Garaget International - A Podcast with Magnus Sundemo

This is the third episode from my visit at Lotus Cars and their facility in Hethel in Norwich England.  This time you will meet the head of design Russel Carr. He will tell you about the importance of Lotus design and especially about the story behind the new hypercar from Lotus the Evija.  I will also talk with Matt Windle about engineering and David Hewitt about manufacturing of today’s hand built Lotus sportscar.

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I’m back with the second episode from my visit at Lotus Cars October 2019 and their facility in Hethel in Norwich England. This time you will meet Clive Chapman, son to the legendary founder of Lotus Cars Colin Chapman and Gavan Kershaw that is responsible for handling and performance of today’s Lotus sports car.

Welcome to Garaget International! 

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I visited Lotus Cars in their facilities in Hethel, Norwich England in mid-October where the legendary engineer genius Colin Chapman founded Lotus Cars more than 70 years ago. An amazing place. Lotus is now a part of the Geely group and I was so interested to understand what that has meant for the brand and the company and how the future looks like. This is the first episode in a series of episodes from Lotus Cars. In this first episode I meet with Geoff Dowding director of sales and Simon Clare director for Global marketing. Welcome to Garaget International! 

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In this episode you will meet Joe Lin and Jerker Andersson.

They are both winner of the 2018th Shufu Award, founded by Geelys chairman Li Shufu.

Their backgrounds differ a lot but there are also similarities. They have made great achievements for the Geely group and they are both passionate about their work. 

We talk about what made them winner of the award and what it has meant for them to receive this achievement. Welcome to Garaget International! 

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Niclas Anderson is Director for Supplier quality for Volvos and Lynk&Co’s small platform, CMA.  His workplace is CEVT in Gothenburg and his job is to secure the quality for all components within the region of Europe.

But the success of his work is depending on that he can work together with people from China and Europe and from Geely and Volvo and suppliers from all over the world.

We talk about what the challenges are and what opportunity this gives him in his daily work. Welcome to Garaget International! 

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I meet two of the co-workers at Volvo Cars innovation lab in a cool office in the city centre of Gothenburg earlier this spring.  It was Lotta Ahlberg and old friend with a mixed history from Volvo Cars from Innovation support and Ergonomics and Paul Aston a fresh Volvo employee with a background as tech designer with a lot of experience from the non-automotive business.

LABS has been in operation for less then two years and they have a mission to innovate new business for Volvo cars. Some ideas is soon reaching real customers and some are still only ideas. Join our conversion and get inspired!

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Welcome to celebrate the one hundred episodes of this podcast. We recorded it in front of a live audience for the first time. Anna Margitin, Board member of Volvo Car group and union leader was co-host for this anniversary. Culture was on the agenda and we had a very interesting guest on board; Lex Kerssemakers SVP and responsible for Direct Consumer Business at Volvo Car. He is a passionate advocate of a strong company culture and has recently been out in social media in this matter. And as a bonus you get the song from the eighties “The spirit of Volvo” in the end of this episode. Warm welcome to join us in this historically episode.

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Peter Horbury is more or less synonym with Geely Design that started as a seed six years ago with less than 10 people. They have now grown to a global design organisation present on three different continents with more than 900 employees.

Peter and I meet at his office in Lindholmen, Gothenburg and spoke about the incredible success for Geely Auto and the part that Design has played. Geely Design is now responsible for the design of next generation Lotus cars and this is sort of dream coming true for Peter. We also talk about possible synergies in the Geely group and how we can learn from each other. Welcome to the conversation.

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Håkan Samuelsson is a recurring guest in Garaget. This time we talk about the challenges in today’s tougher business environment and how to meet them in a constructive way. He wants to stimulate job rotation and use the potential in all employees in order to increase efficiency. More focus to group around a challenge and a mission and less on boxes and a firm organization. Håkan is also convinced that Volvo need new ways to reach consumers but that today’s retailers has to be part of the new infrastructure.  Electrification and autonomous drive is also focus area’s for Volvo that we cover in our dialog. Welcome to Garaget International!

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Thomas Ingenlath is the CEO and the incarnation of Polestar, the new car brand in the Geely group.  We meet in Polestars new office “The cube” in Torslanda Gothenburg a bright Saturday morning and had a very relaxed talk about where Polestar is today and where the company is heading for the future. It’s a new company with a new unique culture but with very close bonds with its parent’s Volvo Cars and Geely. Polestar just launched its second car Polestar 2 that is a pure electric car with ambitions to compete with cars like the Tesla model 3. But for Thomas this is only the beginning. He sees lots of opportunities for the future and I quote him: “The sky is the limit!” Welcome to Garaget International!

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In this episode you will meet Carl-Peter Forster. He has an impressing experience and CV from more than 30 years in the car business. He has worked for BMW, has been the president for GM-Europe, CEO for the Tata-group including Jaguar and Land Rover and much more. He has also been a member of Volvo Cars Board more since early 2013 and is now leaving that position. He share his thoughts about what made the turn around of Volvo Cars possible and how to meet future challenges. He praise the Volvo engineers and there importance for the success. We discuss the impact and influence from Geely as owner and what that has meant for Volvo Cars and what opportunities it will give Volvo for the future. Welcome to Garaget International!

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In this episode you will meet the director for MobilityXlab Katarina Brud. MobilityXlab is situated in the heart of the mobility cluster in Lindholmen Gothenburg and is a place where tech startups can accelerate their development by accessing competence from leading mobility experts. MobilityXlab was launched during the fall 2017 and the partners is CEVT, Ericsson, Veoneer, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group & Zenuity. The initiative is hosted by Lindholmen Science Park. Welcome to Garaget International!

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In this episode you will meet Gang Wei. Hi is responsible for the new Geely Innovation Center that is under construction in Gothenburg.

This innovation centre will be a landmark in the middle of the mobility cluster at Lindholmen in Gothenburg with room for more than three thousand engineers, designers and researchers and innovators when its ready 2022.

Listen to Gang and his vision and thoughts about this exciting project that invites start-ups and innovators to join Geely’s journey to be one of the global leaders in tomorrow’s mobility landscape.

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Welcome to Garaget International.

In this episode you will meet Mats Fägerhag CEO in CEVT, China Euro Vehicle Tecnology, owned by the Chinese company Geely, the same company that owns Volvo Cars since 2010.

CEVT is a rather new automotive engineering company with it’s base in the heart of the mobility cluster at Lindholmen in Gotheburg, today with more then 2000 employees.

CEVT has made an incredible journey since the start 2013 and Mats freely share his experience trough the last five years.

Welcome to this exciting episode!

 

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Alain Visser is the CEO of Lynk & Co. We meet at his office in Lindholmen, Gothenburg earlier this fall and talked about what it takes to create an entirely new Car brand.

Lynk & Co is a very special brand with huge ambitions. The first models have already meet buyers in China and they will probably sell nearly 150 000 cars already 2018 and the ambition is to sell half a million cars already 2020. And the demand is huge from customer. The plan is then to expand and offer a new type of mobility globally with start in the Netherlands. We also talked about the culture in the company with a large influence from China. The main difference is “speed” and “cost”. Welcome to the conversion.

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Einar Gudmundsson and the revolution at the dealer Rejmes

Einar was appointed CEO at Rejmes five years ago and since then the company has made an unbelievable journey from worse to best in class in a lot of different aspects. Rejmes is now number one dealer in Sweden in most of the customers surveys that Volvo Cars runs to measure customer satisfaction. We talk about this journey and what the drivers are. A main reason is that management has focused on supporting all the employees in their daily work and Einar as CEO meets and talk with all the 100 employee in three sites every week. There is a huge interest in the revolution at Rejmes and Volvo Cars Sweden has assigned Rejmes to be benchmark when it comes to customers satisfaction. Please welcome to the conversation.

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Summer special - Xiaolin Yuan head of Volvo Asia Pacific

Xiaolin was appointed Senior vice president of the market area Volvo Asia Pacific in February 2017. It includes China that is the largest single market of Volvo Cars today. We talk about the reasons of the rapid growth for Volvo in China and especially what challenges Volvo Cars meet. We also talk about the Volvo culture and what Xiaolin learned during his stay at Volvo Headquarter in Göteborg when he held the position as head of Charimans Office at Volvo. Welcome to this episode!

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Care by Volvo featuring Patrik Illerstig

Care by Volvo is a new way to address the need and wish for hassle free car ownership and mobility. The concept was launched a year ago and since February this year Patrik Illerstig joined Volvo as the CEO in order to boost the concept. Patrik came with a lot of experience from E-commerce and joined our company after looking for a really challenge, a company with sound values and a word class company. And the choice fell on Volvo Cars. The concept “Care by Volvo” is already a success in the US and is now spread all over the globe. It’s essential to build on a common bas concept but adapt it to the needs and the conditions on each market. Volvo Cars is again a pioneer and a frontier. An idea we discuss is to use some of our company cars in order to test and develop the concept to the next level. Who doesn’t want a hassle free car? Welcome to this inspiring and challenging episode!

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The Agile transformation

Volvo Cars is just in the middle of a dramatic change in how we work together. We call it the Agile transformation and is about a fundamental change in how we interact with one another. The Agile methodology is valid when we develop anything from a new software to an entire new car. In this episode you will meet Anna Sandberg and Magnus Lindh, that are deeply involved in supporting this change. They both believe that Agile work methods drastically can increase the efficiency in the daily work and help everyone to do a better job. It build on trust and the believe that everyone wants to contribute and do their part of the task without need of a lot of control. That will make the job both more inspiring and more fun and the result will be better. But of course we need training so get ready and get on board! Welcome to this inspiring and challenge episode!

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Emelie Emanuelsson a true womengineer

Emelie is one of two founders of the organization Womengineer. Their goal is that 2030 50% of all graduated engineers in Sweden should be women. They believe in that the reason why women is still a minority at the technical university’s in Sweden is because lack of information to possible girl candidates. Emelie is an employee at Volvo Cars since 2015 and holds a position as product owner for clean air quality and enjoy her work and find it extremely fun, exciting and developing.

The work with womengineer is all voluntary and includes organisation an yearly event called IGE(Introduce a Girl to Engineering)-day that let nearly 2000 girl from 12-19 year to visit a workplace and understand what it could be working as an engineer. Volvo Cars was one of the sponsors earlier this spring and opened up for several girls to visit our offices and plants. Get inspired and listen to Emelie – a true role model for coming generation of womengineer!

 

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Meet Shahbaz Kahn - traffic general in Goteborg

Shahbaz is newly appointed chairman of the Traffic board of Goteborg. We have an intense discussion in Goteborg about the new train tunnel “the west link” and that discussion is something that we handle. But most important is how the world leading mobility cluster in Goteborg that has rapidly developed the last 10 years can collaborate with the city and the academy to strengthen all parties. The city is already a test arena for new technologies with the “Driveme-project” and others but we have all opportunities to develop it to a entirely new level.

When it comes to banning diesel cars in the city Shahbaz is clear that he is against this kind of prohibition. This will only close the city for people with less resources and is not a tool he want to use. He wants to work with positive motivation so people voluntary pick traffic solutions that is both efficient and good for the environment. And he is very interesting in visiting Volvo Cars to explore possible opportunities to collaborate in finding both short- and long-term solutions on traffic challenges. Welcome to the conversation.

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Meet Håkan Samuelsson, CEO at Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars had a great 2017 and a fantastic start of 2018 with lots of great achievements and awards. Håkan’s view is that this has created a sound self-confidence in the whole company that also is necessary in order to move forward. But we cannot lean back on old victories. Håkan introduce a new idea of an organisation that builds on a clear vision and mission but without all detailed roles and hierarchies. An organisation that organize itself and is much more flexible than today’s organisation. His vision is to release people from detailed role description that hinder them, and instead “bring out the best” from each and every one and be able to get passionated about the job. Please welcome to a challenging and interesting conversation!

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Meet Hanna Fager, head of HR at Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars is going through a dramatic transformation and that put a lot of challenges on all of our employees including the head of HR. The company has doubled the number of employees since 2008 and we need to focus on what is important. Hanna look on 2018 as a year when we need to consolidate what has been achieved the last years and to find new way to “group around a challenge” and leave the bureaucracy behind. We need to develop our leadership skills and that goes for all of us , not only our formal managers. Welcome to on intense and inspiring session with Hanna.

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Meet Martina Buchhauser Volvo Cars new head of Procurement

Martina is new Senior Vice President for Procurement at Volvo Cars since October 2017. She has a background from GM both in the US and in Germany and the last years from BMW. She has made a flying start with a rapid reorganization, focusing in early involvement from procurement from the start in the development process in order to get the best supplier on board as early as possible. She wants to establish a true global procurement organization, getting both quality and material cost right and trying to find a solid process for capacity. We had an intense conversation and she encourage everybody that has anything important to share to contact her. Her door is open and she is open to listen.

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Joint Venture with Geely - an opportunity to coolaborate

2017 a new company was founded called Geely Volvo Automobile Technology. The scope for this Joint Venture company between Volvo Cars and Geely Auto is to share technology in order to save resources and use our common competence in the Geely group as optimal as possible.

We have already reaped the fruit of successful corporation when Volvos first car the XC40 on the common CMA-platform just won the prestigious award “Car of the year 2018”. The JV-company has two offices. One in Göteborg and one in China. Hans Lindh with a long carrier for more than 30 years is the CEO of the Goteborg based office. We meet and talked about the setup of the company and all opportunities but also on risks for this new corporation. Please join us in the dialog.

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Circular economy - increase profit and save the planet

In this episode you will meet Mats Williander. He is a researcher at RISE- Victoria Institute at Lindholmen, Goteborg with focus on sustainability and new business models that could help business both increase profit and at the same time save the planet. He has studied “Circular economy” that is a tool to both develop the business and revenues and in the same time develop long term sustainability in order to save resources and build a eco systems that will work for coming generations. We discuss especially how this model could be adopted to the automotive industry and future mobility. Welcome to an challenging and inspiring discussion and conversation.

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Bodil Eriksson and Volvo mobility service

Bodil is the CEO for the newly started initiative called Volvo mobility services. This initiative address the fact that more and more people ask for flexible mobility to meet their communication needs without having to buy or lease their own car. Volvo has been sort of a pioneer in this area with Sunfleet that has been operating for 20 years and their operation is a starting point for this service but the ambition is to lift it to an entire new level and to implement it globally. Bodil’s team is situated in the very heart of Stockholm in an office called Epicenter, where a lot of start-ups and dynamic company share office and space in order to cross fertilize between the different companies. This new services have fierce competition both from companies as Uber and Google but also from OEM’s like BMW and VW. But they believe that they have an unique business idea and work intense to be able to launch their first offers to the public in 2019. We wish them good luck!

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XC60 launch

In this episode you will meet Karl-Johan Ekman and Magnus Olsson, two key persons in the development and launch of the new XC60 that was presented last year. The project has been extremely successful and the car has received several very prestigious awards such as the 2018 North American Utility of the Year. The XC60 is the fourth car on the SPA platform and the ramp up in production went extremely smooth. We talk about leadership and trust and how important that is in order to succeed. Please join us in this interesting dialog.

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Oskar Falk

Oskar is site manager for Volvos engine plant in Skövde. He has also been deeply responsible for the establishment of our first engine plant in China in Zhangjiakou. We talk about both struggles in this challenge but also what has been the success factories now when its running and produce engines both to our factories in Chengdu and in Daqing and soon also in Luqiao when Volvo will start producing the new XC40 in 2018.

A critical question for the future for a plant that produce combustion engines is of course what will happen when the amount of electrified cars will increase. Oskar is a optimistic and sees more opportunities then risks and maybe we will see electric engines in the future produced in Volvos engine plants. Welcome to an interesting talk.

I also want to thank you for all feedback during the year and look forward to a very exciting 2018 in the Garage with a lot of interesting visitors. Happy new Year!

Magnus

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Thomas Ingenlath

Thomas is back in the Garage but not as Senior Vice president for Design at Volvo Cars but as CEO of the new car brand Polestar. Polestar has launched their first model #1, a beautiful performance coupe with impressing electric range as a plugin hybrid as well as a high end performance car. The media attention has been great and the interest in this new car brand with its natural connection to Volvo Cars is fantastic. We talk about Thomas new role as CEO and Polestar as a company that is a natural complement to Volvo Cars when it comes to positioning. Polestar has all the ingredients and the potential to compete with all he top competitors in the segments including Tesla. It will be exciting and thrilling to follow the future of Polestar. Welcome to the conversation.

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Michael Fleiss

Michael came to Volvo from Bentley and Volkswagen six years ago and became soon Vice President for Volvo Cars Powertrain engineering. He started his automotive career in his father’s garage fixing neighbours cars, 10 years old and has since then been a true car enthusiast. Since not quite a year he entered a new era in his career as Vice President for Vehicle hardware.

We talk about the shift to electrification and what impact that could mean for his new area and for the whole industry. We also talk about leadership behaviour and what he brought from Volkswagen but also what he learnt at Volvo and what he appreciate from our working culture. For Michael knowledge and technology skill is an essential part of his leadership and that will not change dramatically in his organisation even when we introduce new way of working in product streams and with agile work processes. Management and Technology cannot be strict divided. Welcome to the conversation.

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Katarina Eriksson and Simon Lundqvist – two talented team leaders

Katarina and Simon are both team leaders in the Torslanda plant and work on the pallet line with assembly of engines, fuel tanks, exhausts systems and much more. We talk about all the challenges on the assemble line with high work load and stress, but also about an inspiring workplace with lots of ambition to improve quality and to deliver better and better. We discuss Volvo Cars culture and their dreams and wish for the future. They are young and enthusiastic and they are an essential part of Volvos bright future. Welcome to the conversation.

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Philip Nordahl – An unique Volvo career

Philip Nordahl was only 22 years old when he decided to pack the bag and go to China to sign up for Greely’s team who was set to acquire Volvo Cars. The year was 2009 and Ford had just went official that Volvo Cars was for sale. His exciting journey started in a Geely plant as a spot welder to test him and find out if he was a spy or not. Today he is making a successful career at Volvo Cars and his message is clear: - If you get a chance – jump on it! Welcome to the conversation.

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Smart cities – a treat or an opportunity

In this episode we discuss ”smart cities” with Karolina Bjurhed and Martin Ivarson. Smart cities that is liveable, workable and can provide good quality of life for their citizens. In a smart crowded city a traditional car is questioned. But was does that mean for us as a car company today and in the future? How can we be part of this development and use it as an tool to grow and build new business opportunities? Karolina and Martin is working on a strategy on this subject and they invite you all to participate in the discussion.

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Dennis Nobelius – an autonomus CEO

Many of you know Dennis from his long and successful career at Volvo Cars in a lot of different positions. His career peaked at Volvo Cars as program manager for the XC90 that was launched some years ago and was a mega success. But since nearly a year ago he has been leading the process to develop a brand new company; “Zenuity”. I visited him at his and Zenuity’s brand new office in Lindholmen and got the chance to talk about this new company, a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Autoliv. It was thrilling and exiting and the ambition is to be one of the leaders in the world when it comes to software engineering for autonomus vehicles. A field that will revolutionize the entire automotive landscape in the coming decade. But we talked also about leadership, a flat organisation and what motivates the people in this very exciting and rapidly growing company. Welcome to the conversation.

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Garaget 71. Sofia Granath

Sofia is director for digitalization at Autoliv since February 2017 and have an impressive CV with experience from a variety of different areas. She look at herself as being a little bit crazy. She believe in the potential in the human being and have hope and faith that everything is possible. She’s loves problem solving and values open organizations, where not only leaders should initiate products and changes. We talk a lot of different possibilities with new technology to solve the daily challenges in everyday life including needs for more efficient mobility services. Welcome to the conversation.

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 Per Gyllenspetz – an outsiders reflection on Volvo cars

Per is a designer, innovator, mobility expert, teacher, researcher with a past as designer at Volvo cars mainly in the eighties and the nineties. I asked him to challenge Volvo Cars of today and give his thoughts of what to prioritize for the future. He talks about the “big curve” meaning that we have to deviate from a linear development and to embrace change and new radical thinking to be able to be a true sustainable company. Welcome to the conversation!

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RCC – How good is Volvos internal consultants?

Some of the internal consultants at RCC (Resorce & Competence Centre) meet in a round table talk about what it is to work as an internal consultant at Volvo Cars. What are the pros and cons in being an internal resource and what are the reactions from customers and colleagues. Can you do a career within RCC? Will RCC continue to grow and what does it take to be an RCC-consultant. Meet Johanna Wennberg, Reiner Gustavsson, Charlotte Hammarström, Jesper Nerhed and Britta Berg in this episode of the Garage.

 

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Johan Nyhus – "infarstrukturministern” i Göteborg

Johan är kommunalråd i Göteborg och ansvarig för trafik och infrastrukturen i vår stad. Många av oss på Volvo har ibland uppfattat våra politiker som bilfientlig men den bilden vill Johan ändra på. Han kör själv gärna bil och har i år varit på husvagnssemester med sin familj. Han öppnar öppet spjället fullt för samarbetsidéer mellan fordonsindustrin och staden och vill gärna se vår stad som en ledande testa arena för framtida mobilitet. Han lovar att driva dessa frågor hårt politiskt så att Göteborg kan bli den mest framstående staden i Europa och gärna i världen i detta avseende. Välkommen med i samtalet där Johan också får dela sin bild av Västlänken och Göteborgspaketet.

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Henrik Green - Strategist and coffee connoisseur

Henrik is Vice president for Product & Quality since December 2016 but has a long history at Volvo Cars in severely different positions since more than 20 years. Henrik is eager to communicate with all his co-workers and write a letter every week in a lot of interesting subjects. We discuss the latest announcement that all new Volvo Cars will be electrified in 2019, how we as a company can work in the same direction in order to take on all new challenges and what new business models can mean if the cars are shared instead of personal owned in a near future. We also talk about our company culture and what coffee you should enjoy during your holiday to get the best experience. Please welcome to the conversation.

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Lex Kerssemakers – stay razor sharp

Lex is Senior Vice president for Volvo Cars in the Americas since 2015 and he has lead the organization during a crucial transformation and manged to start the turn around of our US-market. Last year we increased the sales with nearly 20% and the question for 2017 is if can keep the pace and the increasing trend. We discuss obstacles and opportunities on this challenging market and what the US premium customers search for when the look for a new car. How important is electrification and is the US-customer ready for car sharing?

He urges us all to stay razor sharp in a competitive business where there no time to lean back if you want to stay in the business. Welcome to the conversation!

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Jan Ivarsson – How will Volvos safety vision 2020 become a reality

Jan is Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Group and has been working with safety issues within Volvo for decades. He was part of the team that formulated the challenging vision 2020 as early as 2006 that “no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020”. We discuss the background of this bold promise and how it should be interpreted in if it’s really an realistic goal.

We also discuss the hot electric bicycle trend and how that influence transportation safety in the cities. Should Volvo Cars start to produce safe electric bicycles? Please join us in our conversation.

Direct download: Jan_Ivarsson.m4a
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Karin Thorn

Karin has been in Volvo Cars quite a while and started her career in Power train development and has been working in different areas but with focus on Advanced Engineering and concept development. Last year she where appointed VP for Complete Vehicle but after the latest reorganisation she is back in the Powertrain area but now as VP for what is now called Vehicle Propulsion, where the former powertrain unit of course is the core of the new organisation.

We are in a shift when it comes to powertrains and electrification is becoming a more and more important part in our coming cars.

Karin share her view on this major challenge and we talk about the transformation in knowledge and competence in this respect and how it could be handled. Please join us in our conversation.

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Ödgärd Andersson – a SW-guru that sings better then lady Gaga…

Ödgärd Andersson is new in the Volvo Family. She was appointed VP for vehicle software and electronics last October and came from a successful career in different senior positions at Ericsson.

It’s interesting to listen to Ödgärd and her fresh view on the Volvo organisation, our people and our culture. It’s also interesting to understand what experience and skills she can bring to Volvo when it comes to SW-development. She has been thru a transformation at Ericsson when it comes to SW development and we are in the beginning of a similar transformation at Volvo. SW becomes a more and more essential part of our cars and it has to work smooth for our customers. And she is a very talented cover band singer…!

Please join us in this interesting dialog.

Direct download: Odgard_Andersson.m4a
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Magnus Hellsten – the incarnation of the Volvo spirit?

Magnus has a long career in Volvo Cars and joined the company 1980 and started as a worker on the assembly plant and have made an tremendous career all the way to the top.

Today he has an special assignment to support Volvos new Manufacturing manager Javier Varela and to support our work to become “the employer of choice” Quite interesting! We talk about our new activity based offices and what we can do to minimize the “cons” and maximize the “pros” and truly make them "designed around you".

He also shares very generous of his experience and his passion for our company and our culture.

Please join us!

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Håkan is the CEO of Volvo cars since 4 and a half year. We talk about his idea of Volvo Cars the coming years, and the importance of a human centric approach for a successful leadership. He call it “Management by purpose”. We also discuss if Volvo is prepared for a “post Håkan” era and if we have the right person already on board. We discuss his “bucket list” or “To do list” as he like to call it. Please join us!

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Björn Annwall – wants to be more visible

Björn is manager for Global Consumer Experience and member of Volvo Cars Executive management team and he elaborate together with me on all exciting challenges in the industry and in Volvo Cars. We also talk about the fact that some people think that he is quite invisible as manager and how he want to address this and is view on when we need external management consultants and that he thinks that we “overuse” agency’s to make beautiful PowerPoints.

He also share his view on how to make a career in his organisation and if money is an important motivator for him. Welcome to the conversation.

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Mats Moberg – new manager at Complete Vehicle Engineering

Mats is a Volvo Cars veteran who worked nearly 30 years at the firm. He generously shares his experiences through the years and especially the last six years under our new owner. We also discuss his leadership style and how he looks on integrity and his advice to those who want to make a career at Volvo Cars. Finally, we talk about the future and the major challenges we and the entire automotive industry is facing and all opportunities and challenges all new technology enable. Welcome to the conversation.

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Cecilia Larsson - responsible for the Attribute Centre

Cecilia is one of Volvo Cars youngest Vice Presidents and has made a rocket career in Product Development. An outstanding achievement that meant that she changed jobs relatively frequently throughout her career. Cecilia has just changed jobs again and will leave the job as head of Body & Trim Engineering and preparing to face new challenges as responsible for develop and balance the properties in our future cars. We talk a lot about leadership and what has been her keys to a successful career but also what she sees as the major challenges and opportunities of the future automotive development. Welcome to an exciting conversation.

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Garaget ”julspecial” med Magnus Sundemo

I detta avsnitt byter Magnus stol med Maria Guttman som tar på sig rollen som den som leder samtalet. Magnus berättar om sina 37 år på Volvo och vad som har motiverat och inspirerat honom i sitt uppdrag som både medarbetare och fackordförande. Välkommen med i ett samtal med ombytta roller.

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Volvo Cars nya personalchef Hanna Fager (Sr.Vice President) gästar Garaget denna vecka. I en öppenhjärtig intervju delar hon frikostigt med sig av sina drömmar och sina planer om framtiden i sin nya roll som HR:s främsta företrädare i vår företagsledning. Hon ser ljust på framtiden men ser också stora behov att utveckla vår organisation vidare för att trovärdigt kunna kalla oss ”The employer of choice” . Missa inte detta spännande och intressant samtal!

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Här kommer ett nyinspelat avsnitt av Garaget med Ida Ståhl. Ida är nyanställd sedan i höstas och del i ett av våra Graduate-program och en av våra yngsta medlemmar och medarbetare. Det var jättespännande att höra hur en ung nyanställd medlem ser på Volvo Cars och vilka förväntningar hon har på företaget och vad hon vill bidra med. Varför valde hon Volvo som arbetsgivare och vad är viktigt som ung när man väljer sin första arbetsgivaren efter examen? Det och mycket mer talade vi om. Välkommen till ett intressant samtal mellan en som varit anställd +37 år och en som varit anställd 3 månader.

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Katarina har en lång karriär på Volvo Cars och har verkligen utnyttjat möjligheten att flytta runt i företaget och har jobbat på allt från Market Intelligence i vår marknadsorganisation till att vara chef inom vår R&D-organisation. Hon delar frikostigt med sig av sina erfarenheter och ger också sin syn på de utmaningar som vi står inför just nu. Hennes goda ledarskap har uppskattats av många under åren och vi talar en del om vad som är viktigt för ett gott ledarskap som är uthålligt. Välkommen med i ett intressant samtal!

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För ett och ett halvt år sedan bestämde sig Pontus Berger att ta tjänstledigt från sitt jobb som controller på Volvo Cars. Pontus har engagerat sig som aktiv och ledare inom innebandyn hela sitt vuxna liv och såg dokumentären av Fredrik och Filip, ”Trevligt folk” som handlade om vad som hände i Borlänge när en eldsjäl startade ett Somaliskt Bandylag med nysvenskar från Somalia med målet att delta i Bandy-VM. Det som inspirerade Pontus var att flera av killarna i laget hade börjat på innebandygymnasiet och påbörjat en utbildning som ju är en inträdesbiljett för att få ett jobb och bli en del av vårt samhälle. Han startade från blankt papper med organisationen ”Idrott för Integration” och ansvar nu för ett innebandylag och innebandysektionen inom Bergsjöns SK (tidigare Somalia SK). Han har fantastiska idéer om hur vi skall skapa en bättre stad och ökad integration och att Volvo Cars och vi som jobbar här kan betyda ännu mer än vad vi redan gör. Välkommen med i ett viktigt samtal!

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In this week's episode of The garage our new chairman in the Academics Union Anna Margitin is the guest and talks about herself, her background and what is her heart issues as newly elected. Anna calls for dialogue with all of our members. Welcome to the pod!

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I veckans avsnitt av Garaget är vår nya ordförande Anna Margitin gäst och berättar om sig själv, sin bakgrund och vad som är hennes hjärtfrågor som nyvald ordförande i vår Akademikerklubb. Anna efterlyser dialog med er medlemmar. Välkommen att lyssna.

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I veckans avsnitt av Garaget får ni träffa Per Carleö, marknadschef på Volvo Personvagnar Sverige. Vi talar om den spännande resan med utvecklingen av Volvos varumärke i Sverige och framgångarna de senaste åren. Per berättar om hur vi fick kontakt med Zlatan och hur fått tänka nytt för att få våra mottagre att vilja titta och lyssna på våra budskap. Spännande och mycket intressant!

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I detta avsnitt av Garaget får ni träffa Kristian Elvefors, VD för Volvo Personvagnar Sverige. Vi talar om den spännande resan med utvecklingen av Volvos varumärke i Sverige och framgångarna de senaste åren. Kristian berättar också om sitt ledarskap och hur viktigt han anser att kulturfrågorna är. Vi avhandlar även utmaningarna med ny teknik och vart kunderna är på väg i framtiden. Välkommen med i ett spännande samtal.

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I veckans avsnitt av Garaget får ni träffa Ann-Sofie Hermansson, kommunstyrelsens ordförande sedan ett halvår. Vi talar om fordonsindustrins betydelse för Göteborg och om möjligheterna att utveckla ett mer konstruktivt samspel mellan kommunledningen och kommunens i särklass största privata arbetsgivare. Vi talar också om Ann-Sofies bakgrund som truckförare och montör på Volvo och vad det betytt för hennes politiska gärning och skolning. Hur kommer Göteborg se ut om 10 år? Hur kan Ann-Sofie stödja Volvo Cars att fortsätta expandera och bli en del i lösningen och en testbänk för framtida mobila hållbara lösningar? Det och mycket mer talar vi om i detta samtal. Välkommen med i samtalet!

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I veckans avsnitt av Garaget får ni träffa Hans Göran Milding. Hans Göran är ansvarig för vår strategi för alternativ till traditionella drivkällor som elbilar och hybrider. Hans Göran är även vår talesperson externt i dessa frågor och är ute och möter journalister, politiker och leverantörer. Vi talar om hur vi kan vara trovärdiga i vårt budskap och varför vi inte har fler ladd-platser på våra parkeringar. Hur kommer företag som Google och Apple påverka utvecklingen av framtidens elbilar och håller Teslas aggressiva plan med sin nya relativt billiga Model 3. Det och mycket mer talar vi om i veckans avsnitt av Garaget. Välkommen med i samtalet!

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In this week's episode of The garage you will meet the legendary designer Peter Horbury. Peter was responsible for the modernization of Volvo's design starting in the early 90s and was then our head designer until 2002 when he moved to Ford in North America. After a brief comeback as Volvo's design director in 2009, Peter is now responsible for the design of Geely’s cars. The success has not been waiting to come, and in 2016 a domestic car in China was for the first time in history elected to be “The Car of the Year in China" and it was Peter Horbury Geely creation GC9 who won this prestigious price. We talk about everything from corporate cultures to leadership and how it is to create a completely new design profile for a new car with extremely short history. We also talk about how we can separate the design language for the two brands Geely and Volvo, as we now share the common CMA platform. Welcome to the conversation!

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I veckans avsnitt av Garaget får ni träffa Keith Schäfer, nyligen hemkommen från sitt jobb som marknadschef i vårt säljbolag i Malaysia och med en bred erfarenhet från ett antal olika marknader som Ryssland, Asien Sverige, Nordamerika mm. Vi förde ett samtal om hur Volvo uppfattas ute i världen och vilka våra kunder är. Hur det är att komma hem till huvudkontoret och vad vi kan lära av varandra? Välkommen med i ett intressant samtal!

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I veckans avsnitt av Garaget får ni träffa Lars Danielsson, chef för affärsområdet ”Asia Pacific” stationerad i Shanghai i Kina. Det är tredje intervjun med ”Garaget on tour” och jag träffade Lars i Beijing i måndags i samband med att bolagsstyrelsen hade möte där och också besökte bilmässan i Beijing. Lars kom till Kina 2010 för att bygga vår fabrik i Chengdu men uppdraget har växt dramatiskt sedan dess och nu basar han inte bara för den industriella strukturen utan också för hela affärsområdet och försäljningen i hela Asia Pacific området och i länder som Japan, Thailand, Australien, Malaysia och många fler. Vi talar om det nya uppdraget, erfarenheterna under åren i Kina och vilka utmaningar som ligger framför. Introduktionen av XC90 har inte riktigt gått enligt plan men Lars är övertygad om att man nu är på rätt spår och att försäljningsmålen för 2016 kommer nås. 

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Anders Tylman är chef för Volvo Cars koncept-center I LA Kalifornien. Vi talar om heta trender inom bilindustrin, mobilitet och innovationskraft I en av världens smätdeglar. Välkommen med I samtalet.

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Samtal med Bodil Eriksson ansvarig för corporate communication på Volvos huvudkontor i Amerika.

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In this week's episode of The garage you will meet our design manager Thomas Ingenlath. Thomas has been our design director in four years and he has over these years together with his design team managed to create a unique design language for our new SPA-cars that are highly appreciated and proved to be a tremendous success! I ask him if he already has peaked his performance but he replies that he has very much left before he feel satisfied with what he had achieved. It was no easy decision to move to Volvo, but Thomas is a person who likes challenges and who want to try his wings when he gets the chance. We also talk about the Volvo culture and how Thomas leadership function in this environment. Interesting and exciting. Thomas was very open in our conversation and it is far from just the obvious answers. Welcome to the conversation.

 

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I detta avsnitt av Garaget får ni träffa Henrik Green som är ansvarig för Volvos produktplanering och våra nyvagsnprojekt. Henrik har gjort en kometkarriär inom Volvo och är en av strategierna bakom Volvo lyckade 4-cylinder strategi. Välkommen med I samtalet.

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Hans-Olov Olsson är en av  arkitekterna bakom "det nya "Volvo" och djupt inblandade i processen när Geely blev ägare för drygt fem år sedan. Hans-Olov har 50 års erfarenhet från Volvo. Fokus i samtalet är resan de senaste fem åren men också utmaningarna som väntar efter 2020. Välkommen med i samtalet.  

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Anneli Hultén är kommunstyrelsens ordförande i Goteborg och har haft stort inflytande på alltifrån infrastrukturen i Goteborg, synen på bilismen och kommuniaktionerna till klimatet för företagande i Goteborg och utformandet av den omdebatterade Västlänken. Allt detta samtalar vi om. Välkommen med i samtalet.

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Leadership, bold decisions, career paths and the success factors of Volvo Cars the last five years. A discussion on what the next step could be fore Volvo Cars to stay competitive. We also discuss company culture in strengths but also what can be improved.

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Vi samtalar om att våga vara ledare och våga gå ur ingenjörsrollen för att kunna leda ännu bättre. Om vad som kommer krävas av oss som arbetsgivare för att attrahera unga ingenjörer och inte minst bade kvinnor och män. Att delar av utvecklingen behöver flytta till andra lokaler än I Torslanda för att klara denna utmaning. Völkommen med I ett spännade samtal

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Jonas berättar om sina tankar om kreativitet, om framtidens fordon och betydelsen av elbilar.

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Vi samtalar om IT som mer än bara en supportfunktion utan också som en del i att skapa mervärde och användarfunktioner för våra slutkunder. Välkommen med i samtalet.

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Anna-Karin är chef på Volvo Car Group IT för alla våra applikationer. Orslaken att hon är med i Garaget är ett tips om att hon är en riktigt bra chef och förebild för många. Samtalet kom att handla om allt från affärsfokus och motivation till hur man kan utmana sig själv som ledare oavsett om man har en chefsroll eller ej. Välkommen med i samtalet!

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Katarina Fjording har just fått ett av de mest utmanade jobben på Volvo Cars just nu, nämnligen att basa över byggnationen av vår nya bilfabrik i Charlestone i South Carolina. Vi talar om denna utmaning men också om hennes tidigare karriär på Volvo som förde henne till Ford under en perios och sedan till Kina. Välkommen med i samtalet.

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Vi samtalar om Pers långa Volvohistoria men kanske änne mer om varför han tar steget och satsar på en ny karriär på Apple i Silicon Valley. Välkommen med i samtalet.

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Vi talar om elektrifiering och framtidens fossilfria fordonsflotta. Välkommen med i ett intressant samtal med Johan Konnberg som är mycket initierad inom detta område.

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In this episode you meet Lex Kerssemakers, newly appointed head of Volvo of Americas. Welcome to take part of the conversation.

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Vi samtalar om Volvo framtida bilar, trender, elektrifiering, självkörande bilar och vad som gör Volvo unikt. Hur vi skall kunna fånga framtiden och erbjuda något unikt till de som vill höra till Volvofamiljen. Välkommen med i samtalet.

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Vi talar med Miljöpartiets kommunalråd om hur Göteborgs poiltiker ser på bilen. Om hur Volvo kan vara en del av lösningen av stadens infrastruktur och Västlänken. Välkommen med i samtalet.

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Vi talat om Helenas ledarskap, Volvos framtid men också om det faktum att Helena är unik som kvinna och ansvarig chef för en stor utvecklingsavdelning inom Volvo Cars. Välkommen med i ett intressant samtal.

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Jag samtalar med infrastrukturminister Anna Johansson om bilens roll i samhället. Kan bilen bli en del av lösningen och inte bara ett problem?

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Vi talar om motivation och ledarskap

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Vi talar om Innovationer och Innovationsprocesser inom Volvo Cars

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We talk about leadership, culture, 2014 in the mirror, Electrification, the future and much more

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Samtal om allt från Tesla och elektrifiering, självkörande bilar och varför Volvo Cars är så starka just nu ställt mot våra konkurrenter.

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A discussion about what the word "nimble" could mean in an organiszationa as Volvo Cars

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