Volvo Shopping For North American Partner

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From Bloomberg:

Volvo Car Corp. (175), the Swedish automaker owned by Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., is seeking a partner that can help it build vehicles in North America.

“In the medium term, five to six years, we need to find a proper solution in North America,” Volvo Chief Executive Officer Stefan Jacoby said in an interview today. “Building a plant ourselves is maybe more unlikely. I’m looking for a partner that could help us utilize a North American plant.”

Cooperation would ideally be with any carmaker that Volvo agrees to work with on sharing development costs on smaller cars, Jacoby said in the interview at an Automotive News conference in Monaco. The Gothenburg, Sweden-based carmaker is talking to a “couple” manufacturers, the German executive said, declining to name the potential partners.

Volvo, which Zhejiang Geely bought from Ford Motor Co. (F) (F) in August 2010 for $1.8 billion, has a target of almost doubling sales to 800,000 cars and sport-utility vehicles by 2020 from 449,255 deliveries in 2011. It plans to invest about $11 billion over the next several years, including construction of two car factories and an engine plant in China.

Volvo is “open to everybody” as a partner, including Fiat SpA (F), Jacoby said. The Turin, Italy-based carmaker is already active in the U.S. through the takeover of Chrysler Group LLC that’s part of Fiat Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne’s growth strategy.

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3 Comments

  • MannyZ
    June 23, 2012

    So funny to see how the ego of this Stefan Jacoby driving him to look rediculas. While Volvo was just brought back from the grave, he already think of expending and area covrage. What is wrong with this CEO?

  • Dmoore
    July 2, 2012

    He’s actually being pushed by Geely’s efforts to turn a quick buck from their Volvo purchase. He has been trying to fight Geely’s efforts to build a Volvo model to ocmpete against BMW’s 7-Series, but they finally made him concede.

  • I _ H a t e _ C h i n a
    July 3, 2012

    Volvo is tainted by Geely ownership and it will be hard to find a partner because of the fear of technology leak to Geely.

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