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Volvo’s lineup expansion goes on with the new V90 station wagon, a model built at the automaker’s plant in Torslanda, Sweden.

The Swedish premium brand completed this week the build of the first customer-bound V90 station wagon, only a few weeks after the first S90 flagship sedan rolled off the assembly line at Volvo’s manufacturing plant in Torslanda, Sweden. The estate is the third model that goes into production on the Volvo’s in-house developed modular vehicle architecture SPA, following the S90 and the XC90 SUV. The recent increase in output pace “forced” the company to almost double its staff at the Torslanda plant in the last two years, to a current total of around 6,300 employees, while it has also hired around one thousand engineers over that period.

“Taking the new V90 into production is an important milestone for Volvo,” Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive, said. “We have invested heavily in preparing the Torslanda plant for building SPA vehicles and it is encouraging to see the positive response to the new 90 cars. We are going from strength to strength, as our transformation plan continues to bear fruit.”

After 2015 has been its best year in the brand’s history, reporting for the first time more than half a million cars sold worldwide, Volvo set a target of hitting 800,000 cars globally. To hit such goals, the automaker has been implementing an 11-billion-dollar transformation plan since 2010 that has involved the development of its own modular vehicle architecture, a new engine range, an improved global manufacturing capability and a complete revamp of its entire car range – which is to be finalized over the next three years.