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Volvo Cars and Geely open new R&D center

Geely, the majority owner of Volvo Car Corporation, has announced it will establish an R&D center with the Swedish OEM in Gothenburg.

The new facility will develop a modular architecture and set of components for future C-segment cars, addressing the needs of both Volvo Cars and Geely. The center will employ 200 full-time employees and will be run by Mats Fägerhag, currently VP of product strategy at Volvo Cars.

Speaking to media, majority owner and chairman for the group, Li Shufu, said: "Our group has ambitious goals to increase the competitiveness of our brands. Geely will continue to improve its product quality in the years to come and can learn from Volvo Cars. However, the sharing of knowledge and technology has to be done without jeopardizing brand integrity and individual product development. We believe a stand-alone, yet joint R&D center with a focused approach is the best way to achieve this.

"An international team has been given the task of taking cross-brand modular strategy to a new level. It should deliver on all the premium aspects a brand like Volvo requires in order to grow in the global premium segment. Geely shall meet the demands of the high volume segment in China and selected international markets, which requires a new level of technology."

Mats Fägerhag, CEO of the new R&D center, added: "The modular design allows several different vehicle platforms to be developed from one single architecture, thereby ensuring tailor-made solutions for both brands. This will be a showcase for cooperation between a Western world premium car manufacturer and a thriving Chinese automotive company."

20 February 2013


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