Volvo chasing 10,000 gross sales in 2021

Virtually each model is doing higher than in a COVID-riddled 2020, however Volvo believes its robust post-lockdown rebound has it on monitor for an enormous objective.

Volvo Automotive Australia’s managing director, Stephen Connor, says the corporate is on monitor to crack 10,000 automobile gross sales for the primary time.

That’s on the again of 4 successive months of gross sales progress, with Volvo’s year-to-date gross sales up by practically 84 per cent to 3411 models.

In April, Volvo offered 794 automobiles, or 176 per cent greater than 12 months in the past.

“Now we have maintained a really constant double-digit gross sales trajectory this 12 months that has enabled us to safe much more manufacturing for quarter three and quarter 4, so I’m assured 10,000 gross sales are very achievable for us in 2021,” mentioned Mr Connor.

Volvo says it might have achieved even higher had 300 autos not been held up in native quarantine inspections in April, although this implies Might could possibly be one more month of progress for the model.

Final 12 months, Mr Connor’s predecessor, Nick Connor (no relation), instructed CarExpert Volvo Automotive Australia had been focusing on round 9000 models in 2020 earlier than COVID-19 hit.

In 2019, Volvo offered 7779 autos whereas in 2020 its gross sales have been primarily flat at 7700 gross sales, a decline of simply 1.0 per cent.

That meant it weathered 2020 higher than the likes of Land Rover (down 28.6 per cent), Lexus (down 8.0 per cent) and Mercedes-Benz Automobiles (down 7.9 per cent), although Audi was up by 1.0 per cent and BMW was up 0.9 per cent.

Volvo’s crossover line-up deserves the glory for its progress, with S60 sedan and V60 wagon gross sales paltry at finest with 30 and 14 models year-to-date respectively.

The corporate has offered 1424 examples of its XC40 thus far this 12 months, making it the second best-selling automobile within the small luxurious SUV section behind solely the Audi Q3 (2143 gross sales).

The XC60 can be a podium finisher with 1374 gross sales, outsold within the mid-sized luxurious SUV section by solely the Mercedes-Benz GLB (1437) and BMW X3 (1429).

Volvo has additionally offered 569 XC90 crossovers thus far this 12 months, placing it forward of rivals just like the Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg (499 and 542) and inside placing distance of the Lexus RX (630).

The shift to a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee in 2020 offers Volvo a promoting level over the likes of BMW and Lexus, which have shorter guarantee intervals.

Whereas the native arm has discontinued the V90 Cross Nation and can drop the V60 wagon, it has recent product coming this 12 months.

That features the oblique alternative for these two autos, the V60 Cross Nation, which is due within the third quarter of this 12 months, plus a freshened model of the XC60 on the similar time.

Volvo’s first all-electric mannequin, the XC40 Recharge EV, can be due earlier than the tip of 2021.

It’ll be adopted subsequent 12 months by the associated C40 Recharge EV, with Volvo planning to launch 5 all-electric fashions over the following 5 years.

The all-electric Polestar model can be launching in Australia this 12 months. Whereas it’ll be offered as a standalone model in Australia, Polestar autos will likely be serviced and repaired in Volvo dealerships.

All Volvos offered in Australia from July 2021 onwards will likely be mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric.

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