US Volvo dealers to get third of total XC90 annual production

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 4, 2014

Volvo's dealerships in the United States are bound to get a third of the 80,000 XC90 units produced annually. According to Volvo Cars chief executive Hakan Samuelsson, the carmaker will start selling the 2016 XC90 in the US in April, with shipments to dealers there being prioritized. He remarked that that the vehicle is very important for the US since it is the market for a big seven-seater.

The new XC90 underscores Volvo's target to move upscale in status and pricing -- offering new styling, ample room for seven people, new safety technologies, more fuel-efficient engines and a more premium interior. The midsize crossover also marks the first vehicle developed by Volvo under the wings of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Samuelsson is expecting the XC90 to boost Volvo’s sales performance in the US to 100,000 units. Volvo just sold 61,233 vehicles in the US in 2013 and has dropped 11 percent in the first seven months of 2014 to 34,224 units. The decline in the sales of the current XC90 in the US has been attributed to its age – it is considered as one of the oldest models in the crossover segment.

So far this year, Volvo sold 3,031 XC90s in the US after selling 6,845 units in 2013. The redesigned XC90 -- all-wheel-drive version -- will arrive in the US with a price of $49,825, including shipping.

The XC90 – to be powered by a new 316-hp Drive-E turbo and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – comes with 19-inch wheels, a power laminated panoramic sunroof, navigation and advanced connectivity. Volvo will also introduce a front-wheel-drive version later.

The new XC90 is the first vehicle underpinned by Volvo's scalable platform that will also underpin all models except a new generation of subcompacts being developed with Geely.

Peter Mertens, Volvo's product development head, remarked that the platform allows for more interior space while providing the "comfort of a much smaller and lower car."

He disclosed that the new XC90 is around 275 lbs lighter than the current version and around 440 lbs lighter than most rivals. Volvo will commence producing the new XC90 at its Gothenburg site in Sweden, in January 2015.

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