Volvo History


Volvo Autos is a Swedish car manufacturer that has a long and impressive heritage which covers many decades. The company was founded in 1927, and are still going strong, so have producing cars for more than eighty years, and have consistently improved their efforts with every passing year. The company is renowned for producing some of the safest and most secure vehicles in the world, and this has ever been the case. The first Volvo to really capture the global market’s imagination was the P1800, which was popularized by the actor Roger Moore in the television series The Saint. By the middle of the 1960’s the Volvo corporation was really booming, and so they developed a headquarters in Sweden that was capable of producing over 200,000 cars a year. The Volvo 140 was the next release to take the world by storm, and when it was released in 1966 it quickly became a household name, cementing Volvo’s place in the big league of international car manufacturers.

The Volvo corporation continued to grow and evolve, and the company’s research and development team went on to produce such safety features as rear facing child seats, crumple zones, collision safety, three way catalytic converters, and collapsible steering columns, which we all nowadays take for granted. The sales of Volvo cars continued apace during the 1970’s, with models such as the Volvo 340 and Volvo 240 achieving endless new registrations, while in the 1980’s with the release of the Volvo 400, which superseded the Volvo 340, Volvo really secured itself a niche market of its own, which it continues to develop with models like the Volvo C30.

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The Swedish Volvo Organization was established in 1927 by Gustaf Larsson and Assar Gabrielson, who began manufacturing their first motor vehicle in a compact little factory in Hisingen, Gothenburg. Their first product was a roofless car powered by a four cylinder engine that was called the Volvo OV4. Thereafter they manufactured a saloon variant called the PV4. Around three hundred models rolled off the production line that first year, but these vehicles were not great successes. They followed this by producing a greater range of models, such as the PV651, the PV 652, the TR671 and the TR672, and this enabled the pair to buy outright the small factory in Hinsingen in which the company was based.

The Volvo corporation reached its first major production landmark in 1932 when the one thousandth vehicle rolled off the production line. The company broadened the scope of its designs when they produced a Volvo bus, which was known as the LV70B, and thereafter, between the years of 1933 and 1943, the Volvo production line produced a range of new cars, taxis and buses, which were all cutting edge vehicles in terms of their design and engineering, with very modern styling and a multitude of different functions that you still see in modern motor vehicles today. When World War II broke out the Volvo production was interrupted, and the company entered into a rather fallow period. However with the eventual release of the PV444 and PV544, Volvo returned to their previous position of market dominance. Please contact our Volvo Motor Vehicles experts for further details.

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