Volvo set to shift production from Europe, build more cars in China

Volvo S90 pilot production in Daqing, China
Volvo is owned by Chinese automaker Geely, and it began exporting Chinese-made cars to the United States in 2015 with the limited-edition S60 Inscription. But that trickle of Chinese-made Volvos will soon become a flood.

The Swedish automaker plans to shift production of the S90 sedan from Europe to a plant in Daqing, Heilongjiang province, in northern China. The announcement came as Volvo unveiled a new version of the S90 designed specifically for the Chinese market, as well as a high-end S90 Excellence model. Both will appear at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show later this month.

Volvo will also start building its medium-sized “60-series” car at a plant in Chengdu, Szechuan province, in western China. The “60” lineup currently includes the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and XC60 crossover. All three are due for a redesign, shifting to the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as the S90 and other larger Volvo models.

Read more: Volvo’s V90 Cross Country is the cure for the common crossover

Finally, a third plant currently under construction in Luqiao, just over 200 miles south of Shanghai, will build a new line of “40-series” compact cars, based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform previewed by Volvo earlier this year. The Luqiao plant will also build CMA-based cars for Lynk & Co, the new car brand launched by Volvo parent Geely last month.

Not all Volvos will be built in China, though. The automaker plans to maintain its current plants in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Ghent, Belgium. The Swedish plant will build “90” and “60” models, while the Belgian plant will be devoted exclusively to “40” models. Volvo is also building a new plant in South Carolina that produce cars both for the U.S. market and for export. Volvo said the plant will build “SPA-based vehicles,” meaning it could manufacture “90” or “60” models.

Volvo isn’t the only automaker planning to export cars from China. General Motors is exporting the Buick Envision SUV and the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid. Both models were designed primarily for the Chinese market, but will be sold in the U.S.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

These winter-warrior cars will never leave you out in the cold

Snow can be an absolute pain if your vehicle isn't optimized to handle that sort of terrain. If brutal snowstorms are an annual part of your life, we recommend you pick up one of these winter-ready vehicles.

Chinese court upholds Qualcomm's complaint that Apple infringed on two patents

Apple is following the FTC's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.

600-hp, $155K Polestar 1 is the alluring Volvo coupe you’ve been waiting for

Volvo's return to the coupe segment just took an interesting turn: the model will join the Polestar lineup, and it will get a 600-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Polestar 1 will be built in China starting in 2019.
Emerging Tech

China to launch the first mission to the far side of the moon

China plans to launch a spacecraft to the far side of the moon this month. The Chang’e-4 spacecraft is scheduled to take off on December 8 carrying a lander and rover, which will touch down on the lunar surface

World’s fastest electric race car to display at Petersen Museum

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak race car smashed the all-time record at the hill climb for which it was named. The all-electric VW record-holder will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles until February 1, 2019.
Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.

This freewheeling Army truck-turned-tiny home is a labor of love

Most tiny homes are models of efficiency but one British metal worker has redefined the idea, converting an old Army truck into a mobile tiny home that comes with a bed, a sofa, a shower, and a beer garden.

Take a friend stargazing at 202 mph in the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider

McLaren has introduced the 2019 720S Spider. As its name implies, it's a convertible variant of the 720S coupe. The company promises the Spider retains the coupe's dynamism and agility thanks in part to the widespread use of carbon fiber.

Gateway’s born-again Ford Bronco boasts classic style, 2018 muscle car power

Illinois-based Gateway Bronco has received a license from Ford to make brand-new examples of the first-generation Bronco. Every build starts with a Ford VIN and a donor vehicle, but Gateway upgrades every part of the car.

Bloodhound’s plan to build a 1,000-mph car has run out of gas

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has officially shut down. The upside is you can now buy a 135,000-horsepower car powered by a jet engine and a cluster of rockets for $319,000.

2019 Ford Ranger saves fuel without sacrificing towing capacity

The 2019 Ford Ranger marks Ford's long-awaited return to the midsize truck segment, which has seen a resurgence lately. But will being late to the party make Ford's job more difficult?

Pininfarina Battista is a 1,900-horsepower, 250-mph electric supercar

The Pininfarina Battista will be the first production car from famed Italian design firm Pininfarina. Named after company founder Battista Pininfarina, it has a claimed 1,900 horsepower and a $2.5 million price tag.

Tesla could show the electric pickup Elon Musk is dying to build in 2019

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself.