Volvo Cars - 40 Years In Ghent

Volvo's Ghent Plant

Volvo S60

40 years ago this month, Volvo started producing cars in Ghent, Belgium - its first factory outside Sweden.

Prince Bertil of Sweden formally opened Volvo's Ghent plant in November 1965, and in the 40 years since it has produced more than three million cars and grown into one of Volvo Cars’ two main assembly plants¹ (alongside its Torslanda plant in Gothenburg, Sweden).

Initially, painted bodies were shipped to Ghent from Gothenburg, but in 1972 the plant became a complete car manufacturing plant with the addition of a body shop and a paint shop.

Today, some 5,200 Volvo employees in Ghent build the latest S40 saloon, V50 sportswagon, S60 saloon and V70 estate models, and in the past have also produced such Volvo classics as: the 120, 140, 240, 760, 740, 850, S70, and the previous V70.

Published 17 November 2005 Melanie Carter

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