Volvo debuts three cars at the Detroit Auto Show: the sporty version of the XC90, the R-Design, the crossover version of the S60 sedan, the Cross Country, and the long-wheelbase S60 built in Chengdu, China.
Called the S60 Inscription on this side of the planet, the extended-wheelbase S60 is nothing new in China. Since Asian customers are obsessed with rear legroom, the Volvo S60L went on sale on parent company Geely's domestic market in early 2014. But now, it's time for America to stretch those legs.
Volvo says "class-leading rear space was consistently requested by US customers", and while the S60 Inscription will remain a low-production vehicle, they claim nobody should worry about their premium sedan's country of origin because Volvo's Chinese plant has been built so that it can guarantee the same quality as the Swedish mothership.
Exports to the US will start in the second quarter of this year, and if you think about it, there should be nothing to worry about when it comes to buying the first mainstream Chinese-built car in America.
After all, the device you read this post on was most likely built in China, and the MacBook Air I'm using to write down these words was also assembled there. I've been hitting it hard since January, 2013, and it still rocks.