Welcome to the Volvo Motor Vehicles website
Welcome to the Volvo Motor Vehicles website. The Volvo corporation is a famous Swedish car manufacturer, known throughout the world as producer of some of the safest cars the world has ever seen. The Volvo company is both the biggest corporation in Sweden, Northern Europe’s biggest car manufacturer, and also one of the twenty biggest car manufacturers in the world. The company’s founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson established production in a little factory in 1927, and for ten good years the company was churning out cars, taxis and buses, until in 1937 they had reached an annual output of ten thousand vehicles. World War II interrupted the company’s growth, but thereafter the business picked up where it left off and continued to grow, expanding into many other fields, manufacturing consumer and production goods, and quickly became the biggest corporation in the whole of Scandinavia. The name Volvo was first used on SKF ball bearings in 1915, and was later registered as a brand name via the trade mark registry and the Swiss royal patent. Every SKF ball bearing has since borne the Volvo logo, and are used in cars all over the world. The word volvere in latin is the infinitive of ‘roll’ – which is why guns with rollers are called revolvers – and when used in the first person singular, volvere becomes the word volvo. Volvo therefore means to roll on, which is exactly what the growth of the famous company continued to do in the rest of the twentieth century.
Volvo cars are renowned throughout Northern Europe and the rest of the world, as a result of their high build quality and excellent performance, but primarily due to the world famous Volvo dedication to safety. The United States Highway Loss Data Institute compiled a list of the world’s ten safest car manufacturers, and unsurprisingly, Volvo was rated as being number one. This was no accident, for the founders of the company established the firm with an ethos of commitment to car safety. The first ever Volvo car was also the first ever car to undergo crash testing before being released for sale to the general public. This happened in 1926, on the Gothenburg Got road in Stockholm, with the impact test being a purposeful collision between one of only nine Volvo OV4’s that had thus far been produced, and an imported American car. The result of the test was that the American vehicle was reduced to scrap, while the Volvo escaped with no more than a handful of scars, and was certainly still roadworthy. The Volvo team had met their challenge in designing a truly safe automobile, and ever since then Volvo cars have led the industry in terms of designing safe cars and innovating new safety features. This ethos was continued with the production of the PV444, a car that was full of safety innovations such as laminated windscreens and a body configuration framework that was to be used in cars for the next fifty years. If you would like more information about Volvo Motor Vehicles, please send us an email.