Volvo has begun exporting the all-new S60 from its plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, to Europe.
The cars will arrive at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge to connect with distribution centers in Ghent. From there, they will be redirected to retailer networks in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Bulgaria.
Throughout 2019, new S60 models will also make their way into Turkey, Australia and New Zealand, plus 93 other countries including the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region – excluding China.
“We began commercial production of the S60s just six short months ago here in South Carolina, and we’re excited to be building cars for customers around the world,” stated Volvo’s manufacturing VP for the Americas, Jeff Moore. “Export markets are critical to the long-term success of our plant and we’re on track to deliver vehicles to our customers worldwide.”
Volvo expects to produce nearly 50,000 vehicles at its Ridgeville plant this year alone, over 50% of which will be exports. In 2022, the plant will begin producing the next-generation XC90 SUV, with a capacity to build 150,000 cars per year.
The 2019 Volvo S60 shares a modified version of the SPA platform, safety tech and infotainment system with its V60, XC60 and flagship 90-series siblings, and stands as a direct rival to the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, Jaguar XE, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Lexus IS.