Volvo Cars of North America in October will slash its U.S. entry ports from 10 to four to speed handling and cut costs, starting with the 1992 model year. Baltimore would be one of the ports cut out.
All Volvos will be imported through either Halifax, Nova Scotia; Newark, N.J.; Jacksonville, Fla.; or Wilmington, Calif., in Los Angeles harbor.
Cut out of the Volvo distribution network once 1991 model inventories are -- besides Baltimore -- Portsmouth, Va.; Houston; Richmond, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bob Austin, public relations manager for Volvo Cars, said the changes result from a two-year study analyzing ocean and inland transportation flows.