Volvo, the Swedish car brand, today announced that the SUV XC90 SUV will be the second vehicle to be produced at the plant it is building in the US town of Charleston.
The plant, which is located in South Carolina, will begin producing in the fall of next year its first model, the S60 saloon.
Volvo explained that the production of the XC90 will begin in 2021 and will create 1,900 additional jobs to the 2,000 that are now being hired to start production of the assembly plant.
The addition of the XC90 to the assembly plant means that Volvo’s total investment in South Carolina will amount to $ 1.1 billion.
The Charleston assembly plant, which will have a production capacity of 150,000 units per year, is Volvo’s first in the United States.
Volvo chairman and CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement that “the Charleston plant will serve both international and US markets and provides a solid foundation for our future growth in the United States and around the world.”
The XC90 is the largest-selling Volvo vehicle in the United States and is currently produced at the Swedish Torslanda plant. Last year, Volvo sold almost 83,000 vehicles in the United States.
The US group Ford sold in 2010 Volvo to the Chinese firm Geely, which controls it today.