- Volvo XC90 / Image accredited to Volvo

Swedish man caught spying on Volvo for Russian diplomat

A tale of espionage, five-star safety and Mother Russia

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When you think of Russia's car industry, what comes to mind? UAZ? GAZ? Undercover spies gathering classified intel on Volvo? Sveriges Television (SVT) reports that a 47-year-old Swedish man has been suspected of doing just that and handing over information to a Russian diplomat. The unidentified individual had worked for several Swedish companies as a consultant and had been transferring data from computers to personal memory drives.

Image accredited to Scania

Image accredited to Scania

Swedish authorities intercepted a transaction of 27,800 Swedish Krona ($3,300 USD) in exchange for Volvo and Scania's automotive data. Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist told Reuters that the crime is serious and "if convicted, the suspect could expect a lengthy sentence". Whilst Scania had confirmed that the man worked as a consultant for the company, Volvo and Russia have refused to comment on the matter.

Marussia B2 / Credit: SolidSatan via Wikimedia Commons

Marussia B2 / Credit: SolidSatan via Wikimedia Commons

Whilst Russian cars may not be the first word in luxury or performance, there are a few gems that stand out. The Marussia B2 was an incredible driver's car, the Aurus Senat makes quite the statement (even if it looks like a dodgy Rolls-Royce) and the UAZ Patriot is an affordable off-roader coming to the United States. Who knows, maybe the Russians are about to produce a game-changing luxury car and need tips from Volvo...

Why do you think Volvo and Scania were spied on?

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Comments (26)

  • Russia can't build cars

      1 month ago
  • Why? Is spying just a pastime in Russia

      1 month ago
  • Russia, the country where vodka is safer to drink then water, is spying on Volvo to make good cars. That mission is unsuccessful. By the way, they just learned to include seat belts, if you are a prospective buyer.

      1 month ago
  • Russians think communism applies to the entire world.

      1 month ago
  • In Russia there are only two car producers. UAZ does not need volvo safety as it produces hardcore off-roaders without any safety. Senat produces ridiculous copy of rolls royce. I don't think they need something from Volvo either. Third producer Lada belongs to Renault. Also not suitable.

      1 month ago
    • Solid points - definitely makes you wonder why they need information from Volvo and Scania

        1 month ago
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