The XC90 bids you farewell

After 636,143 units and 12 years of fine motoring, the current model of the Volvo XC90 comes to an end. Since its launch in January 2002, the XC90 has changed the way an SUV should be. It combined robust motoring with fine luxury. 110714volvo_ie2 On the 7 January 2002, Volvo Car Corp. launched the Volvo XC90 to the public at the Detroit Motor Show. In its 12 years, the successful SUV won more than 100 international distinctions, even SUV of the Year in 2003. It was also named Sweden’s most valuable export product with a value of SEK 40bn per annum, just over €4.3bn, in its peak years.  Volvo dealers had received 15,000 orders before its production in 2003! After producing 636,143 XC90s, production came to an end today in Volvos plant in Torslanda, Sweden. The last XC90 will be driven straight from the factory to the museum, both located in Gothenburg. The current XC90 production will be moved to the plant in Daging and will be renamed to the XC Classic but will only be sold in China. The all new XC90 will be revealed in August and production will start at the end of January 2015. Here’s a little history of the XC90: “In August 1998, Volvo Cars project director Hans Wikman was commissioned to develop a proposal for a modern, 7-seater SUV that was not too large. The car project was named P28, was to be based on the same platform as the Volvo S80 and should be launched in 2002. The aim was to sell 50,000 cars a year, a goal that would be beaten by a clear margin – during the peak years 2004-2007, around 85,000 cars were sold each year. The USA has been the largest single market for the XC90, with record figures achieved in 2004 (38,800 cars sold) and 2005 (36,200)”. 110714volvo_ie1 Lex Kerssemakers from Volvo Car Corp. hopes that the next generation of the Volvo XC90 will be as successful as the last. I’m sure there are a few anxious customers out there waiting for the new XC90. So until August, the XC90 bids you farewell.

Interested in a first generation XC90? Well you can get one for a fraction of the original price. Here is a well specced 2004 XC90 with the 2.4 diesel engine for only €14,900.