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Volvo Car Corporation is a well-known company which has been serving the customers all over the world with its quality cars. The company has a rich history and continuous to enjoy a pretty good market share. The cars produced by the Volvo Car Corporation are a perfect specimen of quality, design and smooth drive. In this article we will look into the brief history of Volvo and try to understand how it dominated the world for decades.

Historical Insight:

Volvo Car Corporation started as the part of famous ball bearing company of Sweden by the name of SKF. After its initial corporation with SKF, in 1927 the company started to operate as the part of Volvo Group. The company had been through many stages since its inception such as its incorporation with Ford Motor Company in the year 1999 and Geely Holding Group in the year 2010.

Some Major Achievements:

During the 1900’s the company was at its absolute zenith and dominated the world’s automobile market. The company was renowned for its affordable prices and quality cars. The first Car series which was marketed under the brand name of Volvo was OV4. The car series was an instant success during those years

Since it was a new company in the market hence the initial set of cars manufactured by Volvo was 297(the figure is of the first year). The company also successfully produced a truck in the year 1928. Though the company was on its way towards long term dominance however it actually gained public recognition after the conclusion of the famous World War II.

Current Situation:

We have already stated that in 2010 Geely Holding Group of china acquired Volvo; however the car manufacturing responsibilities are still with Ford Motor Group. The cars are designed and manufactured as per the specifications given by Volvo.

Major Innovations:

The mark of a great company is that it follows the blue ocean strategy and makes the competition irrelevant. In today’s competitive environment companies have to bring on continuous innovations. The same has been the case with Volvo. The company has never been shy of trying out things and implementing its plan. During the years Volvo has tried to give various innovations to the world we live in. some of these initiatives are as follows

  • The Swedish Market was caught with surprise when in the year 2005; Volvo introduced its flexi fuel models by the name of E85.
  • A hybrid car by the name of Volvo Recharge was introduced by the company in 2007.
  • In 2010 Volvo’s first ever electric car (Volvo C30 Drive Electric concept car) was exhibited

Volvo Car Corporation has been serving the people of this planet for decades now and the name of Volvo can never be sidelined as far as automobile contributions in the world are concerned. If you want to know more about Volvo then you can surely find a lot of written material on the internet as well as book stores.

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In 1927, the first Volvo car rolled off its production line. This historic moment set in motion Volvo’s mission to produce quality automobiles, which still continues today. With 89 years of history behind them, the Volvo group has released many different vehicles. Among these cars, which ones stand the test of time? Some will be remembered forever as historic models, while others are left to fade into obscurity. Here is a selection of the top six Volvo models throughout history.

1. Volvo ÖV 4

At the top of the list stands the Volvo ÖV 4, the first Volvo car. ÖV 4 stands for “Öppen Vagn 4 cylindrar,” which translates to “Open Carriage 4 cylinders”. During production, this car’s code name was “Jacob.” With only 28 horsepower, this vehicle was revolutionary for its time but would be left in the dust by today’s Volvos. One of the 10 pre-series prototypes still exists today, and is housed in the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden.

2. Volvo P1800

This model was released in 1961, and it is one of the first Volvo cars to be considered a sports car. This model was produced and tweaked for over a decade, with the last version of this car being released in 1973. This car has had a definite influence on the Volvo line, because later Volvo designers took pointers from this car’s design. An example of this is the all-glass rear hatch of the ES-model P1800, which was an influence to later models such as the Volvo 480

3. Volvo C70

This four-passenger, two-door compact convertible car was manufactured and sold from 1996 to 2013. Breaking Volvo’s traditionally boxy design style, this model was designed with a sleek and stylish look. It was the company’s first modern convertible, coming with a decent set of features such as heated glass rear windows and front and side airbags. Additionally, the cloth convertible top was fully automatic. In 2011, a limited edition version of this model was released, featuring 18-inch Midir wheels, a leather covered dashboard, and aluminum inlays.

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4. Volvo S60

This compact executive car was first released in 2000, and has continued to see development and production since then. The first generation of this vehicle (running from 2000 to 2009) was aimed to compete with BMW’s 3-Series along with Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class. This car’s second generation began in 2010, when it was rebranded as the Volvo V60. Special police specification models of this car were developed for law enforcement use. These special versions featured an up-rated suspension, a larger specification battery and extra wiring for police equipment.

5. Volvo 164

This Volvo is a 6-cylinder, 4-door luxury sedan released in October 1968. It ran through 1975, when it was replaced by the Volvo 264. Inside, this car had a simulated wood grain dashboard along with leather seats. The front styling of the vehicle was inspired by the Volvo P1900. Under the hood, the 162 had a V8 engine. In 1973, this model was redesigned with new side and rear lamps, a new front bumper, and a new grille. In 1974, the 164 received heated seats, making it one of the first cars with this feature.

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6. Volvo XC90

This vehicle is a luxury SUV, first released in 2002 and still being produced today. A car of some acclaim, the XC90 won the North American Car of the Year award in 2003, along with Motor Trend magazine’s Sport/Utility of the Year award. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clark has even commented on this model, praising its practicality. Although it has gotten many facelifts over the years, the original XC90 model is still sold in China as the “XC Classic.”

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Volvo has recently unveiled a new array of safety features for their vehicles under the tag of Intellisafe. Making a bold statement, Volvo says that their vision is for no-one to be seriously injured or killed by a new Volvo vehicle by 2020. Can they accomplish this goal? Based on the innovative advancements of the Intellisafe system, they most likely can. This set of features covers all aspects of the driving experience, increasing driver safety at every level. Volvo has made some truly amazing advancement in this area which will keep drivers safe for years to come. Here are the top five features of this set:

1. Adaptive Cruise Control

This feature adds convenience, along with a higher level of safety. Any highway driver knows the value of cruise control, allowing you to relax by keeping the vehicle at a consistent speed. However, the driver generally still has to manually control the speed of the car. Volvo’s Adaptive Cruise Control eliminates this need, automatically adjusting your cruise control speed based on your distance from the car in front of you. This system maintains a safe distance between vehicles without driver control, making it easier to relax on longer journeys.

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2. Driver Alert Control

One of the biggest dangers to drivers is impaired driving. Alcohol and electronic devices are not the only factors that contribute to impair driving: Drivers are often impaired by their lack of sleep. Volvo’s Intellisafe has an answer for this problem with its Driver Alert Control, which monitors your driving and alerts you if you become drowsy or inattentive at the wheel. If the system notices your distracted driving, it gets your attention and then suggests that you take a break. It even automatically finds the nearest rest stop and directs you there! This kind of simple driving aid can make a big difference in maintaining safety on the roadway.

3. Lane Keeping Aid

Volvo Intellisafe has many checks in place to maintain your safety. If you become distracted and start to drift out of your lane, cars with this feature will automatically steer themselves back into the lane. This feature is very useful, as many accidents are caused by cars changing lanes, intentionally or unintentionally. This feature will help reduce the number of these collisions, and account for any inattentive drivers. The great aspect of these Intellisafe systems is their effectiveness for all drivers involved: They protect nearby drivers even if they don’t have a Volvo vehicle.

4. Blind Spot Information System

This feature is another innovative away provides safety and awareness to Volvo drivers. Through a small light on each side mirror, this system informs drivers about any vehicles in their blind spot. Due to the shape and size of a car, there is a portion of roadway next to the car that cannot be seen using mirrors. Using radar technology, the car monitors your blind spot and activates the light when a vehicle enters that zone.  This allows drivers confidently change lanes without needing to worry about their blind spots. This feature hopefully will reduce the common occurrence of blind spot collisions.

5. Active High Beam Control

This feature again gives comfort and convenience while making the roadways safer for everyone. By automatically managing the brightness of your headlights, this system takes the stress out of nighttime driving. With this feature the car’s headlights default to the highest setting, and automatically decrease their brightness if it detects anyone on the roadway ahead of you. With this feature, Volvo drivers no longer have to worry about keeping their headlights at the right level; the car can do it without any help.

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It is my pleasure to assist those who want to increase their knowledge of the auto-industry. Please let me know if you have any questions about any model, my expertise is the history, mostly, but if you have any specific auto maintenance questions as well, let me know.
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In 1927, a Swedish automobile company was founded called Volvo. They are part of the Volvo Car Corporation and is currently based in Sweden.

The very first Volvo car was assembled in April of 1927. The first car rolled off the assembly line and started the production of one of the most well-known brands across the world.

Only 280 cars were built that year. The first truck was known as the “Series 1” and debuted in January 1928.

Volvo comes from the Latin, “I Roll” and the company was originally going to manufacture ball bearings.

Overall, the 1920s was the breakthrough era for the auto industry in the US and Europe. The interest and demand of cars increased dramatically during this time and this helped fuel the impact and innovations Volvo was able to participate throughout Europe.

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In the 1930s, the model PV655 was created. It was unique in that it had a grill placed on the radiator. This was the first time this happened in the auto industry.

It was an immediate success and attracted attention outside the country.

By 1930, Volvo sold close to 700 cars.

In this same decade, PV36 was created. The intent of the PV36 was to be a luxury model and the series only sold 500 cars.

In the 1940s, the model PV60 came out, designed to have a more American look with more space and a larger frame.

In addition to that, Volvo created a more European style car, the PV444, having a smaller frame. Despite its European style, it held American attributes as well. This combination helped Volvo achieve a high level of success.

The Volvo Sport, P1900 was met with a poor response. The demand for the Volvo Sport created only 67 cars. This model was discontinued in one year.

During World War II and through modern times, Volvo manufactured military vehicles and equipment for the Swedish Army.

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During the 50s, Volvo moved towards internationalization. Introduction on the US market was incredibly important. Safety was also important and Volvo became the first to develop a three point seat belt system.

The first Volvos arrived in the United States in 1955

In the 1960s, the P1800 went into production.

Volvo was given awards for the P1800given its attractive design and was also designated car of the year between 1963 and 1964.

In 1964, a new plant was opened and had an estimated capacity of 110,000.

In August of 1966, a new car model was presented called the Volvo 144. Safety was extremely advanced with this model.

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In the 1970s, the Volvo 164 E was presented, a vehicle with electronic fuel injection and 175 hp.

It was also in 1977 that Volvo celebrated its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this, they brought out the limited editions 244 and 264, called Jubilee. A car with silver metallic and blue velour/plush seats.

The 80s brought out the first turbocharged car, the Volvo 240 Turbo with a B2 ET engine.

The 90s brought out the 940/960. The Volvo 960 an innovativedriveline with an in-line, six cylinder, three-liter engine and an electronically controlled automatic transmission.

The Volvo received many distinction for its work on safety, and this continued in the 90s. They were recognized for best technical innovations and were given an award for their integrated child booster cushion.

The early 2000s brought about prosperity for Volvo as close to half a million cars were sold in one year. A company record and they brought out the Volvo S60.

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Ford purchased Volvo Car Corporation and it became part of Ford Moto Company’s Premier Automotive Group, along with Jaguar, Aston Martin and Land Rover. Once this purchase occurred, the company grew in its range of vehicles significantly.

When the global economic crisis of 2008 threatened the US automakers, Swedish authorities became concerned about the fate of Volvo if Ford would file for bankruptcy. These concerns mounted after repeated mass-layoffs at Volvo. Ford announced in December 2008 that it was considering selling Volvo Cars. Geely Holding Group, a Chinese company, ultimately took over Volvo from the Swedish automaker.

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It is my pleasure to assist those who want to increase their knowledge of the auto-industry. Please let me know if you have any questions about any model, my expertise is the history, mostly, but if you have any specific auto maintenance questions as well, let me know.
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Volvo is turning 89 this year and there is not time like the present to go over the company’s many accomplishments. After all, staying fresh and relevant when you’re almost a hundred is not a small feat!

It Starts With an Idea

It all began in 1924, when Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larsondecided to design a car after the Ford T had been discontinued, a car made for the Swedish roads. And so it was that the first car, the ÖV4, left the factory in Hisingen, Göteborg on April 14, 1927 and this was chosen as Volvo’s official foundation date.

But it wasn’t the car what turned Volvo from an idea into a profitable company: the next year, 1928, saw the launch offirst series-manufactured trucks, which sold out in only six months. The following decade saw the expansion of the company, with the production of different truck models and the introduction of buses on the market, as well as the acquisition of Penta, an internal combustion engine manufacturer, in 1935.

The World War Breaks Out Again

Despite the War – to which Volvo responded by inventing a producer-gas unit and displaying the TVA, a heavy-duty high-mobility vehicle designed for the military in 1939 – the company continued to grow during the 1940s. Over the next ten years Volvo would introduce new models of cars, trucks and buses, in addition to the new member of the family: the tractor. Launched in 1946, it took only two years for Volvo to become a well-established tractor manufacturer.

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The world post-War was rapidly changing, and it reflected on the sales: 1948 was the year in which, for the first time, Volvo produced more passenger cars than any other vehicles. This was due to, among other factors, the launch of PV444 – being sold at only SEK 4,800, it’s reckoned as “the first people’s car” by the company. The Volvo Group also acquired a majority shareholding in SvenskaFlygmotor, now Volvo Aero, and KöpingsMekaniskaVerkstad, an engineering company that supplied gears and gearboxes.

A Safety-Oriented Company

It was during the 1950s that Volvo introduced the three-point seat belt to the world. Based on a model patented by Americans Roger W. Griswold and Hugh DeHaven, the seat belt was developed by Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin – who also conducted several studies to prove the efficiency of the mechanism. Being safety one of the main concerns of the company, not only all Volvo cars manufactured since 1959 come equipped with the three-point belt, but the company’s made the patent for the design open and available to all vehicle manufacturers.

Volvo’s devotion to safety would land them two awards in the 1970s: an international recognition for safety through collision and road safety tests and the Don Safety Trophy, in Great Britain. Another award would be earned in the same period, the first of many: Truck of the Year.

A New Issue: The Environment

In 1992 the UN called for a Conference to discuss environmental issues such as pollution, climate change, poisonous waste, etc. The goal here was to promote the search for more environment-friendly resources, and once again Volvo could be found ahead of the game: heavy investments were made by Volvo Buses in order to design vehicles that run on natural gas and the Environmental Concept Car, ECC, with hybrid power, was presented for the world press. Over the next few years the ECB, Environmental Concept Bus, and the ECT, Environmental Concept Truck, were presented to the world.

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The Present

These last few years have seen Volvo maintaining its position as a top seller manufacturer of vehicles and mechanical parts. Its continuing commitment to the company’s core values – i.e., safety, environmental protection and sustainability, and social responsibility – has awarded Volvo yet more prizes and certifications. Its Concept Cars show Volvo’s passion for technological innovation and displays how acutely tuned to the needs of people this company is.

Congratulations on your 90th anniversary, Volvo. And here’s to another hundred more!

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Well recognise nowadays for its vehicle-oriented empire (which ranges from marine engines to cars, from buses to gigantic construction machinery), Volvo only started making a profit because of its trucks.

If the world wasn’t yet keen on private passenger cars there was still a lot of work to be done that the trucks could help with. Thus, our story begins.

Now, it would be an awfully long story if we were to review all the trucks (and there has been more than plenty for a full book – the Group does have six truck brands: Volvo, UD, Renault Trucks, Mack, Eicher and Dongfeng Trucks; they branch out around the world, meaning that Volvo trucks ARE everywhere) so how about we stick to the game changers? Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my top 5 Volvo trucks throughout the time!

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5. The Series 1 and 2

No, they are not on the list because they were the first (though that alone should be considered an amazing feat). They are here because when they were sold, in the mid-1920s, they presented customers with noveltiesaimed at the driver’s comfort, such as pneumatic tyres and a fully enclosed cab. Although not very powerful – as it had only four-cylinder petrol engine – it was a tremendous success, selling out in months.

4. The TVA and TVB

The yearwas 1937 and the threat of war loomed close to home at Volvo. The company decided to design an all-terrain heavy-duty truck that could be used to defend the country. The end result was something completely different from all the trucks made so far. When launched, the powerful 6×4 was promoted for towing artillery and anti-aircraft guns, since it also featured strong tyres and an off-road tread. The TVB, an improvement on TVA, was chosen to serve the Swedish Armed Forces.

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3. The Titan

It is said to be the most famous of Volvo trucks, introduced in 1951 for long distance hauls. Although its design didn’t present any novelties, it was under its bonnet that grasped the world’s attention. The Titan was the first truck in the world to have a turbocharger engine – used in ships, aircraft engines and locomotive engines, the engineering team at Volvo managed to insert a smaller turbocharger in the truck, resulting in this powerful vehicle.

2. The Globetrotter

A luxury truck? Why not? The Globetrotter was designed in the 1970s having in mind the drivers crossing the Iron Curtain – you do remember that those drivers couldn’t carry much western currency, don’t you? Anyway, what Volvo came up with was a cab not only enormous in interior space but also equipped with refrigerators, water tanks, sinks, etc., providing the driver with some comfort during his journey. As it turns out, everyone likes being comfortable and the Globetrotter became a hit.

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1. The FE Hybrid

The era of environmental-friendliness is upon us, and nothing suits the moment more perfectly than the FE Hybrid. It’s obvious its concept stems from current major issues: first of all, it was thought to have minimal environmental impact (such as noise pollution and exhaustion emissions) and lower fuel consumption (and, consequently, lower CO emission). Being a hybrid means it operates on both electricity and diesel – and since we want to keep our carbon footprints as small as possible, the FE was intendedfor local transportations (but Volvo doesn’t discard the idea of longer journeys).

I’ll confess it was hard choosing only five of all trucks ever manufactured by Volvo. What about your list? What is your top five? Comment bellow!

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It is my pleasure to assist those who want to increase their knowledge of the auto-industry. Please let me know if you have any questions about any model, my expertise is the history, mostly, but if you have any specific auto maintenance questions as well, let me know.
We have many things to thank toward the auto-industry. It’s been the very thing that’s kept us moving as a global economy.