‘Growth’ seems to the positive word at Volvo, as the Swedish brand continues to grow strongly in the Chinese market. Despite relying nearly entire on imports at the moment Volvo sold 36,127 vehicles in China with sales increasing by 50%.

Sales of models such as the XC60 and V40 hatchback have helped push Volvo sales along considerably over the past…

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In this interesting expose on the culture differences between Volvo and its mother company Geely, it seems that the two companies are treading on different paths with Geely hoping for Volvo to go more upmarket to rival the likes of Audi, BMW and Jaguar whilst Volvo are looking for more down to earth designs that resonate with a wider audience rather…

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Volvo saw its sales increase by 65% in August in the Chinese market thanks to highly popular models such as the XC60 SUV and the recently launched V40 hatchback.

Whilst the percent figure is still relatively high it should be noted that Volvo’s sales in August were still just 4,319 cars in the month of August. A far cry from other luxury rivals…

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Volvo has a strong reputation for safety, and Geely has a well known reputation for low cost cars – the two are not working together to develop cars to take on the North American markets with a new low cost vehicle that features the pricing of a Geely with the safety of a Volvo.

Geely CEO Mr Gui Shengyue told Western news media that Geely and Volvo…

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Volvo’s sales have continued to climb in July 2013 with the Chinese owned Swedish company posting a sales increase of 61.6% over the same period in 2012. Volvo’s July sales reached 4,640 units, a large increase on July 2012′s 2,872 figure.

In the first seven months of 2013, Volvo has sold 33,342 vehicles in the Chinese market, a marked increase…

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The first Volvo S60L’s have reportedly rolled down the production line in Chengdu according to Chinese media reports. Chinese media are quoting Geely Volvo Chairman Li Shu Fu who told press over the weekend that the first Chinese made Volvo’s are currently coming down production lines at Volvo’s facility in Chengdu.

The first Geely made Volvo, the…

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In 2010 Geely acquired Volvo, and then in 2012 the government announced it would buy more locally made cars rather than Audis. It was largely thought that Volvo, as a Chinese owned company, would get a major leg up in the 2012 sales market, but the opposite has happened, sales fell.

Ford established its joint venture with Chang’an Automobile…

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After buying Volvo, Geely have their sights set on another company: Aston Martin. According to reports originating from auto.sohu.com, Geely have already been deep in talks with Aston Martin regarding a potential buyout of the company.

Aston Martin was sold to Ford in 1987 and was then sold onto a Kuwaiti company, Investment Dar Inc, for 925 million…

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Expect major updates from tomorrow onwards.

What we’ve seen so far:

  • Very sweaty people – Why did the organizers choose not to turn on the AC on the first day? So many sweaty executives, PR people and journalists.
  • Taxi drivers complaining its cold – It’s 25 degrees in Guangzhou. Hot for the swarms of media that came in from…
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The new joint venture between Chang-an Auto and Citroen (CAPSA) is quite possibly one of the more exciting ones in China, rather than producing the usual three box sedans that Chinese consumers were once so fond of, CAPSA are eager to bring in their flagship DS5.

The DS5 is already sold in China but the DS dealer network is spotty at best, the DS3,…

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Cadillac is far from catching up the likes of Audi and BMW in the Chinese market, but they might grow their current market share in the next few years if they play their cards right. According to a Reuters report filed yesterday, Cadillac just isn’t cool with Chinese consumers due to the use of sharp angular designs on show which goes against Chinese…

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The China Festival of Speed promised so much, at least on paper. A few tell tale signs that the event wouldn’t be up to expectations came via their official website, parts of it were still under construction come opening curtain time but the organizers were active on Chinese social media circles, busily promoting the event to super car clubs, car clubs,…

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Volvo is Swedish? Volvo is Chinese? The Chinese government cant make up its mind, the same for Taiwanese Yulong motors who recently set up a joint venture with Dongfeng, surely if Taiwan is forever an inseparable part of China then Taiwanese auto companies do not need to set up a JV in the mainland Chinese market, the government thinks otherwise.

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From Reuters:

Swedish car maker Volvo, owned by Chinese group Geely, said it was on track to meet its long-term goal of boosting sales more than four-fold in China after reporting a fall in 2011 earnings due to costs related to its expansion.

Volvo was bought by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd from Ford Motor Co in 2010. It plans…

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Jeremy Lin, the Taiwanese basketball sensation is apparently talking about flogging cars on behalf of Volvo. The ‘Linsation’ rose to fame earlier this year and his fame is showing no signs of slowing down, especially as the original Chinese Giant, Yao Ming, took to studying books rather than slamming dunks last year due to a bad ankle.

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One of the major sticking points for Geely’s take over of Volvo was a technology transfer, technically Volvo’s IPR is largely Ford’s IPR, but it seems that Geely, Volvo, and Ford have come to an agreement regarding the sharing of technology. Geely are planning to build an entirely new brand based around older Volvo technology, much in the same way that…

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It was initially reported that Volvo would be able to enter the Chinese market with its own production facilities as an independent company owing to its Chinese ownership at the hands of Geely, however according to our information the Chinese government still regards Volvo as a foreign company and requires it to have a partner prior to setting up a…

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It seems Geely Group’s chairman Li Shufu has not put on the agenda the question how Volvo brand will benefit or back feed Geely brand after the group acquired the European luxury brand more than one year ago.

Geely hoped Volvo could drive up the brand image of Geely through the acquisition. However, it seems their “chemical reaction”…

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Via Reuters:

China’s Geely Automobile said on Monday its first-half net profit jumped 17 percent from a year ago, boosted by higher sales but warned that demand will slow in the next six months.

Net profit for January-June rose to 937.6 million yuan ($146 million), from 804.8 million yuan a year earlier, the auto maker said in a statement…

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The SC6 SUV was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April last year in concept form, however this particular model is practically heading down the production lines at Great Wall’s Bao Ding plant after our most recent visit to their factory. The SC6 has been sent to the Chinese patent office ahead of official production runs later this year which…

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Volvo announced that its China sales increased by an amazing 79% in the first six months of 2011, the Chinese owned company posted sales of 21,028 vehicles over the course of the first half of 2011. Although the sales figures remain small compared to its targeted rivals of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, the Swedish brand has major plans to boost sales to 200,000…

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Volvo is expected to unveil its business strategy in China for the next five years on the afternoon of February 25, and the company’s local production plan is undoubtedly the core content of the strategy.

Volvo’s production site has been a hot topic for a long time. Dongguan, Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, Daqing, Shanghai and Shijiazhuang all became…

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