Volvo isn't the only car maker in discussions about possibly opening a manufacturing facility in the South.
In October, the United Kingdom's Sunday Times reported that Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by the Indian car maker Tata Motors, has been "talking to several southern states, including South Carolina" about plans to to open a plant that could produce 200,000 vehicles per year.
The Sunday Times said the company is also considering Mexico but "is thought to be leaving towards the southern states of the U.S."
This week the British newspaper Financial Times reported that Volvo, which is owned by China's Geely but has its headquarters in Sweden, is also considering opening a plant in the U.S. The publication cited two unnamed sources claiming knowledge of company plans to establish a new U.S. manufacturing site.
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Volvo has talked with the legislatures of states including Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina about incentives that may be available for the project, the sources claimed.
Gov. Pat McCrory was in the United Kingdom last week on a job recruiting trip along with new Commerce Sec. John Skvarla and Christopher Chung, the new head of the public-private Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
A spokesman for the governor has declined to be more specific about that trip. Asked specifically whether the recent trip relates to Land Rover, spokesman Josh Ellis responded with the same answer he gave when asked about Volvo: "It was an economic development trip."
Jaguar Land Rover Automotive has its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry in the U.K.