Volvo is the most recent car company to begin assembling its vehicles in the United States. On Sept. 6, 2018, the Swedish automaker rolled its first S60 sedan out of a new factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, roughly 30 miles northwest of Charleston. The 2.3 million square-foot facility, Volvo's first assembly plant in North America, will eventually turn out 150,000 vehicles per year, after the next-generation 2021 XC90 SUV comes online.
Right now, though, the plant is operating at about one-third of capacity, which gives Volvo some wiggle room to invite members of the media like me, with absolutely zero auto-manufacturing experience, onto an active production line to help assemble a car. That makes me one of only a few people outside of Volvo to get this level of access.
I hope I don't mess anything up.
Read the full story, "Volvo's US manufacturing operations are more human than machine," at www.cnet.com.
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