarters and some manufacturing there.
Volvo has numerous plants all over the world serving different markets. These are the Volvo plants that serve the North American market, however.
Volvo Cars Torslanda – Torslanda, Sweden
Volvo Cars Gent – Gent, Belgium
Daqing Volvo Car Manufacturing – Daqing, China
Volvo South Carolina Factory – Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA
Polestar Plant (under construction) – Chengdu, China
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