It was back in 1998 when Volvo set about developing its first SUV. The brief was to build a seven-seater that wasn’t “too large”, and several design proposals were considered. Three and a half years later Volvo revealed the XC90 at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show and the rest, as they say, is history.
Volvo initially had an eye towards selling 50,000 units per year. It achieved that and then some, selling around 85,000 examples per year between 2004 and 2007. Now, after 12 years and 636,143 examples made – still over that initial target on average despite its lingering age that see it selling just 11,000 units these past few years – the last Volvo XC90 rolled off the assembly line in Gothenburg.
That final example is heading straight to the Volvo Museum adjacent to the factory. But it won’t, strictly speaking, be the last XC90. It is the last of that model to be built in Sweden, but a new model is on its way. And the current model will continue to be built in Daqing, China, to be sold locally as the Volvo XC Classic. So if you want to get your hands on a seven-seat Volvo crossover, you’ll have to move there. Otherwise you can wait until the end of January 2015 for the new model to begin production.
Last Volvo XC90 rolls off assembly line in Gothenburg originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.