Geely and Volvo Cars Cooperate in New R&D Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Feb. 20, 2013
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Geely Holding, majority
owner of Volvo Car Corporation (Volvo Cars) and Geely Auto, will establish a
Research and Development Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Centre will develop
a new modular architecture and set of components for future C-segment cars,
addressing the needs of both Volvo Cars and Geely. The Centre will be run by
Mats Fagerhag, currently Vice President at Product Strategy within Volvo Cars,
and leverage on the Volvo technology leadership within Geely Holding. The new
R&D Centre will employ approximately 200 full-time employees from Sweden and
"Our group has ambitious goals to increase the competitiveness of our brands,"
states Li Shufu, Chairman of Geely Holding Group. "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 Centre with a focused approach is the best way to
achieve this," says Li Shufu.
The R&D Centre will be located in Gothenburg (Lindholmen Science Park),
building on the extensive automotive competence established in the region.
Recruitments of engineers are ongoing and the centre will be fully operational
towards the end of 2013. The modular architecture and set of components will
not only deliver world-class product technologies and attributes, but also
considerable cost savings in terms of development, testing and sourcing,
leading to the realisation of significant economies of scale.
Centre CEO Mats Fagerhag comments: "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."
Mats Fagerhag and his team will be supported by senior executives from the
managements of Volvo Cars and Geely. Carl-Peter Forster, chief advisor to
Geely Holding, will ensure that the development of the modular architecture
and set of components will meet the individual brands' specific requirements
for different cost and attribute levels.
In parallel, the development of the Volvo Cars architecture for larger
segments (SPA) continues within Volvo Cars' own R&D organization. The first
SPA vehicle will be launched in 2014.
Contact: Victor Yang, Geely PR Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (+86) 159 0662 0333
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