The new locally-assembled Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine will be exported to select markets within the region, following the XC90 T8 Twin Engine.
“The S90 Twin Engine was made possible with the company’s ongoing USD11 billion transformation plan, including in-house development of the scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform which underpins all large Volvo models,” said Volvo Car Malaysia managing director Lennart Stegland.
The modular SPA platform allows for engineers and designers to introduce a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technology with different levels of complexities within the same architecture, generating significant amounts of scale.
Produced in Volvo’s Shah Alam facility, the new S90 T8 Twin Engine is the result of continual investments made by the company that spans infrastructure development, technology transfers and training of its local assets in recognition of Malaysia’s strategic importance for Volvo.
“The Shah Alam production plant was established in 1967 and we have always been consistent in expanding the capabilities of our local production facility to cater to the growing demand within this region and beyond,” said Stegland.
Currently, Volvo Cars will export its full model range from Malaysia to five markets – Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam – while another two markets, Laos and Cambodia, have been earmarked as potential export markets as well.
The company projects the export volume to be close to 5,000 cars annually in the next few years.
Malaysia’s strategic position within Asean which has a population base of almost 600 million people, supportive government policies and agencies, and Malaysia’s aspiration to become a hub for energy efficient vehicles (EEVs) are all contributing factors that bolster the carmaker’s commitment to the country.