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Some timeago there was a meme about Volvo going around the Internet. It said: Good Guy Volvo invented the three-point seat belt and then let everyone use it. Granted, the development of the three-point belt was a big deal, and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we’re grateful not only for it, but for the decision to keep the patent opened.

However, the three-point belt was only one of the innovations that Volvo has brought into our lives. A quick research online showed me that the Swedish company is responsible for many others, invented or made popular by them, and I’d like to share with you my favourites. So here’s my *drum rolls* Volvo Countdown!

5: The Three-Point Seat Belt

(Okay, so I’ve talked about it before, so that why this particular piece of equipment is not number 1. But it was a game changer, and it is considered, to this day, a vital part of safety driving, so I couldn’t just leave it out).

Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin developed the seat belt we all use nowadays in 1959; after that, all Volvos exited the production line already equipped with the safety device. Volvo left the patent opened so everyone could benefit from it, which is another bonus point for the Swedes.

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4: Rear-Facing Child Seat

Baby car seats and booster seats are now mandatory in many countries, and it all started in the 1960s, when companies developed researches and designs meant to improve the safety of children inside cars. It comes as no surprise that Volvo was one of the pioneers, starting as early as 1964 under the tutelage of Prof.BertilAldman, M.D. The first rear-facing child seat was sold in 1967 as an accessory for the Volvo Amazon, with booster seats following in the next years.

3: Environmentally Conscious

Nowadays it’s expect from all companies to have a plan to help save the environment – or at least not damage it much more than they have. Volvo’s interest in the issue can be traced back to 1992, when Volvo Buses began to research and develop buses that could run on natural gas and also presentedThe Environmental Concept Car(ECC), which used recycled materials and had a hybrid engine (electric and petrol).It wasalsoon that decade that the Lambda probe designed and used by Volvo made its way into everyone else’s.

2: Concept Cars

I know, I know, it’s not something Volvo invented or is distinctive to the brand, but bear with me. Volvo always comes forward with cars you and I would like to drive because it’s functional and answers our real, day-to-day needs, even if in a whimsical way. A few years ago Volvo had a team of women design their perfect car, the Your Concept Car; it was safe and comfortable, in addition to ensuring easy access to all cabin and easily maintained. To celebrate 50 years of the rear-facing child seat they unveiled the Excellence Child Seat Concept, a twist on the XC90 which substitutes the passenger seat for a child seat. The ReCharge Concept, another clean car, can run up to 100km on electricity before turning to its Flexi fuel engine.

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1: Airbags

Again, not a Volvo invention, but definitely taken up a notch or two by the Swedes. While driver seat air bags were already in use, in the mid-nineties Volvo developedthe Side Impact air bag to complement the internal structure of the car; the feature once offered as optional was made standard on all Volvo cars produced after 1995.Only a few years later, in 1998, curtain air bags were designed to protect passengers both in the front and in the back seats. Once again made standard on all Volvo cars, it’s considered a more advanced feature and its the one mostly used by manufacturers nowadays.

Okay, so this is my countdown. How would yours go? What would you include or leave out? Make sure to 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.

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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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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.