Polestar has been the performance and tuning arm of Volvo until July 2017 when it was announced that it would begin production of vehicles under its name and badge.
First in line is the Polestar 1, a two-door hybrid sports car with a carbon fiber body and is inspired by the Volvo Sport Concept Coupe. It will use a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a supercharged and turbocharged gasoline in-line four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels and two electric motors spinning the rear wheels.
Preliminary production of the Polestar 1 has begun in a specialized prototype production facility in Gothenburg, which currently does much of the work by hand.
These early units will be verification prototypes that will be used for crash testing, weather testing and on-road assessment.
After this phase, customer units will then be manufactured out of the new Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China using new specialized production equipment and construction techniques developed in Sweden.
“The assembly of the VP cars means that the Polestar 1 has taken its next step towards. This first batch of 34 cars will enable our engineers to tune the finer details of the car, ensuring that the Polestar 1 is perfect when we start to produce customer cars in the middle of next year production,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.
The Polestar 1 will be the first-ever unit manufactured by the Volvo Car Group to use carbon fiber construction.