2015 X1, 2017 BRZ
Yep...I think the “Trump China Tariff” pretty much forced Volvo to source most if not all their US imports from Sweden or Belgium. For a while there I believe the XC60 and maybe some S90s came from China into the USA, but the tariffs made it non-competitive. I think some Volvos in Canada and the rest of the Americas (except USA) come from the China plants. Not sure about the XC40 EV though. I think the Belgium plant is having supply issues due to the chip shortage...maybe not as much of an issue in China, but the dealer here in Australia said he’s having to contact customers who placed orders and advise them that their car won’t come with a power tailgate!! Not sure if that was just XC40s or whether it was XC60s as well (which come from China for the Australian market).US XC40s are still coming from Belgium.
Fair enough. You can tell where the car is made by the VIN - the Chinese ones are LYV or LVY for first 3 digits of VIN. I agree political situation is not good, but the people of China are good people. We all know what a country’s leader can do to a country’s reputation!Volvos in Canada are mostly from Europe. XC40 P8 only from Europe. The one I am suppose to pickup mid October is from Belgium. However Some XC60 I have seen are from China. Canadians hate China. It will be super bad for Volvo. Made in China is the main reason I did not even test Polestar 2, no matter how good this car is.
just looked my VIN is LYVI thought so too, but when the dealer gave me the VIN it confirmed that the AUS ones are made in China...guess that’s why they’re cheaper than the UK and US? You can look at your VIN and if it starts with LYV it is assembled in China...if it starts with YV4 it was assembled in Belgium. FWIW most Volvos coming into AUS are now from China. I think the main exceptions are the S60 (USA) and possibly V60...I believe the XC40 Recharge EV is built in the same plant as the Polestar 2 and petrol XC40 - the Geely/Volvo CMA Super Factory. Not 100% sure on that. I don’t know if they build the plug-in hybrid XC40 there, so it may be coming from Belgium. TBH the quality out of the China plant is probably better than the Ghent plant as Ghent has a lot of complexity and is a very old plant, whereas the China plant only builds the CMA (compact modular architecture) and is fairly new plant.
But at least we get an opportunity to swap pour leader out ever 4 years and they are not elected for life.Fair enough. You can tell where the car is made by the VIN - the Chinese ones are LYV or LVY for first 3 digits of VIN. I agree political situation is not good, but the people of China are good people. We all know what a country’s leader can do to a country’s reputation!
I would hold off on the towbar, when i was picking up my car the dealer mentioned that they were fitting one and lots of problems with the electronics and systems in the car. They suggested waiting abitI looked at a tow bar for here and was told it is $2k aud, 750kg towing load
Pretty good so far. I just replied to your range post. We’re about the same as you with consumption/range. Had a few niggles with software and of course the Volvo Cars app is a bit hit and miss (more miss than hit actually). Noticed a few quality issues/defects - marks on the exterior rubber trim at the top of the door windows on the left side, a very tiny paint defect in the middle of the bonnet, and some tiny scratches on the RH headlamp lens only visible when you open the bonnet. Other than that, the quality/paint looks fantastic (very impressive!) We haven’t taken the car to the dealer at all as it’s in Melbourne COVID no-go zone and 100 km away. Will have to schedule to take it in to get them to look at the rubber door seals as I think they’ll need to be replaced as the rubber is gouged a bit (not something that will buff out!) I’m just concerned that in the process of replacing the seals, they may have to pull the door trim panels off, remove glass, etc, and something worse will happen like rattles or scratches caused by the R&R of parts to get at the seals. Maybe I’m just being paranoid but last time I owned a new car that needed warranty work it was a nightmare every time I took it in (that was a 1985 VW GTI back in the USA!! Times may have changed!)How is your car going Greg?
Is your car booked to go in to be fixed. Sounds like you have 2 of the fixable issues (one other person had a blind spot sensor issue on here that got fixed by service. )I've got a '22 xc40 twin, sadly the infotainment issues are a nightmare - 6 crashes in a 2hr drive yesterday, 2 on a drive today.
Also the wing mirror indicator inside the driver door continually flashes on the 'r' button.
Great car but dodgy electrics (ironic..) and the Google platform is very poor, I much prefer android auto (WhatsApp works etc).