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Last Volvo S60 rolls off the assembly line in Ghent

from media.volvocar.com

At 4.15am on Tuesday morning March 31, the last Volvo S60 rolled off the assembly line at Volvo Cars Ghent. The historic car - a Sapphire Black model with a five cylinder gasoline engine - is destined for a customer in Taiwan.
In total, the Ghent plant has built 578,292 S60 cars during the years 2000-2009.

S60 is one of the longest running Volvo models in the plant. The highest production volume of the model was reached in 2001 when 108,906 S60 cars were produced.

"The Volvo S60 was an important model for Volvo Cars Gent," says managing director of Volvo Cars Ghent Derek Jessiman. "Now we will focus on a flawless launch of the new S60."

And preparations for the new S60 model which will enter production in Ghent in 2010 are already underway. The new model will share technologies with other recent Volvos such as the S80, V70, XC70 and XC60.

During the coming weeks rebuild of activities in the welding plant will commence to create space and capacity for the new sedan. For example, the present capacity of the floor line will be doubled.

Production of Volvo S60 at Volvo Cars Ghent:

Year Volume
2000 26 051
2001 108 906
2002 104 484
2003 84 908
2004 67 929
2005 61 838
2006 53 188
2007 39 347
2008 25 436
2008 6 205

The Volvo S60 has received a number of awards during the years:

Executive Car of the Year 2007 (Philippines)
S60 PZEV Gold medals for best acceleration and emission 2004 (China)
Best All-weather sedan $30,000+ 2003 (USA)
Europe Car Grand Prix Winner 2003 (USA)
Car of the Year 2003 (USA)
All-Weather Sedan >$30K 2003 (USA)
S60 D5- Best Executive Diesel 2002 (UK)
S60 AWD - Best In Class All Weather Sedan 2002 (USA)
Compact Executive Car 2002 (UK)
Best Safety Equipment, Middle east Car of the Year Awards 2002 (Middle East)
Best New Sports Coupé/Sedan 2001 (Canada)
Sporty Car of the Year 2001 (Mexico)
Tow Car of the Year - overall and best in class 2001 (Netherlands)
Best Lease Car of the Year (executive segment) 2001 (Netherlands)
Car of the Nation - most desirable new car 2001 (Lithuania)
Executive Car 2001 (Lithuania)
Most sporty car 2001 (Lithuania)
"Utmärkt Svensk Form" - Excellent Swedish Design 2001 (Sweden)
Car of the Year - Medium segment 2001 (Estonia)
Total Value Award (Near Luxury Car Category) 2001 (USA)
Das Goldene Lenkrad 2000 (Germany)
L'Automobile più Bella del Mondo "The Most Beautiful Car in the World" 2000 (Italy)
Best New Sports Coupe/Sedan over $30,000 2000 (Canada)

Shimon - I'm a bit surprised by this as the new S60 is a 2010 launch?? (not model year 2010 which is August 2009?)

Why would volvo end the current S60 and have no S60 sedan for a year???

unusual move!!!

that car has more than paid for itself so why end production? It is a pure profit car now.

Also, how does this affect volvo's STCC, WTCC and BTCC plans given that the S60 was the only car using a 2.0 5 cylinder engine. No production car using that engine means they can't use it for racing!!!??

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yep C30 in the BTCC but the 2.0 5 cylinder petrol is currently only in production in turbo form for the S60. I dont think the regulations allow for non-production engines which is what the 2.0 non turbo would be. Having said that, it's allowed as a 2.0 non-turbo even though volvo doesnt make a car with a 2.0 non-turbo at the moment......
 

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yep C30 in the BTCC but the 2.0 5 cylinder petrol is currently only in production in turbo form for the S60. I dont think the regulations allow for non-production engines which is what the 2.0 non turbo would be. Having said that, it's allowed as a 2.0 non-turbo even though volvo doesnt make a car with a 2.0 non-turbo at the moment......

No, regulations allow any technology available within the manufacturers lineup. Only restrictions are displacement, 8750 RPM limiter for the 5 cylinder, 10 mm valve lift and 11:1 compression and AFAIK the layout of the used head must remain as it was casted. Within the cast anything can be ported or changed.

This means the 2.5 NA is good as a base engine. The bore/stroke of the STCC engine is different from a production engine anyway.

One reason for the Volvo to drive 2 championships is that the car s build to S2000 regulations.
Not only the STCC following these regulations like the WTCC but as of 2007 also the BTCC is following these regulations so the car doesn't need to be changed.
 

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Shimon - I'm a bit surprised by this as the new S60 is a 2010 launch?? (not model year 2010 which is August 2009?)

Why would volvo end the current S60 and have no S60 sedan for a year???

unusual move!!!

Because the S80 is not much different in size?

Quote, originally posted by Shimon »
that car has more than paid for itself so why end production? It is a pure profit car now.

And only move 6205 units in 2009.
 

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Re: Last Volvo S60 rolls off the assembly line in Ghent (Shimon)

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Last Volvo S60 rolls off the assembly line in Ghent
Why would volvo end the current S60 and have no S60 sedan for a year???
unusual move!!!
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Because of a late decision to move the preassembly back to inhouse (tower automation -> olofström) and olofström did not have the spaces for the new S60-lines until the old ones was removed.

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interesting info McDonald. I recall you work for the company contracted to update the floor pallets in Ghent to handle both the P1 and the EUCD ie currently the XC60 at Ghent.

The XC60 panels are made in Olofstrom, Volvo's panel pressing factory, even though the car is built in Ghent. So the new S60 panels will be by Olofstrom rather than Tower Automation at Ghent along with the V60 at Olofstrom too. I recall the XC60 pre-production was at Olofstrom too.

The lack of space at Olofstrom comes from space for high volume pressing of the new S60 panels? That space is currently occupied by the (till today!) current S60? Spare parts pressing is lower volume so not so demanding on space?

Even if the new S60 was on time (ie not delayed and launched last year) the same problem would have come up then ie a lack of space to run the current and new S60 production side by side.

I suppose the conflict is the high volume stamping lines rather than limited space at the pilot plant.

How would volvo have resolved this if the S60 was ontime ie launched last year? To run the two lines side by side (in time) would mean they would have had to have used Tower?

I suppose the current S60 volume is now so low as not to really be missed from the lineup for a year. Still seems an unusual thing for Volvo to do.

Interesting info re the CMA platform for new small volvos. That'll be the new C30, S40, V30, XC30. New C70 as EUCD? V60 is EUCD.

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It has nothing to do with stamping panels... the capacity and space for that is good enough.

The problem is space for the preassemblylines for the s60-lines. There was space from the beginning but suddenly there came a new volvo( xc60 ) that required space and the xc60 got that space.
No more space for the new s60, but who cared when the new s60 is a replacemant for both the s40 and s60 and is natural it will be preassymbled in tower. Or.... why not whait until the old s60-lines are gone and build the the s60-lines on that space... thats what happend.
More economical keeping it inhouse in days like this.

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Im a bit lost with this now....

XC60 pre-production was in Olofstrom and production volume stampings are in Olfstrom. XC60 built in Ghent.

The new S60 panels will also be made in Olofstrom, not Tower Automation but again the new S60 is built in Ghent.

The lack of space for pre-production is in...? Ghent? So Ghent is removing the S60 production line and installing the new S60 line in its place. Why not have pre-production in Olofstrom like the XC60 was?
 

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The first gen S60 was built in Ghent only. No Torslanda built S60s?

McDonald, the lack of space is at Olofstrom then who dont have space for pre-production building of the S60 until the old S60 lines are removed?? Which S60 lines are in the way exactly? The old S60 lines would be the panel production rather than the full bodyshell construction as the shells would be made in Ghent from panels shipped from Olofstrom?
Re your comment above, lack of space isnt to do with stamping panels

So whats in the way at Olofstrom then? XC60 pre-production has finished now.

S60 pre-production could have been at Tower but is instead at Olofstrom.

Why could Ghent not keep making the S60 whilst Olofstorm separately gets on with pre-production of the S60. Is there any space lacking at Ghent which requires the old S60 lines go first to make room for the new ones?

Re Johann the STCC C30 is therefore using the 83mm bore (used for the 2.5 litre engines) but a short stroke to give the 2.0 displacement?

The 2.0T in the S60 used an 81mm bore with a 77mm stroke

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Quote, originally posted by Shimon »

Re Johann the STCC C30 is therefore using the 83mm bore (used for the 2.5 litre engines) but a short stroke to give the 2.0 displacement?

The 2.0T in the S60 used an 81mm bore with a 77mm stroke

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Probably yes if not a bore of 84 mm like the older 850 BTCC engine.
 

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In my opinion, the S60 is - well, was - one of the most elegant Volvos ever, and will probably be a classic in 2 or 3 decades http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Last Volvo S60 rolls off the assembly line in Ghent (Shimon)

I will miss seeing brand new first generation S60s. It can be a popular model in years to come in the second hand market, like S70.
 
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