Third Shift, 1,300 Jobs Added on Expected 2015 Volvo XC90 Demand
Expansion Includes New Flexible Working Agreement
It’s been a long time coming, so it’s not a great surprise that there’s a certain amount of pent-up demand for the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 luxury crossover. Volvo is anticipating such high global demand for the vehicle that it is adding 1,300 new jobs to its Torslanda, Sweden, factory that builds the XC90. The new hires announcement follows the installation of a new body shop at the factory, which brings its total annual production capacity to 300,000 units. The Torslanda plant expansion is part of the company’s $11 billion investment plan. The new hires at Torslanda will increase its overall workforce by 40 percent.
The new XC90 is the first product on the company’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) chassis, which is designed to accommodate C-segment sized sedans up to three-row crossovers such as the XC90. Along with the growth in the plant’s workforce, the expansion also brings a revised, flexible work agreement, which will allow greater production to meet customer demand. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the plant, which builds most of Volvo’s models, including the S60, V60, S80, V70, XC70, and XC90 models. The XC60 crossover is currently built in a plant in Ghent, Belgium.