Volvo-XC90Volvo has produced the last MkI XC90, 12 years after the first one rolled off the Torslanda production line. 

The long-running SUV will be replaced by an all-new model, due on sale in the UK in early 2015, and the factory is now being prepared to begin production of it.

Stocks of the current car will keep on filtering through to dealers in the meantime though – to meet sustained demand for the car that, despite its age, has continued to sell in the thousands. Volvo UK boss Nick Connor told MR the firm expects to sell another few thousand units in the UK alone this year.

“We sold 2500 units in 2013 and expect to sell a few thousand in 2014. Certainly, we don’t expect selling our supply to be a challenge.”

Introduced at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2002, a hefty 636,143 Volvo XC90 have since rolled off the production line. The final one was driven straight to the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg.

Technically though, it’s not actually the end of the XC90: the production line is being shipped to China where it will be built in a new plant that’s set to open later this year. It will, however, be called Volvo XC Classic and only be sold in China. Chances of lobbying to force an introduction in Europe as a budget-priced Volvo seven-seat SUV? Alas, slim.