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Old 25th December 2009, 09:31   #1
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Ford announced today that it has come to terms with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. to sell the Volvo brand. Details of the sale, namely how much it’s for, were not released. But Ford says all “substantive commercial terms” have been settled. They basically just need to finish the paperwork, which should be completed early in 2010.

Ford said it would not “retain a shareholding in the business” after the sale goes through, but it could still work alongside the new ownership to develop technology. Currently, many of Ford’s products ride on platforms developed by Volvo.

Current Volvo owners in the U.S. shouldn’t expect to see much change in their current dealership and service operations in the short term or even the next few years. It’s expected Geely will continue to operate Volvo in much the same way Jaguar and Land Rover are being run under new, Indian-based ownership.
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Thats he new world order. India and China the new economic powerhouses are truly going Global. What with Tatas buying out Corus steel and JLR and Sunil Barthi Mittal making his intentions very clear to be amongst top Global telecom players ( narrowly missed out the MTN deal). Sure India and China are the world players in traditional industries like Manufacturing and new age Industries like IT services.

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Lightbulb Ford Sells Volvo !

It has been announced thatFord has entered into an agreement to sell Volvo and related assets to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in a $1.8 billion deal (Rs 815 crore).

To be completed by Q3 2010

Geely will own Volvo outright, with Ford retaining no shares in the company

but, Ford will continue to supply Volvo with powertrains, stampings and other vehicle components for unspecified time.

As part of the agreement, Ford also has vowed to provide engg. support, I.T. , access to tooling for common components, and other selected services for an unspecified transition time

btw Geely is 10th largest car maker in China.

My Opinion : Expect volvo cars to drop a few NCAP stars, what do you guys think?


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Well, i wish Geely all the best. But it seems like Ford is having its cake and eating it too if it retains the intellectual property of the engine and stampings. Those two being the USP of volvo cars means that there is no "real" and "tangible" capability that Geely has bought.
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If Geely knows whats good for Volvo, it will be to let Volvo manage the design of the cars. The good thing about this deal is that Volvo can make big in roads into China as an official car for supremo's (only locally made Audi's are considered at the moment). This is a large segment in itself. However the cars need to be made to volvo standards whatever. Geely should observe the resurgence of JLR and observe
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It has been announced thatFord has entered into an agreement to sell Volvo and related assets to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in a $1.8 billion deal (Rs 815 crore).
You missed a zero in the crores.

If Volvo continues to be in charge of design, I don't why safety will be compromised. But looks like the Swedes will have to leanrn Chinese now.
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You missed a zero in the crores.

If Volvo continues to be in charge of design, I don't why safety will be compromised. But looks like the Swedes will have to leanrn Chinese now.

Ooops sorry... Calculation mistake
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Has the safety ratings for JLR dropped? If Geely can provide a big market and give Volvo designers a free hand, it can flourish.
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It has been announced thatFord has entered into an agreement to sell Volvo and related assets to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in a $1.8 billion deal (Rs 815 crore).

Isn't $1.8bn more like Rs 8,150 crore?

Edit: Gilead pointed it out already. Whoops.
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Isnt this real Bad new for the current Volvo owners and also the prospective ones. I really dont see any good chinese car company.
Just when the s80 was growing on me.
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State Transport departments of several state in the country have introduced Volvo buses for both intra and inter city commutes.
And now looks like the government has to deal with China for servicing and also new purchases, if any.
Will the common man trust the reliability of these vehicles any more ?
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State Transport departments of several state in the country have introduced Volvo buses for both intra and inter city commutes.
And now looks like the government has to deal with China for servicing and also new purchases, if any.
Will the common man trust the reliability of these vehicles any more ?
Volvo Bus & Trucks (commercial biz) and Cars are totally different entity.

What you are talking about is related to Volvo AB, which is a major truck maker and evens owns legendary American Truck brands like MAck.

PS: Do you know what company Geeley is.??
Yeah the same one that made copies of RR Phantom.

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Geely is different from Tata. Everyone pointing out that it's the same thing, whether a company from India buys a premium brand or a Chinese one; they are all wrong in my opinion.

Unless Geely is a departure from most Chinese companies -all unscrupulous - Volvo is on thin ice.
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I dont know how good or bad it is but we definitely wouldn't like to see something like this happening to a Volvo

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A Volgo in the making
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