Volvo has announced that it will build a new production facility in the Chinese city of Daqing, with the first product to roll down the assembly line being an "all-new premium sedan".
With China's voracious appetite for long-wheelbase sedans, smart money would be on that sedan being the S80s long-overdue replacement. Industry observers expect that car to spawn a long-wheelbase version that would likely carry an S100 designation.
Volvo's full range of four-cylinder turbocharged engines will feature, and a hybrid powertrain is also likely. What isn't likely is a V8 option, while it remains to be seen whether Volvo's T6 turbo inline six will continue to soldier on.
Built on Volvo's new Scalable Product Achitecture, the S80 replacement built in Daqing will likely be produced solely for the Chinese market.
China is presently the largest market for the Swedish automaker, with some 80,000 Volvos sold there this year. The Chinese car company Geely holds a majority stake in Volvo, and the Daqing city government itself also owns 37 percent of Volvo Cars.
Volvo doesn't make any mention of exactly when its new Chinese factory will be completed, but with the S80's replacement (which will in all likelihood be called the S90) due to make its global debut sometime next year, it can't be far away.
As for how it will look, expect the S90 to take most of its styling cues from last year's Coupe Concept (pictured).
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