July 5, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
The S80L is the first new Volvo to hit the Chinese market under Geely’s ownership. The car is made in China by Volvo’s joint venture with Chang’an Automotive, the jv also makes the S40. Geely will continue production until their own Volvo-factory is ready, likely in 2012.
May 5, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
Minicar maker FAW-Jilin is a subsidiary of FAW, First Auto Works, and based in Jilin City, Jilin Province. The Senya S80 is a small SUV based on the Senya M80 which in turn is based on the Daihatsu Xenia. Daihatsu and FAW-Jilin had a joint venture for selling Daihatsu cars under the FAW-brand from july 2009 until january 2010 when Daihatsu suddenly pulled out. The two also operated a joint venture for auto parts which was dissolved at the same time.
FAW-Jilin however kept the factory and the platforms, they paid for that but how much is not sure. The M80 is FAW-Jilin’s first ‘self-developed’ vehicle, they say, but actually a restyled M80 with some added luxury so FAW-Jilin can ask more money for it.