Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine CKD 1

Aside from revealing that the Volvo S90 will be coming next year, Volvo Car Malaysia managing director Lennart Stegland also mentioned yesterday that the XC90 T8 Twin Engine – locally-assembled (CKD) at the Swedish Motor Assemblies (SMA) plant in Shah Alam – is already being exported to Thailand, albeit in very small quantities at the moment. Malaysia is Volvo’s production hub in the ASEAN region, he said.

“One of the important factors for having the production set up [in Shah Alam] is that we are included in ASEAN, which gives us the opportunity to move things in the easiest way,” Stegland said. “We are going to utilise that [by] having Malaysia as a point for our production in South East Asia. So we will see other countries in the future where we will have cars made in Malaysia shipped to the ASEAN region.”

Stegland also said that only six to seven units of the XC90 have been exported to Thailand so far, out of the 1,500 to 1,700 units VCM exports to the Land of Smiles every year – although that figure is set to increase. “Remember, we are supplying the Malaysian market first, and then we are supplying Thailand later on.”