Volvo Cars today reports a break-even result for 2012 with a full-year operating income of MSEK 18 (2011: MSEK 2,017). Revenue over the period was 124.5 BSEK (125.7 BSEK).

In 2012, a new market situation affected by economic uncertainty in Europe significantly impacted sales and earnings for Volvo Cars. During the second half of 2012, Volvo Cars focused on re-balancing its cost base around the new sales environment, while continuing the long-term investments needed for the transformation process of the group.

Volvo Cars expects the high levels of competition in the car industry to continue in 2013, as manufacturers seek to capture volumes and market shares, thereby putting pressure on both sales volumes and pricing. The Chinese and US markets are expected to grow on the back of increasing demand, whereas it is likely that the challenging economic environment will continue to affect the European car market.

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"Our strategy for 2013 is to retain market shares in the countries in which we operate by strengthening our presence in our segments, but with even more precision than before," says Hakan Samuelsson. "The highly competitive climate is likely to continue in 2013, and impacted by macro trends we expect our sales in 2013 to be on par with last year. At the same time, we are well-positioned to capture positive sales trends and new customers, with an almost entirely renewed product range about to be launched into markets."

Source: Volvo