Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, is updating its business model to a changing world and believes the car industry as a whole needs do to the same, its president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson will announce today at the bi-annual meeting of the UN Global Compact Nordic Network in Gothenburg.
Since 1965 Volvo Car Corporation assembles cars in Ghent, Belgium. Initially Volvo Cars Gent had only a Trim and Final department, but since 1972 a welding plant and a body shop were added.Production of: Volvo C30, S40, V50, S60 and V70. (Volvo V70 is also produced at Volvo Cars Torslanda).
A systematic drive for green electricity is the latest measure adopted by Volvo Cars on its path to reach a climate-neutral production in Europe. The company now relies solely on hydropower from the electricity suppliers for its facilities in Sweden and Belgium.
The production of the new model Volvo XC60 will start in Volvo Cars Gent during 2008. Volvo Cars Gent is one of the largest employers in the Belgian province Oost-Vlaanderen (Eastern Flanders).Output 2007: 240,192* Volvo cars. The distribution is sedans (Volvo S60 and S40): 39 %, estates (Volvo V70, V50): 39 %, Volvo C30: 22%.
With the Volvo XC60 Volvo Car Corporation is stepping boldly into the growing crossover segment. At the other end of the range it is offering the C30, S40 and V50 1.6D DRIVe with best in class consumption and lowest CO2 emission levels. Both the XC60 and the DRIVe cars have successfully entered the mass production stage in Volvo Cars' Ghent plant during the last weeks.
President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China and First Lady Mme Peng Liyuan, joined by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, visited the Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) facilities in Ghent, Belgium today. Attending the President's and the King and Queen’s visit were, among others, Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO of Volvo Cars, and Volvo Cars Chairman of the Board Li Shufu.
Two of the largest companies in the Nordic region, Volvo Car Group, the global car company, and Stora Enso, the global paper products group, have joined forces to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo's plant in Belgium by over 40 per cent, underlining both companies long term commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.