Volvo creates new shared mobility unit

Volvo Cars is to set up a new shared mobility business unit as part of a broad expansion of its car sharing and mobility services strategy.

The new business unit will be based around Sunfleet, one of the world’s first car sharing companies that has been operated by Volvo since 1998. Based in Sweden, Sunfleet has around 50,000 subscribers generating approximately 250,000 transactions in more than 50 Swedish cities.

While Sunfleet will form the core of the new business, Volvo said that it will in future be expanded into new global markets and provide an entirely new range of mobility services to meet changing consumer expectations around how they own and engage with cars.

‘Private car ownership will not disappear, but as a car maker we need to embrace the fact that it will reduce and – more importantly – change. We have a proven and profitable concept in our home market which we intend to leverage as we develop a global concept,’ said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars.

The chief executive of the new business will be Bodil Eriksson, currently vice president product, marketing and communications at Volvo Car USA and former senior vice president corporate communications.

‘Today’s notion of mobility and car ownership is changing. By recognising this fundamental and rapid shift in individual mobility behaviour and responding to it, we ensure that Volvo will continue to be relevant in the eyes of the consumer,’ said Mr Samuelsson.

Meanwhile, Volvo Car UK has appointed Chris Eady as head of network and distribution strategy. The newly created position will see Chris take responsibility for exploiting new retail opportunities for Volvo in the UK.