Located approximately 40 miles outside of downtown Charleston, SC, Volvo Car USA’s first manufacturing plant establishes Volvo as a global manufacturer.  Volvo will utilize manufacturing plants in its three major sales regions.   This state-of-the-art facility in South Carolina is part of Volvo’s ‘Build where you sell’ global manufacturing strategy.


“The Charleston plant establishes the US as our third home market,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “The sedan segment and the SPA platform’s proven ability to boost profitability offer significant growth opportunities for Volvo Cars in the US and globally.”


Two manufacturing plants and an engine plant are located in Europe, three car factories and an engine plant in China with assembly plants in India and Malaysia.  Volvo’s first facility in the U.S. will complement the other plants.


The Charleston plant starts production of the new Volvo S60 premium mid-size sports sedan, based on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, in the fall of 2018. From 2021, the factory will also build the next generation of the Volvo XC90 large premium SUV. Cars built at the plant are destined both for the domestic US market and international export.


Volvo Cars is investing around USD 1.1 billion in its US manufacturing operations and will create around 4,000 new jobs at the Charleston site over the coming years. Approximately 1,500 staff will be employed by the end of this year.


“The opening of our first American factory is a very big deal,” said Anders Gustafsson, president and CEO of Volvo Car USA. “Our US business is developing well, our cars have won prestigious awards, and the new South Carolina facility will be a big asset to both Volvo Cars and the community.”


Construction began in September 2015 and today the facility occupies 1,600 acres and offers 2.3 million square feet of building space.  In addition to manufacturing, the Charleston facility provides space for 300 personnel from R&D, purchasing, quality and sales. At full capacity, the factory can produce 150,000 cars per year.


Volvo Cars continues with its announced strategy to be the first global car maker to build plug-in hybrid cars at each of its car plants.  From 2019 all new Volvo models will be electrified.   The S60 T8 Polestar Engineered is their latest hybrid offer.