THE HISTORY OF VOLVO
Known for safety, quality, and style, the Volvo name translates as “I roll” from its Latin origin. The company has been on that roll since April 14, 1927. That’s the day the first auto departed the Gothenburg, Sweden, factory. Since then, the manufacturer has turned out millions of units loved by drivers worldwide. If you’re one of those owners, you can get expert service and repairs for your Volvo at Holland Car Care in San Carlos, California.
THE EARLY YEARS
At the auto manufacturer started by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larsson, safety and quality were founding principles. This legacy has continued across the decades. The founders produced both enclosed and convertible (cabriolet) models with a strong focus on sturdiness and durability so that the cars could stand up to the hard weather conditions experienced in certain times and locations in Sweden.
Although most owners would agree that every Volvo is special, some models mark key points in the organization’s history. For example, “Jakob” was the very first model. The OV4, PV4, and PV651 represented progressions of sturdier and larger vehicles with a bigger engine. Following a production lull during World War II, the PV444 was the first small Volvo. Its production spanned several decades and made the auto line popular in the United States, and it was followed by the 120 “Amazon.” Along with the PV544, this vehicle boasted the first three point seatbelt, an innovation in passenger safety. Finally, the 140 solidified the company as a provider of family cars.
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
As mentioned, Volvo’s Nils Bohlin developed the first three-point safety belt which was installed in the 1959 models. Continuing that tradition, the manufacturer added multiple other features to protect passengers before they were standard fare for other auto lines. As early as the 1960’s and 1970’s, Volvo owners were protected by rear-facing child seats, steering columns designed to collapse in a serious crash, impact-absorbing crumple zones, and protection in side collisions. The 1980’s ushered in models with enhanced ability to hug the road, further increasing handling ability and, therefore, safety.
What’s more, this company is also known for releasing models that are safer for the environment. The company introduced the first three-way catalytic converter with a Lambda oxygen sensor (Lambda-Sond). All this attention to detail has led to the recognition of Volvo as one of the safest auto lines in the world.
ACCESSIBILITY AND POPULARITY
As Volvo increased production and marketed cars worldwide, the line became ever more popular, recognized for style and design. An additional boost was marked by the P1800 sports car popularized by Roger Moore and “The Saint” television program. Keep your wonderful Volvo running well with timely service and repairs at Holland Car Care.