Few car companies can claim the same pedigree as Volvo Cars when it comes to the design and manufacture of family estates. That is why the news that Volvo will reveal its new V90 estate on February 18 in Stockholm is so widely-anticipated and significant.
At the time of its launch, there was scarcely a car in existence that was more practical than the model Volvo unveiled exactly 50 years ago, in summer 1953. Half a century and millions of estate cars later, the concept of practicality still remains the talking point of these Volvo cars.
The PV445 was the bare chassis version of the PV444, but with a separate chassis frame instead of the 444 unitary construction. Its mechanical design and frontal appearance, however, were identical to the PV444 except for an additional bar in the grille.