Mass Production Begins at Volvo's First American Car Factory
RIDGEVILLE, SC - September 19, 2018: Volvo Cars production of the all-new S60 mid-size luxury sedan at the company’s first American manufacturing site in Ridgeville, South Carolina is underway. The 2019 S60 is the first Volvo car to be built in the USA. The first cars will arrive at American Volvo retailers later this year. Global distribution will begin in spring 2019.
“We’re proud to launch Volvo’s first American-made car,” said Jeff Moore, Vice President, Manufacturing, Americas. “Our team is dedicated to delivering the exceptional craftsmanship, Scandinavian design and dynamic feel that defines the Volvo brand.”
The South Carolina site encompasses 2.3 million square feet on 1,600 acres and includes a body shop, paint shop, final assembly facility, vehicle processing center, office building and soon, Volvo Cars University. Construction on the site started in 2015.
In 2021, the South Carolina facility will build the next generation XC90 luxury SUV.. With the two car lines, the plant will be able to produce up to 150,000 cars annually.