Volvo Car Corp. is closing its main European sales office in Brussels as part of a move to streamline sales operations across the region.
Volvo is dividing Europe into five sales areas: Nordic, Benelux/UK, central, southern and east-central.
Regional heads will be selected from existing national managing directors, and will be named shortly. They will work from their existing offices and will report to Dieter Laxy, Volvo's global marketing chief.
Volvo's Brussels sales office has a work force of 80. Operations there are currently being wound down. Some employees may remain in support functions.
An internal memo about the Brussels closure said: 'In order to shorten the distance between Volvo Car Corp. and its sales companies, we will eliminate one layer in Europe.'
Wolff Huber, president of Volvo Cars Market Area Europe, will move from Brussels to Gothenburg, Sweden, to become head quality officer. Huber will report to Hans-Olov Olsson, Volvo president.