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The first mass-produced Volvo car rolled off the production line in Gothenburg in 1927. Since then, we have delivered a steady stream of cars equipped with world-leading innovations.

Volvos Swedish headquarters

 

  • 1915 – Volvo was incorporated as a subsidiary of AB SKF, the Swedish ball bearing manufacturer.
  • 1924 – Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, the two founders, decided to start construction of a Swedish car. The original production models were designed to withstand the rigors of Sweden’s rough roads and cold temperatures. This emphasis on durability has been a feature of Volvo products ever since.
  • 1927 – Sales Manager Hilmer Johansson drove the first series-manufactured Volvo car through the factory gates and the company known as Volvo was officially born.
  • 1929 – At this time, Germany was producing 148 different makes of vehicles, France 109 and the USA approximately 70.
  • 1930 – Management of Volvo was finally able to relax somewhat and breath more easily. Thanks to successful truck sales, the company was now financially viable.The Series 3 trucks were extremely popular and Volvo Penta was enjoying tremendous success with its outboard engines.
  • 1932 – Volvo sold a total of 2,448 vehicles and the company was enjoying the benefits of an advantageous rate of foreign exchange, with the dollar trading very high in relation to the Swedish kronor. Volvo’s first export success, the LV71-74 was sold in countries all over the world.
  • 1941 – During the war years Volvo’s business operations underwent a period of rapid expansion.
  • Volvo acquired a majority shareholding in Svenska Flygmotor, now Volvo Aero and delivered its 50,000th vehicle.
  • 1944 – The first of many Volvo inventions in the field of safety is said to be the introduction of the PV model in 1944. An important safety feature on that car model was the laminated glass wind-screen.
  • In September 1944, Volvo invited the general public to a major exhibition at the Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm. All the current Volvo products and Volvo’s full range of military vehicles were put on display. The star of the show however, was the new small car, the PV444
  • 1949 – The 100,000th Volvo car came off the assembly line at the Lundby plant it was a black PV 444. The PV445 was introduced. It was built in many different forms, as a small truck, an estate, a van and a convertible.
  • 1950 – Volvo acquired the construction equipment manufacturer, AB Bolinder-Munktell, later part of the VME Group (now Volvo Construction Equipment).
  • A new material known as “reflex” (reflector) was introduced on the Swedish market. It was designed to increase traffic safety in the darkness.
  • 1960 – Volvo strengthened its position when it acquired its competitor, Arvika-Thermaenius. The S1000 was now sold as a Munktell, but under the name Volvo BM.
  • 1964 – Volvo opened its Torslanda plant in Sweden, which currently is one of its largest production sites (chiefly large cars and SUV
  • 1965 – Ghent, Belgium plant was opened, which is the company’s second largest production site (chiefly small cars)
  • 1970 – The very last Amazon, number 667,323, was pushed out of the plant by hand by a group of people, including the President of the Company, Gunnar Engellau. A few months later, in the autumn, the two-millionth Volvo car rolled off the assembly line.
  • 1980 – A new plant for producing bus chassis and trucks was opened in Curitiba, Brazil. The VCC – Volvo Concept Car, ‘the Volvo of the 80’s’ was presented in spring
  • 1986 – Marked a record year for Volvo in the US, with 113,267 cars sold.
  • 1989 – Uddevalla plant in Sweden was opened, which is now jointly operated by Volvo Car Corporation and Pininfarina of Italy.
  • 1990 – The decade started with the exciting announcement that Volvo had entered into an alliance with the French automotive manufacturer, Renault. At first, the news was received with enthusiasm, but as time passed this reaction changed somewhat. Volvo presented its new 960 car model in 1990
  • 1995 – The Volvo Museum opened in a permanent location in Arendal.
  • 2002 – Volvo celebrated its 75th anniversary
  • 2009 The Volvo Group enters partnership with WWF to reduce CO2-emissions by 13 million tons.

The 2014 MY Volvo XC60