Volvo exports first China-made S90s to Europe – by rail

Volvo exports first China-made S90s to Europe – by rail

0 comments 📅06 July 2017, 00:00

Volvo is drop by drop laying more and more production on its Chinese foundations. The first European-required, Chinese-built S90 sedans have been transported to Belgium via a new train reference, and Volvo says it’s the first carmaker to use the train link to bring over cars from China. Reportedly, the new “One Area, One Road” solution slices 66% off the delivery time compared to shipping the cars in a scheduled fashion.

Each train takes 120 cars, and every container on the procession can accommodate three Volvos. Back in the days when Volvos were boxier, stuffing a container with them would have been a more Tetris-like attempt, but Volvo says the S90s are fitted inside the container in various angles to maximize lacuna efficiency and then strapped snugly in place so they do not move or chafe during their lengthy journey to Europe.

At first, there is one European-bound train leaving the Daqinq works every week, but there are plans to ramp this number up as production volumes broaden. Following the US imports of the Chinese-made S60 Inscription versions, the Chinese export S90 building began with the top-specification cars, but will be expanded to all S90 models later on.

After a less 5,000-mile transport, the arrival of the cars has been timed to coincide with the Chinese Prime Ecclesiastic, Li Keqiang’s visit to Belgium.

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