• Roy Posted: 7/29/2010 7:42am PDT

    This is quite analagous to IBM's divestment of its laptop business to Lenovo. I have no doubt that China can produce cars to the required standard (remember how Japanese quality "suddenly" became the best in the world - we're at the same point with China and Taiwan; even Japanese companies are outsourcing to China!).

    The issue will be three or four years from now, when Geely will start to produce Volvos using its own design. Only time will tell if they can maintain Volvo's image of safety and quality within their designs.

    That has been an issue for Lenovo, whose latest Thinkpads aren't nearly as bulletproof or reliable as previous generations were.

  • NoNameDenton Posted: 3/28/2010 8:21pm PDT

    Not really VolvoFan, look at the statistics, China has more fatal car accidents then any other country, one car they wanted to sell in Europe got a ONE star crash test rating, the car imploded in on itself

  • freemotorist Posted: 3/28/2010 8:09pm PDT

    People who think that Chinese or Indian for that matter would spend a lot of money on a premiere brand only to destroy it by compromising its quality must be living in a cave. If they had the brain to make that much money to buy Jaguar, Land Rover or Volvo, they are definitely not that stupid as to lower standards to spoil the element that customers look for before parting with top dollar to buy these brands.

  • xmizanx Posted: 3/28/2010 8:05pm PDT

    Volvo owners you are using Chinese car

  • VolvoFan Posted: 3/28/2010 6:09pm PDT

    If the decision to buy or not to buy a car is based solely on prejudicial rhetoric backed only by gross generalizations, circular logic, and stereotyping then it has no crdibility. It is a losing decision

  • fb_756493434 avatar Brian Posted: 3/28/2010 5:26pm PDT

    RIP Volvo

  • NoNameDenton Posted: 3/28/2010 4:57pm PDT

    Less then Ford wanted for the company but least they got rid of Volvo, whose sales are down.

  • David Posted: 12/30/2009 2:58am PST

    Personally I am cautiously optimistic about Volvo's future. I will not under-estimate Chinese because they have the ambition to be the world's best. I have no doubt that Chinese will do all they can to keep Volvo a world brand. I envision Volvo of tomorrow will be more luxurious and flashy than ever before Chinese takes it over. My concern is the long-term quality... I do hope Chinese will continue Volvo's tradition in Safety innovations and not cut corner just to save a few bucks. Will I buy a Volvo under Chinese's management? Probably not in the first few years. I will have to wait and see how Chinese manages Volvo.

  • bepsf Posted: 12/26/2009 6:43pm PST

    "My gut feeling says Chinese at least will not do things as stupid as GM did on Saab in the past decade."
    At least GM didn't put Melamine in Baby Formula, AntiFreeze in Toothpaste and paint toys with Lead Paint...

  • Matt Posted: 12/25/2009 4:53pm PST

    the biggest group to sign off would be the Swedish goverment, would they let a company close its factories that employ 45% of it work force????cars made in china will stay in china

  • fb_33701777 avatar fb_33701777 Posted: 12/23/2009 2:29pm PST

    nobody wants a chinese built volvo...no one wants a chinese built anything, besides great tasting sesame chicken and a interesting travel destination...

  • skl Posted: 12/23/2009 8:22am PST

    My gut feeling says Chinese at least will not do things as stupid as GM did on Saab in the past decade.

  • micro sd Posted: 12/20/2009 9:29pm PST

    Gas prices seems to be staying well below the $4/gallon levels they reached last summer. Our severe economic downturn--recession? depression?--has destroyed consumer confidence, cutting US auto sales by an unthinkable 40 percent and devastating all automakers.

  • js Posted: 12/18/2009 1:43pm PST

    If you think the Chinese are stupid enough to destroy the brand you are underestimating their desire on becoming major players in the automotive industry. The Chinese have a vested interest in keeping Volvo a world class brand. They want to improve their competitive edge - not destroy it. The same ignorant comments were made about the Japanese and Korean manufactures when they first introduced cars in North America. Remember when people were smashing Japanese cars in misguided “Buy American” rallies? Who won that battle? Hyundai were absolute death traps when they first arrived in the West now they are now a major player in the car industry and make decent cars. Jaguar and Land Rover are now owed by Tata an Indian company, and more brands will likely fall into Chinese or Asian hands. You can criticize the Chinese all you want but they are not stupid and they have the money and time to seriously take on the global automotive industry. The purchase of Volvo is a smart business move and one that may turn out to be as fruitful as the IBM-Lenovo merger.

  • bepsf Posted: 12/17/2009 9:19am PST

    Geely better do a rethink...
    If they buy Volvo, many people who would have been Volvo buyers will refuse to buy a Chinese car.

  • mac ram Posted: 12/16/2009 6:46pm PST

    Volvo is not the brand to go bigger. If China is going to support 50% of volvo volume where are the other bigger cars going to be sold. If we project fuel price forward by 4 years and say £4 per Ltr say 50SKr who in the world will be able to afford to run one? There is overcapacity and China is doomed if it thinks it can rule the world. In 4 years time Car sales in will be unsustainable. Why?? Think??