Volvo Through the Ages
by Faye Duncan
On the 14th April Volvo celebrates its 91st anniversary!
Volvo Cars have often been at the forefront of reliable motors since the company was founded in 1927. The Swedish firm can often be confused with AB Volvo, the manufacturer of trucks and construction equipment because they share the same logo, although, they have been separate firms since Volvo Cars was sold to Ford Motor Company back in 1999.
Assar Gabrielsson and Gustav Larson said, “Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain safety.” They believed that nobody else was making cars sturdy enough for the Swedish roads. Thus beginning their adventure to innovate and create world-changing inventions that would improve the safety of cars all over the world.
Volvo Cars has had an interesting history which makes it the manufacturer it is today. To celebrate its success, we have taken a look at some of Volvo’s key moments throughout the last century.
A History of Volvo Cars
1927 – The launch of the Volvo Cars company. Its first car was the ÖV 4 convertible
1932 – First production milestone hitting 10,000 cars
1956 – Volvo began importing to the US
1959 – Nils Bohlin, an engineer at Volvo, invented the three-point seat belt. It was introduced into the PV544 series, but the company gave away the patent for everyone to use believing the invention was too important to keep to themselves
1963 – The first assembly plant outside of Sweden was opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1972 – Volvo invented the rearward-facing child seat
1976 – The ‘Lambda Sond’ was created to reduce harmful emissions by 90% and is now used in nearly all petrol-engine cars around the world
1991 – Volvo introduced the Side Impact Protection System for added protection in a crash
1998 – Another safety feature was introduced, the inflatable curtain to absorb 75% of the impact in a collision
1999 – Volvo was sold to Ford Motor Company for $6.45 billion
2003 – Installation of the Blind Spot Information System to prevent collisions caused by cars entering your blind spot
2008 – City Safety technology was introduced to aid drivers and brake for them to prevent a collision with the car in front
2010 – Sold to Geely Holding Group, a Chinese multinational automotive manufacturer
2017 – Care by Volvo was announced. This is a comprehensive package including roadside assistance, car insurance and servicing
2017 – Volvo announced that models launched from 2019 will be fully electric or hybrid
2018 – The latest addition to the Volvo fleet, the XC40 compact SUV, won the What Car? Car of the Year Award as well as being titled the European Car of the Year at the Geneva Motor Show
Most iconic Volvo cars
Volvo ÖV 4 – Also known as Jakob, was the first car to leave the Volvo factory back in 1927
Volvo PV51 – The first affordable car designed “for the people” in 1936. This passenger car was a smaller and less equipped version of the more expensive PV36
Volvo PV444 – Perhaps one of the manufacturer’s most significant cars released in 1944. It has been described as being the first “true” small car and was the first Volvo to have a unitary body; a frame constructed as an all-in-one piece. It dominated Volvo’s production through to the mid-1960s and helped to break the American market
Volvo P1800 – An iconic model designed by Pelle Petterson that began production in 1961. A sports car that won fame from “The Saint” TV series, with Roger Moore behind the wheel
Volvo 850 – In 1991, Volvo created a new model series that was completely different to the rest. It was the first front-wheel drive executive car with a transverse, five-cylinder engine. The model won many awards for its new innovative features
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