Volvo is strengthening its ties with China by announcing the production of the new topping range E-class fighting S90 sedan. The company will use Daqing facility to produce Volvo’s most innovative vehicles in its product range, which are based on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), a flexible, scalable product architecture that covers most of Volvo’s future car models. The factory will undergo a major expansion in Daqing that will equip the site to build its future S90 sedan.
It will be one of the most advanced cars making facilities in China. Till now company didn’t say anything about the money being invested in the project. 37 percent of car makers in China lies in the North-eastern Chinese city of Daqing. Currently there are 700 people are working in a factory at Daqing to build the original XC90 for the local market. The promises the first vehicle built in Daqing after the expansion will be a new premium sedan. The S90 is set to revolutionize the midsize luxury segment, much like the second-generation XC90 did in the SUV market. Expect the sedan to receive the hauler’s design language, along with an interior packed with the latest technology and luxury items developed by the Swedes including the “Thor’s Hammer” headlamps. The overhauled sedan will hit dealerships in the second half of 2016.
Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars President and Chief Executive said “We are fully committed to the growth of our business in China, our second home market”. The company is expecting to sale over 80,000 in China in the current year.
Volvo first introduced the S90 name in 1996, when it renamed the 960 for certain markets. Later on they discontinued 900 series in mid of 1998. The S80 we know of today rolled in as the replacement for the S90. As it was mentioned above the car will be made on the SPA platform as the X90 SUV, it is expected to be powered by a range of Drive-E four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, with a T8 hybrid model to act as range-topper. As of now we heard Mercedes changing its nomenclature, but Volvo is also renaming their 40, 60 and 90 series, with plans for a sedan, wagon and crossover for each of them. Volvo is expected to overhaul its entire line-up by 2017. Volvo S90 will compete with BMW 5 series. S90 will go 0-100 in 6 sec with a top speed of 155 mph. It will price above $30.000.