Volvo’s Ghent plant in Belgium builds 5 millionth car image

Volvo Car Group’s plant in Ghent, Belgium, has marked the manufacturing of the five millionth car since it started operating in 1965.

The fifth millionth car was a Volvo V40 D2 that rolled off the assembly line in Ghent at the end of 2012. The 5,000 plant employees got to sign their names on the car, which today is on display at the Brussels Motor Show. The Ghent plant has grown into Volvo’s largest in terms of the number of cars produced, according to Lars Wrebo, Senior Vice President Manufacturing at Volvo Car Group.

“Since 2004 production has increased noticeably following our decision to focus production of Volvo’s smaller models here. Volvo Car Gent will continue to be a cornerstone of our industrial structure,” Wrebo said in a press release.

Over the last couple of years, Volvo Car Gent has produced more cars than ever before. 2011 was a record year, with 265,000 cars built. 2012 became the third best year in the plant’s history with 258,000 built cars. The plant currently makes three different Volvo car models.

The Volvo XC60 was introduced in 2008 and is currently the best-selling Volvo globally. Since last year the Volvo V40 and its V40 Cross Country variant are also built here, with the third model produced in Ghent being the Volvo S60, produced since 2010.