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Volvo kicks off US production for S60

by Justin King

Hurricane Florence briefly interrupted operations at the company's first US manufacturing facility, located not far from Charleston, South Carolina.

Volvo has announced the official start of production at its first American manufacturing site in South Carolina.

The facility occupies 2.3 million square feet of the 1,600-acre property, providing plenty of room for assembly alongside office space and soon Volvo Cars University.

The plant is currently focused on producing the all-new S60 sedan, due to arrive in showrooms later this year.

Some US automakers have been shifting sedan production away from their home market as the segment continues to shrink. Volvo has hedged its bet by preparing to build the next-generation X90 alongside the S60 in 2021.

The company briefly halted operations at the Ridgeville factory as coastal residents evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence's arrival.

The plant is designed to produce up to 150,000 vehicles annually.

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