Volvo and Geely open new R&D Centre image

Not so long ago, Geely announced it would use in the future technology and car platforms developed by Volvo for its own products, and now a new step towards that goal has just completed: a new research center in Gothenburg has begun operations.

The new Gothenburg R&D Centre will have as immediate task the development of a new modular architecture and components for the next generation of C-segment cars for both Geely Auto and Volvo Cars.

Mats Fagerhag, CEO of the new R&D Centre, commented: “The modular design which allows several different vehicle platforms to be developed from one single architecture has been a proven approach in the industry. This will ensure tailor-made solutions to multiple brands for various market segments. This joint R&D Centre with its combined strengths will enhance our competitiveness in technological leadership.”

Located in Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg, the Centre will take the advantage of industry-specific capabilities and abundant resources available in the region. Geely Group plans to invest heavily in the Centre to support its research and development as well as daily operations. At present, approximately 70 engineers have started working in the Centre and the two companies expect the full complement of 200 to be achieved by the second half of 2014.