Volvo to build factory in South Carolina, online from 2018

Volvo has announced that it will begin building a factory in South Carolina this year, and that it will start producing vehicles from 2018.

Volvo says that the factory will be located in Berkeley County, outside Charleston, SC. Capacity will 100,000 cars per year.

The company has yet to say which vehicles will be produced there, but it did issue a photo of the S60, so that might be a clue. Another strong possibility will be the XC90, which given its popularity and size seems to be a perfect fit for the SC plant.

Cars built at the South Carolina factory will be sold in the US and exported around the world.

The new South Carolina factory will join the company’s two plants in Europe and two in China.

Volvo says that the factory will cost US$500 million and employ around 4,000 people.