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https://www.media.volvocars.com/us/en-us/corporate/sales-volumes

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (April 2, 2019) - Volvo Car USA, LLC, (VCUSA) reported U.S. sales of 9,569 vehicles for the month of March, an increase of 16.2 percent versus March 2018.

March 2019 was the best March sales performance since March 2007. The XC40 had a record-breaking month, selling 1,550 compact SUVs. The XC90 was the top seller of the month with 3,236 vehicles sold followed by the XC60 with 2,936 cars sold. Volvo finished the first quarter of 2019 up 9.8 percent on top of quarter one 2018, which was up significantly compared to the prior year.

“The XC90 had the best month since 2017 and the XC40 had the best month ever. Both cars continue to bring new people into the Volvo family,” said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA.
 

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Great month for the SUVs, specifically the ageing XC90, S60 sales are also picking up though not as swiftly as I would like, hopefully will reach 3000 monthly units soon enough. S90 is practically dead, is this due to the trade wars?
 

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I would imagine that the XC models are getting the most attention. I see many more 60s and 90s and have even been seeing 40s on the road. The S90 doesn’t get the media attention here it should if you ask me. Neither the S60 either. Web based and radio is what I witness.

Plus I think the 60-cluster is the one that should be driving the volume for VCUSA.


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Fully 80% of sales in March were XC models which is not surprising. I would imagine S60 and V60/CC sales in months ahead will moderate that somewhat though S60 sales seem to be at the expense of the S90.
 

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Great month for the SUVs, specifically the ageing XC90, S60 sales are also picking up though not as swiftly as I would like, hopefully will reach 3000 monthly units soon enough. S90 is practically dead, is this due to the trade wars?
"Ageing" XC90? LOL

S90 is a Trump victim, for now.
 

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Sales by models:
<table><tbody><tr data-sort="0">
<td class="header">Models</td>
<td class="header">March 2019</td>
<td class="header">March 2018</td>
<td class="header">%</td>
<td class="header">Year To Date 2019</td>
<td class="header">Year To Date 2018</td>
<td class="header">%</td>
</tr>



<tr class="even" data-sort="0">
<td>S60</td>
<td>1,428</td>
<td>621</td>
<td>130.0 %</td>
<td>3,809</td>
<td>2,029</td>
<td>87.7 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="1">
<td>S60 CC</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>13</td>
<td>-</td>
<td>-</td>
<td>114</td>
<td>-</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="2">
<td>S90</td>
<td>181</td>
<td>659</td>
<td>-72.5 %</td>
<td>793</td>
<td>1,825</td>
<td>-56.5 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="3">
<td>V60</td>
<td>37</td>
<td>230</td>
<td>-83.9 %</td>
<td>86</td>
<td>410</td>
<td>-79.0 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="4">
<td>V60 CC</td>
<td>15</td>
<td>292</td>
<td>-94.9 %</td>
<td>38</td>
<td>600</td>
<td>-93.7 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="5">
<td>V60 II</td>
<td>21</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>100.0 %</td>
<td>26</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>100.0 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="6">
<td>V90</td>
<td>49</td>
<td>18</td>
<td>172.2 %</td>
<td>108</td>
<td>52</td>
<td>107.7 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="7">
<td>V90 CC</td>
<td>116</td>
<td>224</td>
<td>-48.2 %</td>
<td>326</td>
<td>552</td>
<td>-40.9 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="8">
<td>XC40</td>
<td>1,550</td>
<td>1,001</td>
<td>54.8 %</td>
<td>3,577</td>
<td>1,079</td>
<td>231.5 %</td>
</tr>
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<td>XC60</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>48</td>
<td>-</td>
<td>-</td>
<td>188</td>
<td>-</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="10">
<td>XC60 II</td>
<td>2,936</td>
<td>2,331</td>
<td>26.0 %</td>
<td>6,636</td>
<td>5,845</td>
<td>13.5 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="11">
<td>XC90</td>
<td>3,236</td>
<td>2,796</td>
<td>15.7 %</td>
<td>6,659</td>
<td>7,389</td>
<td>-9.9 %</td>
</tr>

<tr data-sort="13">
<td class="footer">Total</td>
<td>9,569</td>
<td>8,233</td>
<td>16.2 %</td>
<td>22,058</td>
<td>20,083</td>
<td>9.8 %</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>
 

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S90 is a Trump victim, for now.
I think that car was DOA - it would have happened with or without Trump. Maybe not this drastic though...

Not enough additional utility for the price increase. I personally think it is pretty ugly due to the weird proportions, but that is subjective.


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I think that car was DOA - it would have happened with or without Trump. Maybe not this drastic though...
Disagree. The car made some good inroads and even here in California outsold the Audi A6.

I predict it will come back and sell even more, when these idiotic tariffs go away.

Not enough additional utility for the price increase. I personally think it is pretty ugly due to the weird proportions, but that is subjective.


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It is subjective. I like driving it although I prefer a sportier ride. But it is amazingly comfortable and I think it is a beautiful car. People, at stop lights (whether inside a car or pedestrian), stop and take a second look. Many others stop me at gas stations and let me know how beautiful its design is.
 

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Among other things, my personal opinion is that the car is just a bit too long - I would have preferred the shorter version.

The new S60 is 187 inches. The cars the S90 competes with (E class, A6, 5 series) all range between 193.8 and 194.6 inches. The S90 is 200.1 inches.

I know, I know, it's only 5 and a half inches longer than the longest competitor but IMO that's a significant difference.
 

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It does not surprise me that the XC90 sells more than the XC60, and it in turn sells more than the XC40. If you want an SUV, bigger is better.

But it does surprise me that the XC40 outs sells the S60. The S90 not selling shouldn't surprise anyone; the S80 didn't sell either.

Volvo does need a volume leader; seems like that would be the S60 and not the XC90? We'll see how it all plays out...I know we all love our quirky/niche-focused Volvos, but Volvo simply needs a lot more in sales. That new plant is losing a ton of money at this pace!

I also note that it seems the new S60 is not delineated from the old S60?; perhaps this is purposeful to mask an even slower rate of sales for the new S60?
 

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Don’t know if it’s just a coincidence on what I’m watching, but I do feel like I’m seeing a lot more S60 ads lately. Mostly with a fusion red model...
 

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It is subjective. I like driving it although I prefer a sportier ride... But it is amazingly comfortable and I think it is a beautiful car. People, at stop lights (whether inside a car or pedestrian), stop and take a second look. Many others stop me at gas stations and let me know how beautiful its design is.
Yes, I frequently have the same experience. And that here in NE, where strangers don't talk to strangers. As regards your preference for a sportier ride, it occurs to me that you might have preferred the 2017 S90. No, mine is not for sale. :)
 

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Among other things, my personal opinion is that the car is just a bit too long - I would have preferred the shorter version.

The new S60 is 187 inches. The cars the S90 competes with (E class, A6, 5 series) all range between 193.8 and 194.6 inches. The S90 is 200.1 inches.

I know, I know, it's only 5 and a half inches longer than the longest competitor but IMO that's a significant difference.
S90 needs a more decent and glorious design for the tail lights to me, to be an upper luxury level car. It can't live with worse tail design than S60. Now S60 tail is about right, they probably should facelift the tail of S90 next year if still keep it in production.
 

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Among other things, my personal opinion is that the car is just a bit too long - I would have preferred the shorter version.

The new S60 is 187 inches. The cars the S90 competes with (E class, A6, 5 series) all range between 193.8 and 194.6 inches. The S90 is 200.1 inches.

I know, I know, it's only 5 and a half inches longer than the longest competitor but IMO that's a significant difference.
This was why I made my “ugly” comment.

I liked the “short version”, but not so much the long wheelbase version.


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<p>Volvo Cars reports 9.4% growth in the first quarter of 2019
<p>Up 7% in March
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https://www.media.volvocars.com/glo...-per-cent-growth-in-the-first-quarter-of-2019

<p>Sales by region:
<p>
<table style="width: 0px;" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0">
<tbody>
<tr>
<td id="td_0" width="64" valign="bottom"> </td>
<td id="td_1" colspan="2" width="128">
<p id="p_18"><strong>March</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_2" width="64" valign="bottom"> </td>
<td id="td_3" colspan="2" width="128" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_19"><strong>January-March</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_4" width="64" valign="bottom"> </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td id="td_5" width="64" valign="bottom"> </td>
<td id="td_6" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_20"><strong>2018</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_7" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_21"><strong>2019</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_8" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_22"><strong>Change</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_9" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_23"><strong>2018</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_10" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_24"><strong>2019</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_11" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_25"><strong>Change</strong></p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td id="td_12" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_26"><strong>Europe</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_13" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_27">35,941</p>
</td>
<td id="td_14" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_28">37,325</p>
</td>
<td id="td_15" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_29">3.9%</p>
</td>
<td id="td_16" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_30">79,512</p>
</td>
<td id="td_17" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_31">86,520</p>
</td>
<td id="td_18" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_32">8.8%</p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td id="td_19" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_33"><strong>China</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_20" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_34">10,700</p>
</td>
<td id="td_21" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_35">11,413</p>
</td>
<td id="td_22" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_36">6.7%</p>
</td>
<td id="td_23" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_37">28,768</p>
</td>
<td id="td_24" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_38">29,886</p>
</td>
<td id="td_25" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_39">3.9%</p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td id="td_26" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_40"><strong>US</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_27" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_41">8,233</p>
</td>
<td id="td_28" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_42">9,569</p>
</td>
<td id="td_29" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_43">16.2%</p>
</td>
<td id="td_30" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_44">20,083</p>
</td>
<td id="td_31" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_45">22,058</p>
</td>
<td id="td_32" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_46">9.8%</p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td id="td_33" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_47"><strong>Other</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_34" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_48">8,164</p>
</td>
<td id="td_35" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_49">9,150</p>
</td>
<td id="td_36" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_50">12.1%</p>
</td>
<td id="td_37" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_51">19,044</p>
</td>
<td id="td_38" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_52">22,856</p>
</td>
<td id="td_39" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_53">20%</p>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td id="td_40" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_54"><strong>Total</strong></p>
</td>
<td id="td_41" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_55">63,038</p>
</td>
<td id="td_42" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_56">67,457</p>
</td>
<td id="td_43" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_57">7%</p>
</td>
<td id="td_44" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_58">147,407</p>
</td>
<td id="td_45" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_59">161,320</p>
</td>
<td id="td_46" width="64" valign="bottom">
<p id="p_60">9.4%</p>
</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>
 

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Global sales by model:
<table class="table table-striped">
<tbody><tr data-sort="0">
<td class="header">Models</td>
<td class="header">March 2019</td>
<td class="header">March 2018</td>
<td class="header">%</td>
<td class="header">Year To Date 2019</td>
<td class="header">Year To Date 2018</td>
<td class="header">%</td>
</tr>



<tr class="even" data-sort="0">
<td>S60 II</td>
<td>141</td>
<td>2,153</td>
<td>-93.5 %</td>
<td>568</td>
<td>4,702</td>
<td>-87.9 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="1">
<td>S60 III</td>
<td>1,595</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>100.0 %</td>
<td>4,124</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>100.0 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="2">
<td>S60L</td>
<td>756</td>
<td>2,324</td>
<td>-67.5 %</td>
<td>2,251</td>
<td>6,793</td>
<td>-66.9 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="3">
<td>S60 CC</td>
<td>51</td>
<td>107</td>
<td>-52.3 %</td>
<td>89</td>
<td>304</td>
<td>-70.7 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="4">
<td>S90</td>
<td>4,897</td>
<td>5,832</td>
<td>-16.0 %</td>
<td>12,749</td>
<td>15,718</td>
<td>-18.9 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="5">
<td>V40</td>
<td>5,876</td>
<td>8,081</td>
<td>-27.3 %</td>
<td>12,835</td>
<td>17,612</td>
<td>-27.1 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="6">
<td>V40 CC</td>
<td>1,726</td>
<td>1,974</td>
<td>-12.6 %</td>
<td>3,884</td>
<td>4,595</td>
<td>-15.5 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="7">
<td>V60</td>
<td>121</td>
<td>3,669</td>
<td>-96.7 %</td>
<td>498</td>
<td>9,020</td>
<td>-94.5 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="8">
<td>V60 CC</td>
<td>46</td>
<td>1,596</td>
<td>-97.1 %</td>
<td>193</td>
<td>3,973</td>
<td>-95.1 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="9">
<td>V60 CC II</td>
<td>1,270</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>100.0 %</td>
<td>2,193</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>100.0 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="10">
<td>V60 II</td>
<td>6,110</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>100.0 %</td>
<td>14,056</td>
<td>0</td>
<td>100.0 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="11">
<td>V90</td>
<td>2,453</td>
<td>4,639</td>
<td>-47.1 %</td>
<td>5,822</td>
<td>10,324</td>
<td>-43.6 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="12">
<td>V90 CC</td>
<td>1,963</td>
<td>2,165</td>
<td>-9.3 %</td>
<td>4,820</td>
<td>5,383</td>
<td>-10.5 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="13">
<td>XC40</td>
<td>12,614</td>
<td>4,261</td>
<td>196.0 %</td>
<td>28,903</td>
<td>6,236</td>
<td>363.5 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="14">
<td>XC60</td>
<td>1</td>
<td>377</td>
<td>-99.7 %</td>
<td>3</td>
<td>1,544</td>
<td>-99.8 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="odd" data-sort="15">
<td>XC60 II</td>
<td>18,036</td>
<td>16,277</td>
<td>10.8 %</td>
<td>46,259</td>
<td>38,241</td>
<td>21.0 %</td>
</tr>
<tr class="even" data-sort="16">
<td>XC90 II</td>
<td>9,801</td>
<td>9,583</td>
<td>2.3 %</td>
<td>22,073</td>
<td>22,962</td>
<td>-3.9 %</td>
</tr>

<tr data-sort="18">
<td class="footer">Total</td>
<td>67,457</td>
<td>63,038</td>
<td>7.0 %</td>
<td>161,320</td>
<td>147,407</td>
<td>9.4 %</td>
</tr>
</tbody></table>
 

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It does not surprise me that the XC90 sells more than the XC60, and it in turn sells more than the XC40. If you want an SUV, bigger is better.

But it does surprise me that the XC40 outs sells the S60. The S90 not selling shouldn't surprise anyone; the S80 didn't sell either.

Volvo does need a volume leader; seems like that would be the S60 and not the XC90? We'll see how it all plays out...I know we all love our quirky/niche-focused Volvos, but Volvo simply needs a lot more in sales. That new plant is losing a ton of money at this pace!

I also note that it seems the new S60 is not delineated from the old S60?; perhaps this is purposeful to mask an even slower rate of sales for the new S60?
XC's are the volume leaders. Sedan sale is less than compact SUV's, from any manufacturers today.
XC60 and XC40 both sell much more than XC90 globally. Big SUV is better in America because our parking lots are bigger. In Europe and China, Majority of Volvo buyers live in cities and parking spots are tiny.

I can see they probably can build more XC40's and still sell it quickly. They only ship a small portion of XC40 to America today. But this depends on the capacity of Ghent factory.
South Carolina factory just start shipping S60 to Europe, and will build XC90 in a few years. So maybe this will help a little. I think they can also add XC60 easily for American market, if necessary.
 

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Overall, really good performance from Volvo in light of an approximate 3-4% decline in first quarter sales overall for the US in Q1. They are stealing market share from other manufacturers.
 

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Overall, really good performance from Volvo in light of an approximate 3-4% decline in first quarter sales overall for the US in Q1. They are stealing market share from other manufacturers.
Agreed.

Despite my criticisms at times, Volvo is doing a decent job overall from a product standpoint. Dealerwise - still seems to be some opportunities to improve.

In the past I was “moving up” the luxury ladder and thought Volvo was a bit challenged vs some of the mainstream brands, primarily the Japanese ones. Now as I compare Volvo to the other luxury brands, I’m starting to think they are fairly well positioned in terms of cost and reliability. Looking at Audi recently ( I’m obsessed with the Q7), I think I would likely run into some reliability issues vs an XC90 and spend a ton more in maintenance cost. The ying and yang of the comparison though is depreciation , I think the better resale value of the Audi would bring things close to a wash in the end.

It’s a shame the Volvo depreciation is so ridiculously high vs almost every brand in the market.


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XC's are the volume leaders. Sedan sale is less than compact SUV's, from any manufacturers today.
XC60 and XC40 both sell much more than XC90 globally. Big SUV is better in America because our parking lots are bigger. In Europe and China, Majority of Volvo buyers live in cities and parking spots are tiny.

I can see they probably can build more XC40's and still sell it quickly. They only ship a small portion of XC40 to America today. But this depends on the capacity of Ghent factory.
South Carolina factory just start shipping S60 to Europe, and will build XC90 in a few years. So maybe this will help a little. I think they can also add XC60 easily for American market, if necessary.
But Volvo Cars is not a truck company. Ford has fatally decided to exit from cars; not sure if the F150 alone can pull them through.
Volvo needs a sedan to succeed. The XC40/60/90 are all very nice. But Volvo's future rests on the wheels of the S60, period. Drivers may not always be in love with an SUV. Big Pickups are another entirely different story; maybe Ford is okay long-term, we'll see.

But the autonomous driving, all-electric era will prominently feature sedans - much more than SUVs. Volvo
 
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