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Get To Know the History of VolvoApril 18, 2016
Let’s Talk… VolvoApril 15, 2016
State of Volvo Car CompanyMarch 30, 2016
Volvo’s Current 4 Cross-Country OfferingsMarch 22, 2016
Winning Concepts: Volvo TrucksMarch 15, 2016
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Get To Know the History of Volvo
April 18, 2016 by Volvo·0 CommentsIn 1927, a Swedish automobile company was founded called Volvo. They are part of the Volvo Car Corporation and is currently based in Sweden.
The very first Volvo car was assembled in April of 1927. The first car rolled off the assembly line and started the production of one of the most well-known brands across the world.
Only 280 cars were built that year. The first truck was known as the “Series 1” and debuted in January 1928.
Volvo comes from the Latin, “I Roll” and the company was originally going to manufacture ball bearings.
Overall, the 1920s was the breakthrough era for the auto industry in the US and Europe. The interest and demand of cars increased dramatically during this time and this helped fuel the impact and innovations Volvo was able to participate throughout Europe.
In the 1930s, the model PV655 was created. It was unique in that it had a grill placed on the radiator. This was the first time this happened in the auto industry.
It was an immediate success and attracted attention outside the country.
By 1930, Volvo sold close to 700 cars.
In this same decade, PV36 was created. The intent of the PV36 was to be a luxury model and the series only sold 500 cars.
In the 1940s, the model PV60 came out, designed to have a more American look with more space and a larger frame.
In addition to that, Volvo created a more European style car, the PV444, having a smaller frame. Despite its European style, it held American attributes as well. This combination helped Volvo achieve a high level of success.
The Volvo Sport, P1900 was met with a poor response. The demand for the Volvo Sport created only 67 cars. This model was discontinued in one year.
During World War II and through modern times, Volvo manufactured military vehicles and equipment for the Swedish Army.
During the 50s, Volvo moved towards internationalization. Introduction on the US market was incredibly important. Safety was also important and Volvo became the first to develop a three point seat belt system.
The first Volvos arrived in the United States in 1955
In the 1960s, the P1800 went into production.
Volvo was given awards for the P1800given its attractive design and was also designated car of the year between 1963 and 1964.
In 1964, a new plant was opened and had an estimated capacity of 110,000.
In August of 1966, a new car model was presented called the Volvo 144. Safety was extremely advanced with this model.
In the 1970s, the Volvo 164 E was presented, a vehicle with electronic fuel injection and 175 hp.
It was also in 1977 that Volvo celebrated its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this, they brought out the limited editions 244 and 264, called Jubilee. A car with silver metallic and blue velour/plush seats.
The 80s brought out the first turbocharged car, the Volvo 240 Turbo with a B2 ET engine.
The 90s brought out the 940/960. The Volvo 960 an innovativedriveline with an in-line, six cylinder, three-liter engine and an electronically controlled automatic transmission.
The Volvo received many distinction for its work on safety, and this continued in the 90s. They were recognized for best technical innovations and were given an award for their integrated child booster cushion.
The early 2000s brought about prosperity for Volvo as close to half a million cars were sold in one year. A company record and they brought out the Volvo S60.
Ford purchased Volvo Car Corporation and it became part of Ford Moto Company’s Premier Automotive Group, along with Jaguar, Aston Martin and Land Rover. Once this purchase occurred, the company grew in its range of vehicles significantly.
When the global economic crisis of 2008 threatened the US automakers, Swedish authorities became concerned about the fate of Volvo if Ford would file for bankruptcy. These concerns mounted after repeated mass-layoffs at Volvo. Ford announced in December 2008 that it was considering selling Volvo Cars. Geely Holding Group, a Chinese company, ultimately took over Volvo from the Swedish automaker.
Let’s Talk… Volvo
April 15, 2016 by Volvo·0 CommentsVolvo is turning 89 this year and there is not time like the present to go over the company’s many accomplishments. After all, staying fresh and relevant when you’re almost a hundred is not a small feat!
It Starts With an Idea
It all began in 1924, when Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larsondecided to design a car after the Ford T had been discontinued, a car made for the Swedish roads. And so it was that the first car, the ÖV4, left the factory in Hisingen, Göteborg on April 14, 1927 and this was chosen as Volvo’s official foundation date.
But it wasn’t the car what turned Volvo from an idea into a profitable company: the next year, 1928, saw the launch offirst series-manufactured trucks, which sold out in only six months. The following decade saw the expansion of the company, with the production of different truck models and the introduction of buses on the market, as well as the acquisition of Penta, an internal combustion engine manufacturer, in 1935.
The World War Breaks Out Again
Despite the War – to which Volvo responded by inventing a producer-gas unit and displaying the TVA, a heavy-duty high-mobility vehicle designed for the military in 1939 – the company continued to grow during the 1940s. Over the next ten years Volvo would introduce new models of cars, trucks and buses, in addition to the new member of the family: the tractor. Launched in 1946, it took only two years for Volvo to become a well-established tractor manufacturer.
The world post-War was rapidly changing, and it reflected on the sales: 1948 was the year in which, for the first time, Volvo produced more passenger cars than any other vehicles. This was due to, among other factors, the launch of PV444 – being sold at only SEK 4,800, it’s reckoned as “the first people’s car” by the company. The Volvo Group also acquired a majority shareholding in SvenskaFlygmotor, now Volvo Aero, and KöpingsMekaniskaVerkstad, an engineering company that supplied gears and gearboxes.
A Safety-Oriented Company
It was during the 1950s that Volvo introduced the three-point seat belt to the world. Based on a model patented by Americans Roger W. Griswold and Hugh DeHaven, the seat belt was developed by Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin – who also conducted several studies to prove the efficiency of the mechanism. Being safety one of the main concerns of the company, not only all Volvo cars manufactured since 1959 come equipped with the three-point belt, but the company’s made the patent for the design open and available to all vehicle manufacturers.
Volvo’s devotion to safety would land them two awards in the 1970s: an international recognition for safety through collision and road safety tests and the Don Safety Trophy, in Great Britain. Another award would be earned in the same period, the first of many: Truck of the Year.
A New Issue: The Environment
In 1992 the UN called for a Conference to discuss environmental issues such as pollution, climate change, poisonous waste, etc. The goal here was to promote the search for more environment-friendly resources, and once again Volvo could be found ahead of the game: heavy investments were made by Volvo Buses in order to design vehicles that run on natural gas and the Environmental Concept Car, ECC, with hybrid power, was presented for the world press. Over the next few years the ECB, Environmental Concept Bus, and the ECT, Environmental Concept Truck, were presented to the world.
These last few years have seen Volvo maintaining its position as a top seller manufacturer of vehicles and mechanical parts. Its continuing commitment to the company’s core values – i.e., safety, environmental protection and sustainability, and social responsibility – has awarded Volvo yet more prizes and certifications. Its Concept Cars show Volvo’s passion for technological innovation and displays how acutely tuned to the needs of people this company is.
Congratulations on your 90th anniversary, Volvo. And here’s to another hundred more!
State of Volvo Car Company
March 30, 2016 by Volvo·0 CommentsOriginally a Swedish owned automobile manufacturer, Ford Motors bought Volvo Car Company in 2000. With lagging sales and in trying to deal with the much more pressing matters of the U.S. recession, Ford sold Volvo to the Chinese holding company of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, Ltd. in 2010. With offices and design centers around the world and assembly plants in Malaysia and California, the Volvo Car Company is looking to regain its reputation as a car company centered on its customer.
In 2015, Volvo Car Company sold a total of 503,127 cars. This was the first time in Volvo’s history that more than half a million cars were sold. With a global market share of only 2 percent, Volvo is considered a small car producer. According to MarketWatch, car sales in China made up the largest market (16 percent) of the total sales volume in 2014, followed by Sweden (14 percent) and the U.S. (14 percent), with other European countries bringing in single digits of the market share.
Lex Kerssemakers has been named new Senior Vice President, The Americas Region and President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. Volvo is hoping that this leadership change will give it the shot in the arm it needs to excel. In 2014, Volvo’s U.S. Market share was a dismal .3 percent, selling only 56,000 vehicles. Kerssemakers plan is very simple; bring car sales back to at least 100,000 cars per year. When that goal should be realized hasn’t been published. What is very clear is that Kerssemakers and Zhejiang Geely are very determined to bring Volvo back from utter death.
Since Zhejiang Geely bought Volvo from Ford in 2010 they have invested $11billion dollars into manufacturing a new line of automobiles. At first glance, the new vehicles do not look much different than the older versions previously designed and built by Ford. Yet, there are some undeniable differences not easily seen by buyers. These differences will greatly affect the bottom line of the company and give it the ability to increase market share.
Better Proportioned and Better Materials
The redesigned XC90 may look like its predecessor, but once inside buyers will notice a better proportioned interior with increased attention to the interior materials.
Significant Cuts in Cost
Since the XC90 will share major components with eight other new Volvo models coming out by 2019, significant advantages will be seen in parts cost and speed of the manufacturing process.
Advanced Safety Features
Volvo is expecting to regain market share by returning to its emphasis in automobile safety. The plan to increase safety to its former glory years includes two new systems: an active cruise control that accelerates and brakes automatically in traffic to avoid collisions, and a system that prevents drivers from accidentally turning into oncoming traffic.
Volvo is expected to roll out several models, in addition to the redesigned XC90, in 2015. These include the V60 Cross Country Wagon and the S60, a long-wheelbase sedan it unveiled at the Detroit auto show.
In an historic announcement, Volvo showed the world and the U.S. automobile market that it was well on its way to meeting their goals. This year, for the first ever, a Chinese manufactured car will be sold in the United States. The Volvo S60 Inscription, a luxury-minded version of Volvo’s top-selling sedan, is expected to land on U.S soil by mid-year.
Volvo’s Current 4 Cross-Country Offerings
March 22, 2016 by Volvo·0 CommentsVolvo is well known for manufacturing a range of vehicles, including trucks, buses, and cars. Even within the category of cars, Volvo has a broad selection: They have a range of SUVs, Cross Country Wagons, and Sedans. For car owners who will be driving over many types of terrain in varying conditions, a cross-country vehicle may be the best choice. Volvo’s cross-country cars have some amazing features for adventurous drivers, while still providing a luxurious driving experience. In combining the sports car aesthetic with powerful cross country wagon models, Volvo has created some great vehicles. Here is Volvo’s 2016 cross-country lineup:
1. The XC70
The XC70 starts at $37,100 MSRP, averages 31 mpg on the highway, and has 72.1 feet of cubic cargo space. This is one of the cheaper options in the lineup, giving good performance at a more affordable price. Driving the XC70 is a comfortable experience; it boasts larger seats, a heated steering wheel, and more legroom. The cheapest Drive-E engine option comes with front-wheel drive, but for an extra $1,500 you can upgrade to all-wheel drive with the T5-AWD engine. One standout feature of this vehicle is its hill descent control. When the descent control button is pushed, the car will automatically begin to descend down the hill safely, using the brake system to control the rotating speed of each wheel. This feature protects drivers in dangerous descent conditions.
2. The S60 (Cross Country)
The S60 features a more sporty style, starting at $43,700 MSRP. Integrated tailpipes, sports seats, and a roomy interior are some of the highlights of this vehicle. It comes with an all-wheel drive, averaging 28 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg during city driving. One of its unique features is its 7.9 inch ground clearance, giving you plenty of room to safely drive over rough terrain. This clearance is provided by the car’s special cross country high profile wheels. The S60 is a great vehicle for anyone who wants luxury of a sports car combined with the power of a cross country vehicle. Accessories can also be purchased along with the car, such as a rear-end camera system. This car is not to be confused with the standard S60 which does not come with cross country features.
3. The V60 (Cross Country)
The V60 isn’t cheap, with a starting MSRP of $41,200. For this higher price, the owner of this vehicle gets some of the best features from all the cars in this lineup. Haldex all wheel drive, high ground clearance, and Hill Descent Control are all features of the V60. Another bonus is its speed sensitive steering. This feature automatically changes the steering sensitivity of the vehicle based on its current speed. On the highway the steering will be firm, while it will be light and effortless on city streets. The This V60 is the most expensive car in the lineup, but there is a less costly standard edition also available.
4. The V60 (Standard)
This is the less expensive sibling of the cross country V60, with its MSRP starting at $36,150. This vehicle is still considered a cross country car, but it puts more of its design focus on convenience and comfort. This car is one of the more economical choices, getting 37 miles per gallon on the highway. It also features the state-of-the-art Intellisafe system. This system includes some truly amazing technological improvements, such as automatic braking to avoid pedestrian collisions and automatic course adjustments which prevent you from drifting out of your lane. With these new developments from Volvo, your safety on the road is assured.
Winning Concepts: Volvo Trucks
March 15, 2016 by Volvo·0 CommentsWell recognise nowadays for its vehicle-oriented empire (which ranges from marine engines to cars, from buses to gigantic construction machinery), Volvo only started making a profit because of its trucks.
If the world wasn’t yet keen on private passenger cars there was still a lot of work to be done that the trucks could help with. Thus, our story begins.
Now, it would be an awfully long story if we were to review all the trucks (and there has been more than plenty for a full book – the Group does have six truck brands: Volvo, UD, Renault Trucks, Mack, Eicher and Dongfeng Trucks; they branch out around the world, meaning that Volvo trucks ARE everywhere) so how about we stick to the game changers? Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my top 5 Volvo trucks throughout the time!
5. The Series 1 and 2
No, they are not on the list because they were the first (though that alone should be considered an amazing feat). They are here because when they were sold, in the mid-1920s, they presented customers with noveltiesaimed at the driver’s comfort, such as pneumatic tyres and a fully enclosed cab. Although not very powerful – as it had only four-cylinder petrol engine – it was a tremendous success, selling out in months.
4. The TVA and TVB
The yearwas 1937 and the threat of war loomed close to home at Volvo. The company decided to design an all-terrain heavy-duty truck that could be used to defend the country. The end result was something completely different from all the trucks made so far. When launched, the powerful 6×4 was promoted for towing artillery and anti-aircraft guns, since it also featured strong tyres and an off-road tread. The TVB, an improvement on TVA, was chosen to serve the Swedish Armed Forces.
3. The Titan
It is said to be the most famous of Volvo trucks, introduced in 1951 for long distance hauls. Although its design didn’t present any novelties, it was under its bonnet that grasped the world’s attention. The Titan was the first truck in the world to have a turbocharger engine – used in ships, aircraft engines and locomotive engines, the engineering team at Volvo managed to insert a smaller turbocharger in the truck, resulting in this powerful vehicle.
2. The Globetrotter
A luxury truck? Why not? The Globetrotter was designed in the 1970s having in mind the drivers crossing the Iron Curtain – you do remember that those drivers couldn’t carry much western currency, don’t you? Anyway, what Volvo came up with was a cab not only enormous in interior space but also equipped with refrigerators, water tanks, sinks, etc., providing the driver with some comfort during his journey. As it turns out, everyone likes being comfortable and the Globetrotter became a hit.
1. The FE Hybrid
The era of environmental-friendliness is upon us, and nothing suits the moment more perfectly than the FE Hybrid. It’s obvious its concept stems from current major issues: first of all, it was thought to have minimal environmental impact (such as noise pollution and exhaustion emissions) and lower fuel consumption (and, consequently, lower CO emission). Being a hybrid means it operates on both electricity and diesel – and since we want to keep our carbon footprints as small as possible, the FE was intendedfor local transportations (but Volvo doesn’t discard the idea of longer journeys).
I’ll confess it was hard choosing only five of all trucks ever manufactured by Volvo. What about your list? What is your top five? Comment bellow!