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  • A focus on fibres

    November 27th 2018

    Lightweight, high-strength benefits are being offset by materials and process costs. James Bakewell looks at the challenges of making carbon fibre cost effective

  • Waste not…

    September 13th 2018

    Karen McCandless reports on vehicle-maker recycling projects ranging from plastic bottles to electric vehicle batteries

  • Transatlantic ventures

    August 24th 2018

    Volvo is the latest European marque to take up a North American manufacturing base. As Ian Henry reports, it joins Germany’s giants in exploring the benefits while coping with the complexities…

  • The Scandinavian settlement

    August 24th 2018

    A new plant has been born in an extremely turbulent political environment – Volvo’s first in the US. Michael Nash reports

  • SPA in the DNA

    May 14th 2018

    Rising global demand for Volvo vehicles and the arrival of models using the SPA platform is having a considerable impact on the company’s Torslanda plant. Michael Nash investigates

  • Volvo Ghent starts XC40 production

    November 22nd 2017

    Belgium – The company’s first small premium SUV is based on the Compact Modular Architecture which will underpin all new cars in the 40 series. Volvo has already taken more than 13,000 orders and deliveries will begin early next year…

  • Still going strong

    October 31st 2017

    As November marks the 40th anniversary of the original press-hardened steel patent, AMS takes a look at how the technology has evolved and where it is heading next in an era of mixed-material vehicle production…

  • Volvo plans Polestar plant in Chengdu

    October 17th 2017

    China – The Swedish company and its Chinese owner, Geely Holding, announced that together they will invest 5 billion yuan ($754.5m) to support Polestar’s product, brand and industrial development, which will include the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Chengdu. The Polestar 1 hybrid coupe will be made there from mid-2019, followed later that year by a full electric vehicle (EV) called Polestar 2…

  • Novares opens paint line, Sainte Marguerite

    October 5th 2017

    France – The company formerly known as Mecaplast – Key Plastics invested €8.5m ($10.1m) to build a 600sq.m extension equipped with the latest robotic technology. Novares said the facility will support six vehicle-makers in the region: PSA, Fiat, Volvo, Daimler, Opel and Renault…

  • EVs abound, but where’s the power?

    September 22nd 2017

    This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show was a little different from previous occasions, with some notable absentees – namely Nissan, Peugeot, Volvo and FCA. Something else I was struck (rather than surprised) by was the increasing focus on electric vehicles (EVs). The diesel scandal has led to a major shift in public opinion, the political mood and car companies’ strategies. The disruptive arrival of Tesla and others has also helped…