South Carolina US Volvo factory

Welcome to the Volvo family,  South Carolina!

Breaking ground on our first

American factory

September 25, 2015 - Volvo Car USA LLC's President and CEO Lex Kerssemakers, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and other key public officials officially broke ground on Volvo Cars’ first American factory in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Construction has now begun on the factory site, which will be capable of producing up to 100,000 cars per year.

“Today’s groundbreaking proves that Volvo Car USA follows promises with action,” said Lex Kerssemakers, “Volvo is moving quickly to expand its presence in the United States with new cars, new engines and now, a new factory.”

Upon opening, the Berkeley County, South Carolina factory will be the global production home of the all new S60 Sedan, which is currently under development at Volvo Car Group headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. American built S60s will be exported around the world through the Port of Charleston, along with another model yet to be determined. The first South Carolina-built Volvos are expected to roll off the assembly line in late 2018.
The groundbreaking comes as Volvo’s global transformation and U.S. comeback takes root. Volvo saw U.S. sales increase by double-digit percentages over the last two months, with global sales rebounding across car lines. Demand has been strong for the all-new XC90 7-Seat SUV, which was released this summer, and the XC60 5-Seat SUV, which continues to delight drivers.

Volvo Car USA estimates that the factory will employ up to 2,000 people over the next decade and up to 4,000 people in the longer term. An economic impact analysis compiled by Dr. Frank Hefner at the College of Charleston estimates that, for an initial 2,000 direct jobs, more than 8,000 total jobs would be created as a result. The plant would contribute approximately $4.8 billion in total economic output on an annual basis.


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Key factory milestones
Start construction Jan 2016
Machine installation Early 2017
Pre-production car Mid 2017
Move into plant Late 2017
S60 production begins Late 2018

South Carolina US Volvo factory

Volvo is committed to being a world-class       leader in 

Environmental performance

We have always been about safety, and we are equally committed to the environment. We continue to innovate to improve our footprint - just one example is our cleaner, more efficient Drive-E powertrains.  
We also care about your personal environment, too. With our climate control systems, the air inside a Volvo is often much cleaner than the air outside. 
As we build our new plant and our business operations in the U.S., we commit to establish and maintain an effective environmental management system that extends further than just meeting the stated environmental legality, and that encompasses integrity and the integration of sound environmental practices in all of our business decisions. 
We promise to:
• Comply with all environmental laws and regulations 
• Implement effective pollution prevention systems that protect the air, land and water 
• Conserve natural resources, by reducing, reusing and recycling materials

At Volvo, we understand sustainability as responsible corporate behavior that leads to long-term business success and is in harmony with the environment and society.  

Core values

At Volvo, everything we do starts with people. So our mission to make people’s lives easier, safer and better is something that comes naturally to us. It’s the Volvo way.

Today, we’re still as focused as ever on our three core values: safety, quality and care for the environment.

Protecting what’s important. Making people feel special. And taking pride in helping the world become a better place for all.

South Carolina US Volvo factory

About Volvo Cars

The first Volvo rolled off the production line in Gothenburg way back in 1927 and we’ve been creating world-changing innovations ever since. We’re also a global brand with manufacturing in Sweden, Belgium and China, and now proud to say the United States. Volvo Car Group produces a premium range of cars that includes sedans, wagons, sportswagons, cross country cars and SUVs. Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) is owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) and is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
It’s true that everything we do starts with people, and we’re very proud of the great personalities that have made Volvo Cars what it is, from our 1927 founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, through to designer Pelle Petterson, who designed the iconic P1800.
South Carolina US Volvo factory
South Carolina US Volvo factory

Decades of innovation

Some of our innovations have literally changed the  world—ever since Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point safety belt in 1959, an estimated one million lives have been saved. And our ‘Lambda Sond,’ which reduced harmful emissions by 90%, now graces nearly every car in the world.

Responsibility and commitment

Responsibility is an integral part of Volvo's corporate identity. As such, corporate sustainability is firmly anchored in our entire manufacturing process and extends far beyond the footprint of this plant.

At Volvo Cars, our investment is a measure of our commitment to the state of South Carolina. Our strong commitment to the communities in South Carolina will bring quality jobs, revenue generation, and investment to the state and will help lay the foundation for an even brighter future.

South Carolina US Factory

Being a good neighbor

To guide our entry into the Lowcountry’s neighboring communities, we’ve partnered with local community leaders from Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston Counties to build strong, sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships between Volvo Cars and our neighbors both now and into the future. These leaders serve as our community advisory group, representing the environment, education, residents and small businesses.They will also help shape the way we invest in our communities here in the Lowcountry.