The number of cars shipped via the Port of Gothenburg has doubled during the past year, fueled by worldwide Volvo car sales reaching record levels. 2015 was a record-breaking year for Volvo. The company sold more cars than ever before – and since the turn of this year sales have increased even further. Topping the list is the XC90, an SUV produced at the Torslanda plant.
“Volvo has produced a highly successful range of models at the Torslanda plant in recent years, with the XC90 leading the way. And delivery to virtually every market takes place via the port here in Gothenburg nowadays,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice President, Container, RoRo and Rail at the Port of Gothenburg.
During the past year, the port has been entrusted with the task of shipping cars to even more than before markets, including Finland, Russia and China.
Between June 2015 and May 2016, around 170,000 cars were exported via the Port of Gothenburg, double the figure for the preceding 12 months.
New models in production at the Torslanda plant
Production of the new V90 estate began at the Torslanda plant on June 22 – just a few weeks after the new S90 saloon went into production. This means that all three of the new models in the 90 range – the S90, V90 and XC90 – are produced at the Torslanda plant. According to Volvo, the success story is set to continue. Following on from the market achievements of the XC90, customer response to the S90 and V90 has exceeded all expectations.
Volvo has invested heavily in the Torslanda plant in recent years in preparation for the new 90 range and the number of employees has almost doubled in two years, currently standing at around 6,300.
“It is extremely pleasing that Volvo Cars has decided to produce these particular models at Torslanda and that it is continuing its major investment offensive in Gothenburg. This is not only good for the Port of Gothenburg but also for the region and the country as a whole,” said Claes Sundmark.