Volvo and Other Foreign Carmakers in Belgium

  • A. J. Jacobs


In this chapter, examines the experiences of Volvo and four former other foreign-owned/licensed car plants in Belgium. It begins with a terse review of Chrysler in Antwerp, before turning to two short-lived operations that eventually came under the control of British Leyland: Standard/Leyland-Triumph Malines in Mechelen; and Austin Morris in Seneffe. This is followed by a section on the Mechelen facility of Importer of Moteurs et d’Automobiles, which produced small lots of Saab and Mercedes-Benz between 1959 and 1978, and Brondeel of Antwerp, which built Saab between 1967 and 1971. The last half of the chapter and the conclusion then focus on Volvo Car Gent, which is currently owned by Geely of China.


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  • A. J. Jacobs
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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