Nearing 90 years of Volvo
At a grand 89 years old, Volvo has produced many reliable cars that have been enjoyed around the world, so with Volvo’s 90th anniversary just a year away, here are five facts about the sole Swedish manufacturer that you may not already know.
- 1963 saw the small fishing city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, selected as the base for Volvo’s first North American plant – and North America’s first foreign car plant for mass production. The decision was made as a result of the popularity of the Volvo Amazon line in the area in the ‘50s, but production ceased in 1998 as larger European factories were preferred.
- Volvo acquired the automotive arm of Netherlands’ truck manufacturer DAF in the early ‘70s, obtaining its Renault engines and the first mainstream application of the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox. Ironically, Volvo doesn’t even use them!
- Volvo is closely linked to Swedish rival Saab, based only an hour away from each other until the latter ceased to manufacture vehicles in 2014. Honouring their Swedish roots, Volvo treats Saab customers as its own.
- The Swedish nation consumes more coffee per capita than almost anyone else, taking a mid-afternoon ‘fika’ coffee break as opposed to a Spanish siesta. Da Matteo, Volvo’s local coffee roaster, supplies baristas and coffee beans to the marque’s motor show stands, gaining a reputation for offering the best coffee.
- Volvo’s renowned safety precautions are why kids can travel by car – as well as designing three-point seatbelts, side-curtain airbags, blind-spot monitoring and a whole host of other innovative features, the brand also created the first rear-facing child seat in 1967.
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