Four new models saw the light of day in 2000: the brand-new Volvo S60, a compact medium-sized sedan, the revised and improved Volvo V70 and V70 Cross Country models (V70 XC), and the new versions of the Volvo S40 and V40. In 2002 the SUV XC90 was launched. 2003 the new S40 and V50 were launched followed in 2005 by the convertible C70 and in 2006 a sporty coupe C30. In 2007 the plug-in-hybrid ReCharge Concept Car was shown. In 2008 came the crossover XC60 and later the introducuction of extremely economical cars - the DRIVe cars.
The 1990s marked the biggest technical transition for Volvo in terms of how Volvo cars were to be designed and built for the future. A modular family of engines was the first result, initially as a six-cylinder engine in the new 960 model in late 1990 and appearing less than a year later in a five-cylinder version in the completely new Volvo 850 GLT - the car with four world firsts: one at the front, one at the rear and two in the middle. These were the transverse five-cylinder engine with its transmission and front-wheel drive integrated into a compact unit, the delta-link rear suspension, the SIPS side impact protection system and the ARH belt reel with its automatic height adjustment. The 850 became the basis for most Volvo models of the 1990s, expanding the range as usual with entry-level models as well as prestige versions, even convertibles. Other new cars from Volvo were the Dutch-built S40/V40 and the prestigious S80 in 1998 which again marked a new era of technology and innova
1980 - the first turbocharged Volvo car - the Volvo 240 Turbo. Volvo Concept Car (VCC) to test the technical solutions in the fields of energy and the environment. 1981 - the one-millionth Volvo bound for North America left the assembly line. This jubilee car was a silver 240 estate. 1982 - Volvo unveiled the Volvo 760. 1983 - Volvo presented a project for the future - the LCP 2000 (Light Component Project). 1984 - new addition to the 700 Series, the Volvo 740. 1985 - Volvo 780, Volvo 480 ES, Volvo 740/760 Estates. 1986 - an environmental success wthen engines with catalytic converters and the Lambda Sond were introduced. 1987 - A microprocessor-controlled climate unit known as ECC (Electronic Climate Control) was introduced. 1988 - The Volvo 440 was introduced. 1989 - The Experimental Safety Vehicle Conference was held in Gothenburg for the first time. Volvo's contribution, which included side-collision protection and a child booster cushion integrated into the rear seat of the car.
1970 - The Volvo Amazon (P120) was phased out. During the year Volvo passed the 2 million car production mark. 1971 - The most powerful standard car Volvo had ever produced was presented - the Volvo 164 E. And 1800 ES was presented. 1972 - Volvo presented a safety vehicle - the VESC, Volvo Experimental Safety Car. 1973 - The US became Volvo's largest market ahead of Sweden.Volvo Technical Centre (VTC) new opportunities for experiments and tests. 1974 - A new generation of Volvo cars was presented: the Volvo 240 with six different models and the Volvo 260 with two models. 1975 - Two new cars were presented: the Volvo 265 and the Volvo 66. The 265 was an exclusive estate with a 6-cylinder engine and excellent comfort. 1976 - The US traffic safety administration (NHTSA) purchased a number of Volvo 240s, which were used to set the safety standards against which all new cars on the US market were tested. The Volvo 343 from Holland made its appearance. 1977 - Volvo celebrated its 50th anniv
1960 - Volvo presented an entirely new vehicle - a sports car. The P1800 was presented - A revolution. 1961 - In October the Amazon 121 was released. On April 24th 1964 the new Torslanda Plant was opened. Another assembly plant was opened in Ghent in Belgium in 1965. Volvo 144 was introduced in 1966 and next year was the 145 Estate introduced . 1998 came the Volvo 164, a prestige version.
1950 - B Series of the PV444 was introduced. - 1951 - The B model of the PV444 was replaced by the C model. 1952 - In January the 25,000th PV444 left the Volvo plant on Hisingen. 1953 - The first Volvo Duett was introduced in the summer. 1954 - the Volvo Sport were introduced - 1955 - of the Volvo Sport ceased after only one year. 1956 - The big news this year was the Volvo 120, known in Scandinavia as the Amazon. 1957 - The top half of the dashboard was "padded". Safety belt anchorage points on the front seats were standard. 1958 - The windscreen on the PV544 was larger, it was not split and was slightly convex. 1959 - Volvo was the first car manufacturer in the world to equip its cars with three point safety belts as a standard fitting.
1940 - The decline in sales was compensated to some extent by a new area of operations within Swedish defence. . 1941 - The successor to the PV53-56 was to have been the PV60, a larger car in the American style. Deliveries, which were due to begin in May 1940, had to be postponed. Even so, Volvo built a number of prototypes in which the bodywork was developed in different ways. 1942 -Volvo purchased Köpings Mekaniska Verkstad AB, which had supplied the company with gears and gearboxes since the start. 1943 - PV444, was due to be introduced in the autumn of 1944. 1944 - introduction of PV444 - the people's choice. 1945 - fortunately the war ended. But a long strike began. 1946 - The production of the PV60 began on a modest scale. 1947 - Ten PV444s was built to check that the production process functioned. 1948 - Almost 3,000 cars were produced. 1949 - 12,700 PV444S were produced.
1930 - Volvo bought its engine supplier, Pentaverken in Skövde. A new passenger car PV652 was introduced. 1931 - two new taxis the TR673 and TR674. 1932 - fuel consumption lowered, the free-wheel was introduced. 1933 - the new PV653 (standard) and PV654 (de Luxe) models were presented. 1934 - a new series of 7-seater taxis. 1935 - the big news was the PV36, "the streamlined car". 1936 - the PV51 was introduced. 1937 - introduction of the PV52, which was better equipped than the PV51. 1938 - The new models this year were the PV53 and the PV54 standard versions and the PV55 and PV56 de Luxe versions. 1939 - with the onstart of the Second World War fuel consumption was a main task for Volvo. Production of producer-gas units started by the spring.
Convinced that a Swedish-built quality car had a given place in the market, the dream of Messrs Gabrielsson and Larson came true on the 14th of April 1927 when the first Volvo, the ÖV4, rolled off the assembly line. It was a four-door open tourer with a four-cylinder 2-litre engine. During the first year, 297 cars were sold, from a calculated 300 (a closed version was added later in the year) and Volvo was off on the biggest venture in Swedish industrial history. Realising from the start that heavy vehicles and export sales were vital factors for survival, trucks were introduced already in 1928 and the same year the first market company, in Finland, was established. Shortly after, a six-cylinder model – the PV651 – was added to the range, providing the technical basis for cars and trucks alike, and company also entered the important taxi market. When 1929 became 1930, Volvo had produced close to 3,000 vehicles, half of which were cars. The wheels of Volvo had begun rolling, materialisi
On 14 April 1927, the first mass-produced Volvo car rolled off the production line at the Lundby factory in Göteborg. Now, 85 years later, the Volvo Group is one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles and Volvo Car Corporation sells almost 500,000 cars each year.
Volvo Cars will be exhibiting five cars with a link to Bertone, the Italian car designer, at the massive vintage and classic car show in the German city of Essen on 15th April. It will be showcasing unique examples of the exclusive 262C and 780 coupés and a rare convertible, only five of which were built by Solaire in California.