Volvo and Geely to create green powertrain supplier Aurobay

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Volvo Cars and its parent company Geely Holding have agreed to create a joint venture under the name Aurobay for its powertrain operations, as the companies proceed with their earlier announced plans to establish a new, stand-alone business.

The new company will be a global supplier of complete powertrain solutions, including next-generation combustion engines, transmissions, and hybrid solutions.

Aurobay will initially be jointly owned by Volvo and Geely, and as part of the creation of Aurobay, Volvo will transfer all assets in its wholly owned subsidiary Powertrain Engineering Sweden.

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The transfer will include Skövde, a Sweden-based engine plant including the related R&D team, along with its engine plant in China, and other relevant assets to the joint venture in coming months, Volvo said. 

The creation of the stand-alone joint venture and the transfer of assets allow Volvo to focus fully on the development of its new range of all-electric premium cars in coming years.

The company aims for 50 percent of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars by 2025, while 50 percent will be hybrids, with powertrains supplied by Aurobay. By 2030, it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.

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For Geely, the new entity will benefit from the addition of a strong R&D team and advanced and efficient combustion engines and hybrid powertrains for its portfolio of brands, creating a strong base for substantial operational, industrial and financial synergies. 

The new stand-alone business also has the ambition to supply customers outside of the Geely Holding Group, and aims to be lead the supply of high-quality, low emission, cost-efficient powertrains solutions.

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