Volvo Presents New S90 Excellence, Moves S90 Production From Sweden To China

Volvo has stepped up its game following the unveiling of two luxurious variants of the S90 sedan for the Chinese market, while also announcing that it will move production of the series from Sweden to China and export the sedan to markets around the world, including the US and Europe.

According to president and chief executive of Volvo Car Group, Håkan Samuelsson, “China will play an increasingly important part in our global manufacturing ambitions. Our factories here will deliver world-class products for export across the globe in coming years, contributing to our objective of selling up to 800,000 cars a year by 2020.”

In addition, the company confirmed that the current and next generation 60 series models, including the S60 and its V60 estate variant, alongside the new 40 series cars, will also be built in China, without, however, saying if it will export these China-made models to other countries around the globe.

At the upcoming 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show, Volvo will show two new S90s. The first is simply the local version of the ‘standard’ S90, and will hit the production line in Daqing, China later this month, while the new S90 Excellence, looks set to become the Swedish firm’s most luxurious vehicle produced to date.

Most notably, the S90 Excellence comes fitted with the brand’s Lounge Console, a feature previewed by a concept last year, but had yet to reach production. As with the concept, the Lounge Console of the S90 Excellence sits in place of the front passenger seat and aims to offer supreme levels of comfort and luxury to the rear passenger.

It incorporates a large compartment where items can be stored, such as shoes, and also incorporates an adjustable footrest and built-in entertainment system with a large display. There’s also a built-in refrigeration compartment and handmade crystal glasses sourced from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors.

Alongside the Lounge Console, the S90 Excellence also includes a panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled cup holders and foldout worktables.

Power for the S90 Excellence will come thanks to the brand’s T8 Twin Engine, a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 316 hp twincharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder driving the front wheels with an 86 hp powering the rear. The standard S90 for China will be available with this setup alongside the T4 and T5 petrol engines.

Both models include a semi-autonomous driving assistance system that operates at up to 130 km/h as well as a ‘Large Animal Detection’ system. There’s also a ‘CleanZone’ air quality system in both, four-zone air conditioning system and an infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Local prices have yet to be released.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    I called it. How long until no Volvos come from Sweden.

    • Exactly. All that will be left is ‘designed in Sweden’

      • Dennis James

        Well, Apple is “designed in Cupertino, California” and made in China, and their products are top notch.

    • KF

      A very, very long time if ever.

  • O123

    Buy a s90 quickly. Why pay the same price for one made in China

    • Dennis James

      Because you also pay a lot for China-made Apple products too ?

  • Mark S

    I will never consider a vehicle made in China. China is a communist, human rights abusing nation that manipulates world currency. It is also one of the worlds most un-ecologically friendly nations. I will not support them with major purchases. Am I 100% China free? No! That is probably impossible! What I can do is avoid driving around a communist billboard!

    • Vassilis

      It doesn’t matter where a car is built. What matter are the standards it’s built to.

      • Mark S

        It matters to me and many people in the USA. China is a communist, human rights abusing nation that manipulates world currency. It is also one of the worlds most un-ecologically friendly nations. I will not support them with major purchases. Am I 100% China free? No! That is probably impossible! What I can do is avoid driving around a communist billboard!

        • Vassilis

          Interesting. Do you have the same insight about the US?

      • BGM

        Right, that’s why a VW made in Mexico is the same as one made in Germany…

        • Mark S

          They are not, And Mexico is not a Communist country.

        • Vassilis

          What makes you so sure the standards are the same?

          • BGM

            That is the thing. They should be the same. And yet I know the finished products aren’t. I don’t have enough insight to know why a VW made in Puebla isn’t as good as one made in Wolfsburg but they aren’t.

          • Vassilis

            Because the standards aren’t the same for some reason. Maybe it’s deliberate so VW can make more money or sell the cars cheaper.

    • why?

      • Mark S

        China is a communist, human rights abusing nation that manipulates world currency. I will not support them with major purchases. I am 100% China free? No! That is probably impossible! What I can do is avoid driving around a communist billboard!

    • Big Black Duck

      i feel the same way about the US…

      • Mark S

        You could I guess but the two are not comparable.

        • Big Black Duck

          well its similar when comparing Sweden to the US… the US is similarly backward in that sense

          • Mark S

            Not at all similar.

  • TheBelltower

    So since the material value of products and the labor required to produce them are worth essentially nothing in China, can we assume the price of the S90 will also drop to $2500? Perhaps a little more for those who want the “Evil Dictator” rear seat package.

    • RDS Alphard

      The price probably wouldn’t drop , because US & EU could slap big import taxes to cars that is import to their country/continent … kinda like how Japanese are making cars in EU & US soil to make the car cheaper .

      • TheBelltower

        I was being cheeky. I fully expect the prices to be roughly what the competition charges for cars built by 1st world labor. I don’t consider Chinese products to be equal to anything built in the US or Japan. I’m sure we’ll hear about Volvo drivers going into toxic shock from materials used for the interiors.

        • RDS Alphard

          > I don’t consider Chinese products to be equal to anything built in the US or Japan.

          I’m not sure about cars , but electronic wise , I had been using made-in-China electronics for years , they are rather good … well , for now .

  • Craig

    I will not buy a Chinese made car. And I don’t care how good it is.

    • why not?

      • Craig

        Because far too many things are already, ‘Made in China’. One of the reasons I bought the car I own now is because it’s made in Canada. [Which is where I live]

    • Mark S

      China is a communist, human rights abusing nation that manipulates world currency. It is also one of the worlds most un-ecologically friendly nations. I will not support them with major purchases. Am I 100% China free? No! That is probably impossible! What I can do is avoid driving around a communist billboard!

  • Chester Kaufman

    A shot on the feet.

  • TheHake

    Really sad news. F*ck Volvo for this decision.

  • RDS Alphard

    *Apple products made in China*
    “OMG THIS IS BRILLIANT !”

    *a car that is made in China*
    “I WILL NEVER BUY ONE !”

    • Apple is not owned by the Chinese, its just manufactured there overseen by apple at the highest standards available

      • KF

        Exactly as will Volvo…with the highest possible standard. Compromising on quality is not an option.

        • The thing is they are owned now by the Chinese and we all know what the Chinese are known for

    • Six_Tymes

      but do you own an iphone?

      • antbee

        He was making a point for, not against, the move. It’s a tired old argument, but people continue to use it, forgetting that Apple doesn’t make multi-tonne moving vehicles, that can kill people.

  • Nick

    Mercedes, Audi, and BMW produce high quality vehicles in China so why wouldn’t Volvo? They are owned by Geely after all. The largest market for the S90 will probably be China, so it makes sense to avoid import duties. Of course it’s your choice to not buy any Chinese made products, but then you’d also have to give up your fancy smartphones, sneakers, jeans, etc. More and more automotive and battery suppliers are producing in China, so even your Swedish, German, or Japanese built cars are becoming more and more Chinese.

    • Chinese ownership ha! no thanks..

  • CFK

    That moment when old Volvos become expensive because they don´t fall apart.

  • Six_Tymes

    not sure if this is a good move, does this mean in a few years no more production in Sweden? who’s genius idea is that?

  • salamOOn

    (After 4-cyl motors only is) Moving production to China an another great step to kill this brand! Great job!

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    what happens in a front end collision , do you get hit in the head with a computer monitor, in the throat with a keyboard ,and to top it all your shoes fly out at you, Volvo’s famous safety redefined!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • KF

      Safety will never be compromised!

  • KF

    The XC90 and V90 is selling really well and they can hardly keep up with demand at Torslanda, Sweden. They need all the capacity they can get. Moving production of the S90 to China (one of, if not the biggest sedan market in the world) is very logical. The S60 Inscription is already made in China and sold in America, haven’t been any problems with it. And for you guys who worry about safety not being good because it’s made in China…Volvo will NEVER, NEVER compromise on safety. You’ll see great safety results from
    geely soon aswell (beginning with the cars on the CMA platform).

    • antbee

      You must work for either Volvo, Geely, or both? You’re too defensive not to be associated with one or both of those companies.

  • antbee

    Damn the car, I want those shoes!!

  • BGM

    It hurts me to say it but this is nothing but the logical continuation of the decline of Sweden as a first world nation. A country cannot go down the road Sweden is going and still remain viable. Moving the production of possibly their most famous brand to China is another nail in their coffin.

    • antbee

      You only speak the truth, I suppose, with the country not even stepping in to save Saab, and allowing Ford to sell Volvo to the Chinese in the first place. Ikea’s products are all pretty much made in China, too, so as someone else has said, it won’t be too long until we see, “Designed In Sweden, Made In China.”
      And, yes, everyone knows Apple’s stuff is made in China, so stop using that as a reason for it to be, “OK,” for other manufacturers to make the same moves. It’s really tiring.

  • Sly

    The most beautiful car in its class. Handsome, incredible road present. The smart money is on the Volvo.

  • velsatissweden

    Might add some quality to it…

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