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Volvo Cars and Geely cooperate in new R&D Center in Gothenburg; focus on C-segment

20 February 2013

Geely Holding, majority owner of Volvo Car Corporation and Geely will establish a Research and Development Center in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Center will develop a new modular architecture and set of components for future C-segment cars, addressing the needs of both Volvo Cars and Geely. The Center will be run by Mats Fägerhag, currently Vice President at Product Strategy within Volvo Cars, and leverage on the Volvo technology leadership within Geely Holding. The new R&D Center will employ approximately 200 full-time employees.

Our group has ambitious goals to increase the competitiveness of our brands. Geely will continue to improve its product quality in the years to come and can learn from Volvo Cars. However, the sharing of knowledge and technology has to be done without jeopardizing brand integrity and individual product development. We believe a stand-alone, yet joint R&D Center with a focused approach is the best way to achieve this.

An international team has been given the task of taking cross-brand modular strategy to a new level. It should deliver on all the premium aspects a brand like Volvo requires in order to grow in the global premium segment. Geely shall meet the demands of the high volume segment in China and selected international markets, which requires a new level of technology.

—Chairman Li Shufu

The modular architecture and set of components is intended not only to deliver world-class product technologies and attributes, but also considerable cost savings in terms of development, testing and sourcing, leading to the realization of significant economies of scale.

With Geely as a partner, we secure that Volvo Cars will be in full control of the development of our next generation C-segment cars. We will not have to compromise in a way that is inevitable when partnering with an external OEM.

—Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars

In parallel, the development of the Volvo Cars architecture for larger segments (SPA) continues within Volvo Cars’ own R&D organization. The first SPA vehicle will be launched in 2014.

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