2011 Volvo XC60
The only thing more frustrating than walking into a dealership and hearing that the vehicle you want is weeks away is learning that the wait may, in fact, be months. According to a report in AutoNews, customers patiently hoping for a chance to drive off in the popular Volvo XC60 should soon get a break.
As a midsize crossover, the XC60 has enjoyed a good bit of success in the U.S. (Here at TCC, we scored it an impressive 8.6 out of 10.) It's a strong performer as crossovers go, it's stylish, and like most Volvos, it comes with an array of safety features.
Unfortunately, the facility that manufactures the XC60 in Ghent, Belgium hasn't been able to keep pace with demand. As a result, Volvo dealers have complained to their higher-ups that the brand is losing customers to automakers with more crossovers on their lots.
Recently, Volvo hired an additional 200 workers at that Belgian plant, and it's now running three production shifts each day. In 2012, the company expects to churn out an additional 12,000 XC60s, roughly half of which will find their way to North America.
And that's not all: Volvo's new owners in China are building a plant there, too. That facility should open its doors in 2013, helping Volvo meet China's growing demand for the XC60 and allowing Ghent to send more of its vehicles to the U.S.
Bottom line: if you need an XC60 today, you may still be looking at a wait. But if you can hold off on that purchase a few more months, your local dealer's inventory should be markedly improved.