New spy shots from the facelifted Volvo S80L in China, it will be launched on the Chinese car market early next year. The wait has been long, the last time we saw the facelifted S80L was back in January. The Volvo s80L is a stretched version of the Volvo S80, made in China by the Chang’an-Volvo joint venture that dated back to Volvo’s time under the Ford umbrella. The joint venture also makes the aging S40 sedan.
The current Chang’an-Volvo S80L. Price starts at 394.900 yuan and ends at 659.900 yuan. Engines: a 2.0 turbo with 203hp or 240hp and a 3.0 turbo six-in-line with 305hp. The 2.0 turbo will be deleted for the facelifted S80L, it will be replaces by a much less powerful and much older 180hp five cylinder turbo. This kinda strange move is likely meant to get the price down and sales up. The 3.0 will continue.
Surprised to hear that the Chang’an-Ford plant will retool for a company owned by Geely. Expected all new models to be imports until start up of new Geely-Volvo plant.
Nope. Geely keeps the Chang’an-Volvo joint venture alive until the S80 will be replaced. Geely’s Volvo-factory will start with the S60 and XC60.
Thanks Tycho. I’m guessing its a challenge for Geely-Volvo to ensure its own quality standard, during a new model start-up, under the roof of a competitor.
I guess that’s right. But just like Chang’an-Volvo got help from Sweden, so will Geely, and likely even more, because Geely owns the place… Quality I think, will be all right. The challenge is marketing and brand recognition, where Volvo lags far behind the Germans.