Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 16th March 2007, 17:36   #1
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 163
Thanked: 7 Times
Default Pics :Volvo to launch its S80 sedan and XC90 SUV in India around September this year.

Source: :: AUTOCAR INDIA - CAR AND BIKE MAGAZINE ::

Swedish carmaker Volvo, which is owned by Ford Motor Company, plans to launch its S80 sedan (pic) and XC90 SUV in India around September this year.

These cars, which will be imported fully built from the company’s factory in Gothenburg, are currently undergoing homologation in India.

The recent reduction in peak customs duty in the budget has not significantly impact its India pricing, which is estimated to be around Rs. 40-lacs for the S80 and Rs. 45 lacs for the XC90.
askicode is offline  
Old 22nd May 2007, 17:58   #2
BHPian
 
navdeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pune
Posts: 885
Thanked: 4 Times
Default

Swedish automaker Volvo has announced that they are establishing a wholly owned subsidiary here in the Indian market named Volvo Car India.

The company also announced their plans to import and market two of their most popular products S80 sedan and the XC90 SUV.

Volvo is already working on getting these two models homologated and hopes to start selling them within this year itself.

Market sources claim that the Volvo S80 sedan is expected to cost around Rs 35 lakh. The XC90 sedan is likely to be priced even higher considering these two are going to be imported into the country.

Volvo Car India to launch S80 sedan and XC90 SUV

Paul de Voijs, managing director, Volvo Car India said in a statement on their plans: “We are not considering assembly of vehicles in India at this point. But if and when we do consider importing CKD units and assembling cars here, we could consider using the manufacturing facility our parent company.”

Volvo Car India to launch S80 sedan and XC90 SUV

Market experts have said that the company is doing it right by not focusing on launching their smaller cars in the country at the moment. One analyst was quoted as saying to the media: “Volvo is more popular for its premium vehicles as compared to small cars. Besides, small cars Volvo makes will be very expensive by Indian standards.”





Volvo Car India to launch S80 sedan and XC90 SUV
navdeep is offline  
Old 22nd May 2007, 19:41   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
extreme_torque's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 3,546
Thanked: 1,317 Times
Default

I dont think many would plonk money for a volvo when they have E Class and BMW 5 series as options. The volvo just doesn't look "discreet".
And before some says safety, even the E Class is 5 Star material.
extreme_torque is offline  
Old 22nd May 2007, 19:47   #4
BHPian
 
appuchan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bangy
Posts: 641
Thanked: 16 Times
Default

Volvo has created a bus/truck maker image in the country already and will have tough time tiding over that to sell luxury cars. It would easily evoke questions like "Oh, do they make cars also ?!" among the public, even among the 'discreet' ones.

Last edited by appuchan : 22nd May 2007 at 19:48.
appuchan is offline  
Old 22nd May 2007, 20:38   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
lurker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tura
Posts: 1,308
Thanked: 641 Times
Default

As usual this two models are just for the rah-rah effect, conosseiurs will claim how superlative Volvo cars are, then the real product C-30 will be launched to compete against the likes of Skoda Fabia, Swift, SX4.
lurker is online now  
Old 24th May 2007, 10:36   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
lurker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tura
Posts: 1,308
Thanked: 641 Times
Default

Volvo, Ford join hands in India
Chanchal Pal Chauhan / New Delhi May 24, 2007


Volvo will cater to the high-end mkt, while Ford will feed the mid-size segment. Europe’s top-end car maker Volvo is planning an onslaught on the Indian market on the back of Ford India Ltd. Ford India’s parent, the US-based Ford Motor, owns Volvo’s car business. The Indian subsidiaries of the two companies are planning a joint strategy under which Volvo will cater to the high-end market, while Ford will feed the mid-size segment, as it did with the Ikon earlier and does now with the Fiesta. “Future launches in India could be a part of our global synergy with Ford Motor,” Volvo Car India Managing Director Paul de Voijs told Business Standard. He indicated that the two companies would work on a common platform to launch their cars in the country. “We could bring in vehicles having shared technologies (platform) with Ford Motor to increase our presence in India,” de Voijs added. Ford India President & Managing Director Arvind Mathew said, “Common platform models with Volvo cannot be ruled out in India.” Volvo plans to bring in its C30 and C70 cars, which share the platform with Ford’s Focus range of cars, to India sometime next year. Automobile analysts said a joint strategy could be an effective long-term growth plan for the two companies in the highly-competitive Indian market. “It seems to be a prudent strategy. Both the companies would leverage common technologies and resources to maintain their competitiveness,” said Arvind Jain, an analyst with Religare Securities. The platform-sharing strategy stems from the growing luxury car market in the A4 segment, which grew by 49 per cent last fiscal — to 40,964 units in 2006-07 from 27,529 units in 2005-06. This segment is being targeted by leading players like DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Audi and Porsche. Meanwhile, Volvo will make its debut in India with a sedan (S80) and a sports utility vehicle (XC90). Priced between Rs 45 lakh and Rs 60 lakh, these are expected to be launched later this year. As both the vehicles will be imported as completely built units (CBU) and attract a customs duty of about 110 per cent, their pricing will place them at the top end of the A5 segment.

Volvo, Ford join hands in India
lurker is online now  
Old 24th May 2007, 10:50   #7
k36
BHPian
 
k36's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 133
Thanked: 19 Times
Default

Saw a gray colour Volvo sedan coming out of ARAI yesterday. There was no attempt to hide its identity, but I couldn't see the model no. as I was driving in the opposite direction.
k36 is offline  
Old 24th May 2007, 11:16   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
lurker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tura
Posts: 1,308
Thanked: 641 Times
Default




Is the C30 better looking or the Fabia ?
lurker is online now  
Old 24th May 2007, 11:22   #9
Team-BHP Support
 
theMAG's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 7,033
Thanked: 1,470 Times
Default

Dont think the Volvo cars when launched will be exclusively branded as Volvo - due to Indian mindspace association with the bus manufacturer.

Expect a Ford-Volvo branding.
theMAG is offline  
Old 25th May 2007, 01:57   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
Godfather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Bangalore / Atlanta
Posts: 1,387
Thanked: 65 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theMAG View Post
Dont think the Volvo cars when launched will be exclusively branded as Volvo - due to Indian mindspace association with the bus manufacturer.

Expect a Ford-Volvo branding.
Huh!!.. why is that.. Volvos are sold worldwide exclusively branded as Volvo.. why should India be any different..

Godfather
Godfather is offline  
Old 25th May 2007, 13:27   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
jesal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 2,322
Thanked: 5 Times
Default

there is a regent blue s80 in my lane will try getting pics of the same. always driven in the nights.
jesal is offline  
Old 27th May 2007, 00:33   #12
BHPian
 
Insane Devil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 984
Thanked: 159 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lurker View Post



Is the C30 better looking or the Fabia ?
Will the C30 be cheaper or the Fabia?

There is no way u can compare the looks of this car with the Fabia, they are entirely differnt price segments mate!

u doing injustice to Fabia comparing it with this...
Insane Devil is offline  
Old 27th May 2007, 00:54   #13
Team-BHP Support
 
theMAG's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 7,033
Thanked: 1,470 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Godfather View Post
Huh!!.. why is that.. Volvos are sold worldwide exclusively branded as Volvo.. why should India be any different..

Godfather
Since in India the Volvo name has been cast in people's mindsets as the bus maker. They wouldnt know nor be able to make the cultural change with a non bus-maker car of the same name. Ford might want it recognized differently also. Even a famous car maker-Subaru had to rebadge the Forester as Chevrolet - not that it mattered in the end

Disclaimer: Before I'm asked abt the similarities with TELCO when it started cars, I dont have any short answer to that

Last edited by theMAG : 27th May 2007 at 00:55.
theMAG is offline  
Old 28th May 2007, 11:12   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 3,717
Thanked: 425 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lurker View Post
Volvo plans to bring in its C30 and C70 cars to India sometime next year.
C30? Really? If they actually do that then

But C70? A convertable in India?! They better rethink on that one!
amit is offline  
Old 28th May 2007, 12:38   #15
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sahil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,202
Thanked: 2,094 Times
Default

The new S80 is reallllllllllly good. . .If priced well it can do wonders. . . Any hints on the pricing yet?
Volvo should price it well below the E-class and 5 series to fill up the vacum in the 30 lakh segment.
Sahil is offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Luxury SUV – 2015 Toyota Landcruiser vs Volvo XC90 vishal9999 Luxury, Imports & Niche 28 13th March 2016 14:09
Volvo S90 to replace the S80; launch likely in 2015 Tushar The International Automotive Scene 1 15th April 2015 20:42
Volvo S60, S80 Refresh, New XC90 Coming. Edit: S80 launched at Rs. 41.35 lakh Abhas The Indian Car Scene 4 4th September 2014 11:31
Pics: Volvo XC90 SUV spotted in Bombay. Cyrus43 The Indian Car Scene 13 6th November 2013 13:25
2011 i10 Asta A/T - its Korean, its new, its fast, its red, and its coming. nirupesh Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 1 8th January 2011 10:45


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 21:49.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks