Volvo expects increase in sales

Car manufacturer Volvo is predicting sales of more than 36,000 cars this year, with its UK order book at its strongest level for four years.

The past two years have seen sales decline to around the 30,000 mark, but increasing interest in the C30 and V50 models should boost the number this year, the company said.

Volvo sold 5,576 V50s over the whole of 2007, and sales so far this year are already close to that figure. Meanwhile, sales of the C30 recorded at the end of July showed a 22% increase on the previous year.

The company's market share grew from 1.25% to 1.5% after it saw overall sales increase by 20% year on year.

One of Volvo's main successes over the past year has been its R-Design package - available on a range of models - which includes front and rear spoilers and side skirting, 17in alloy wheels, and a whole host of interior upgrades.

"It's a great value for money package," said Mark Patterson, Volvo's general manager. "R-Design is a comprehensive design package that accentuates the sporting capabilities of each vehicle."

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