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During the past few decades, automakers have started figuring out that the U.S. isn't a bad place to manufacture cars. For one, it cuts down on shipping costs, considering that this is the second largest car market in the world. In the past several years, the trend has increased dramatically, with Volvo now joining in.
The new manufacturing facility will be located in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Just a few days ago, the company held an official groundbreaking ceremony.
Once the facility is complete, the future Volvo S60 will start rolling off the production line. The cars will be used here domestically as well as shipped to other markets around the world. Total capacity will top out at 100,000 units per year, which could help Volvo reclaim a healthy portion of the U.S. auto market. Back in the day, the Swedish brand was pretty popular here, but under Ford management it fell out of favor with consumers.
Another, yet-to-be-named vehicle will also be assembled in South Carolina. It likely will be either the XC60 or XC90, both of which are popular in the U.S.
It's going to be 2018 when the facility is fully operational. When that happens, expect to see a rise in the number of Volvos on U.S. roads.