Volvo XC40 production to be expanded as demand grows

Volvo XC40 production to be expanded as demand grows

Volvo has received close to 80,000 orders for award-winning new compact SUV; production will be boosted in Europe and China to meet demand

Volvo has announced that it will increase production of the XC40, which has amassed more than 80,000 orders in the months since its sales launch.

The £27,610 small SUV, designed to rival the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, has become the fastest-selling newly launched car in the UK, with around 2000 orders per month rolling in.

Production at Volvo’s Ghent factory in Belgium and Luqiao facility in China will be increased in the first half of 2019, although the brand has yet to disclose by how much.

Building on the XC40’s success, Volvo has also announced that a replacement for the V40 is on its way that’s based on the same Compact Modular Architecture as its small SUV, as well as multiple electric cars based on the same underpinnings.

It’s already known that Volvo’s first EV will be a hatchback due next year, while the second one will be an XC40 electric variant, as Volvo aims to electrify its entire line-up in the coming years.

The S60, due later this year, is the brand’s first car to be launched without a diesel option, while the V60 was its last to be offered with diesel in its line-up.

The XC40’s success comes as little surprise, given the numerous accolades the car has garnered since its launch. It was awarded an Autocar Game Changer at the recent Autocar Awards, as well as being crowned 2018 Car of the Year by our sister title What Car?.

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Source:: Autocar

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