Lex Kerssemakers, who steered Volvo's rebirth in Canada and the U.S. over the past 32 months, is moving on to lead the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He will be replaced by that region's current head, Anders Gustafsson.
Volvo's decision to electrify all its future powertrains could mean more business for Canada-based supplier Magna International, which is eager to help the automaker reach its goal.
Volvo will only offer electrified powertrains in models that it launches starting in 2019, a move that signals its intention to phase out the internal combustion engine from its lineup.
Volvo is using some surprises from the rollout of the award-winning XC90 full-size utility vehicle in Canada for the launch of the smaller XC60 later in 2017.
In the United States, Volvo's new V90 wagon will be available only by special order; in Canada, it will grace showroom floors.
A mid-life career change can sometimes be dicey, but not for Pat Lau. After 20 years in consumer electronics, he made the switch to auto sales at Volvo Villa in Thornhill, Ont.
Volvo is counting on its more technologically advanced XC60 to match or exceed the success of its predecessor, which is the brand's global best-seller. Orders can be placed in Canada in mid-June.