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A manufacturer of cars, SUVs, trucks, and buses founded in 1927 and based in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1999 the company "split," with the Volvo brand of cars and light trucks being sold to the Ford Motor Company. Despite the split, the companies have 72 years of shared history and will remain combined for the purpose of organizing The Crittenden Automotive Library.

Vehicle names used by Volvo currently and throughout history include:  122, 1800E, 1800ES, 240, 465, 740, 760, 850, 940, 960, B7L, C30, C70, Concept Coupe, Concept Estate, F12, FM 7, P1800, P1900, S40, S60, S70, S80, V40, V50, V60, V70, XC60, and XC90.

Volvo has a program called the Volvo For Life Awards.

Volvo dealerships include:
Capital Volvo (Albany, New York)
Highland Park Volvo/Chrysler/Plymouth (Highland Park, Illinois)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Volvo page on 2 August 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Volvo Group (Swedish: Volvokoncernen; legally Aktiebolaget Volvo, shortened to AB Volvo) (stylized as VOLVO) is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg. While its core activity is the production, distribution and sale of trucks, buses and construction equipment, Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems and financial services. Although the two firms are still often conflated, Volvo Cars, also based in Gothenburg, has been a totally separate company since it was sold off in 1999. The companies still share the Volvo logo and co-operate in running the Volvo Museum.

Volvo was established in 1915 as a subsidiary of SKF, the ball bearing manufacturer; however the Volvo Group and Volvo Cars consider themselves to have been officially founded on 14 April 1927, when the first car, the Volvo ÖV 4 series, affectionately known as "Jakob", rolled out of the factory in Hisingen, Gothenburg. The building remains (57°42′50″N 11°55′19″E).

Volvo means "I roll" in Latin, conjugated from "volvere", in reference to ball bearings. The brand name Volvo was originally registered as a trademark in May 1911 with the intention to be used for a new series of SKF ball bearings. This idea was only used for a short period and SKF decided to simply use "SKF" as the trademark for all its bearing products.

In 1924, Assar Gabrielsson, an SKF sales manager, and engineer Gustav Larson, the two founders, decided to start construction of a Swedish car. Their vision was to build cars that could withstand the rigors of the country's rough roads and cold temperatures.

AB Volvo began activities on 10 August 1926. After one year of preparations involving the production of ten prototypes the firm was ready to commence the car-manufacturing business within the SKF group. AB Volvo was introduced at the Stockholm stock exchange in 1935 and SKF then decided to sell its shares in the company. Volvo was delisted from NASDAQ in June 2007, but remains listed on the Stockholm exchange.

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Volvo Cars page on 2 August 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Volvo Car Corporation (Swedish: Volvo personvagnar) (stylized as VOLVO) is a Swedish luxury vehicle manufacturer established in 1927 and headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, where it operates out of the VAK building. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China.

Volvo Car Corporation was originally founded as a subsidiary of the ball bearing maker SKF. When Volvo AB was introduced on the Swedish stock exchange in 1935, SKF sold most of the shares in the company. Volvo Cars was owned by AB Volvo until 1999, when it was acquired by the Ford Motor Company as part of its Premier Automotive Group. Geely Holding Group then acquired Volvo Cars from Ford in 2010.

Volvo Cars manufactures and markets sport utility vehicles, station wagons, sedans, compact executive sedans, and coupes. With approximately 2,300 local dealers from around 100 national sales companies worldwide, Volvo Cars' largest markets are the United States, Sweden, China and Belgium. In 2011, Volvo Cars sold 449,255 cars globally, an increase of 20.3% compared to 2010.


Photographs

CARS in Miniature Volvo Promos Promotional Models
Photo ©2007 Bill Crittenden
January 2007 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Boston/Cambridge Volvo Boston/Cambridge
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Motorsports

Championships Won in Volvos

YearSeriesDriverModel
1986Australian Touring Car ChampionshipRobbie Francevic240T


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
14 January 2001Volvo Web Site may save lives in worldwide raceVolvo Ocean Race
24 March 2006Japan's Nissan Diesel Sells Stake to VolvoCatherine Makino
22 May 2006Volvo Group: Aiming At Reducing Traffic AccidentsKenneth McKinley
9 June 2006Buried SUV From Volvo? Try Out The Worldwide ‘Pirate' Treasure HuntTerry Brown
14 June 2006Volvo Takes Home 16 Gold Medals During Michelin ChallengeKevin Anderson
3 July 2006Volvo, Out To Conquer Indian Auto MarketKenneth McKinley
28 July 2006Volvo Out For New Generation Of Hometown HeroesKenneth McKinley
4 August 2006Volvo Releases List of Treasure Hunt FinalistsKevin Anderson
16 August 2006July 2006: The Descend of Volvo Cars in North AmericaTerry Brown
16 August 2006Newest Volvo Car Designers from TaiwanKenneth McKinley
18 August 2006New Volvo Every Three Years For Detroit Doctor, ASarah McBride
25 August 2006Volvo Brand Means SafetyKenneth McKinley
26 January 2007Volvo Expanding Its China ConnectionGlady Reign
21 February 2007Volvo Bids $1B For Nissan DieselAnthony Fontanelle
3 April 2007Volvo Entertains DNA EvolutionGlady Reign
3 April 2007Volvo Unveils New Business Centre NetworkGlady Reign
16 April 2007Looking Back on Volvo’s Safety InnovationGlady Reign
16 April 2007Volvo Shares Safety TipsGlady Reign
17 April 2007A Look Back at Volvo in the 1930’sGlady Reign
17 April 2007Volvo Before the Turn of the CenturyGlady Reign
17 April 2007Volvo Marks 80th AnniversaryGlady Reign
17 April 2007Volvo Trucks Integrates Active Safety SystemsGlady Reign
22 April 2007Volvo S70 V70 C70 ClubsPatrick Kolodziejek
5 June 2007Ford "Not in Discussion" To Sell VolvoAnthony Fontanelle
30 August 2007Volvo Moves Gingerly To Be SexyAnthony Fontanelle
12 September 2007Volvo Sale: Ford, Still UndecidedAnthony Fontanelle
13 November 2007Popular Science Lauds Volvo's Child Booster Cushion SystemAnthony Fontanelle
15 November 2007Volvo Receives Award For Child SeatAnthony Fontanelle
2 April 2008Volvo Awarded International Safety HonorAnthony Fontanelle
18 December 2008French appeals court confirms Volvo guilty over death crashWikinews
10 August 2009History of Volvo, TheSteven Magill
23 December 2009Volvo wird an chinesischen Automobilhersteller verkauft Wikinews
2 August 2010Geely Completes China’s Biggest Foreign Car PurchaseVOA Breaking News
11 January 2011Volvo уволила троих сотрудников за критику компании в Facebook Викиновости
18 January 2011EU Raids Top Truck Makers in Cartel InvestigationVOA Breaking News
25 January 2011Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards; Volvo Trucks North America, Renewal of ExemptionFederal Register: FMCSA (Larry W. Minor)
25 February 2011Volvo to Invest $11 Billion in Next Five YearsVOA Breaking News
5 May 2011Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards; Volvo Trucks North America, Renewal of ExemptionFederal Register: FMCSA (Larry W. Minor)
3 July 2012Volvo to Pay $1.5 Million in Civil Penalties for Delayed Reporting of Recalls in 2010, 2012NHTSA
25 April 2013Volvo crash 4 cars per week at their crash test facility in Gothenburg Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
13 May 2013Volvo's new engines. More fast, more eco Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
14 May 2013Volvo models get across the range refresh and DAB radios (hurrah!) Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
4 June 2013The Volvo Museum in Gothenburg Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
18 June 2013Volvo to join the V8 Supercars grid in 2014 Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
29 June 2013Finding The Best Volvo Parts Available OnlineDerek Twemlow
4 July 2013Volvo don't want you to crash your Volvo ever Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
5 July 2013Volvo's raft of safety features - this is the future Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 August 2013Volvo's new T6 engine has a turbo AND a supercharger Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
12 September 2013Watch a hamster drive a Volvo truck Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
17 October 2013Volvo has made a huge step in battery technology for electric cars Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
22 October 2013How To Find Digital Radio In A Volvo Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
4 December 2013Volvo Prove Winter Tyre's Effectiveness Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
18 December 2013Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Volvo/Prevost LLCFederal Register: FMCSA (Larry W. Minor)
13 March 2015Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Grant of Temporary Exemption for Volvo/Prevost LLCFederal Register: FMCSA (T. F. Scott Darling, III)
24 July 2015Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Volvo Trucks of North AmericaFederal Register: FMCSA (Larry W. Minor)
21 December 2015Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Volvo Trucks of North America Application for an ExemptionFederal Register: FMCSA (T.F. Scott Darling, III)
25 March 2016Notice of Unsafe Condition Involving Commercial Motor Vehicles Affected by Volvo Trucks North America's Safety Recall and Out-of-Service DeclarationFederal Register: FMCSA (T.F. Scott Darling, III)




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