DAQING, Heilongjiang – Volvo Cars began shipping its S90L sedan made at its Daqing, Heilongjiang manufacturing facility to the U.S. on April 12, the Swedish luxury carmaker said in a statement.
The shipment of more than 400 units of the top-of-the-range model will make its way onto U.S. shores in June via Tianjin Port.
The milestone comes nearly 90 years to the day after Volvo Cars rolled off its first ever vehicle – the ÖV4 – on April 14, 1927 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The S90L is the second model Volvo Cars has exported to the U.S. after it began exporting the S60 Inscription made at its Chengdu plant to the U.S. in 2015.
“The export of the S90L to the U.S. represents the beginning of its global trek with Europe including Sweden planned as additional destinations,” said Yuan Xiaolin, senior vice president of Volvo Cars Asia Pacific. “This fully proves that China has the capability to build world-class cars.”
The S90L began production late last year in Daqing based on Volvo Cars’ Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and was launched to the market on December 15. Production of the model will be completely moved from Europe to China in the future, according to a China manufacturing strategy announced last November that will see China developing into a global manufacturing and export hub servicing the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific markets.
Existing and future 60-series medium-sized SPA-based cars will be built at its plant in Chengdu, while its planned 40 series smaller cars, based on its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), will be made at a plant in Luqiao, Zhejiang Province.
Volvo Cars sold 23,335 vehicles in China in the first quarter of 2017, up 18.8 percent.