It has been an interesting couple of days for the Indian Automotive Industry. While General Motors has decided to take an exit from the Indian market due to lack of demand, Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced plans of localisation in order to cater to its increasing customer base.
Talking about Volvo’s plans of expansion in the Indian market, Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars said, “I am pleased that as of this year we will be able to start selling Volvos that are Made in India,”. “Starting vehicle assembly in India is an important step for Volvo Cars as we aim to grow our sales in this fast-growing market and double our market share in the premium segment in coming years.”
“We are delighted to announce the commencement of an assembly unit,” said Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India. “It’s a sign of the company’s strong commitment to India.”
The plant and the assembly will be set up near Bengaluru and will mainly be producing SPA (Volvo’s vehicle architecture) based vehicles and Volvo’s premium XC90 is expected to roll of the floors as the first vehicle.
The main production plans for Volvo internationally are located in Sweden, Belgium, Chengdu and Daqing in China. The Engine blocks are mostly built in Sweden and China. Once Volvo starts production in India, the prices are expected to go down considerably which will make them even more competitive in the Indian market.
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