The word "Volvo" is a derivative of the Latin for "I roll." Volvo originally started as a Swedish ball-bearing maker but soon developed vehicles that are now known for strength and safety. Today, all types of Volvo vehicles have maintained that reputation -- for good reason.
The Volvo name
A Volvo-built vehicle in the United States is most likely a vehicle built by Volvo Cars, a company owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. Volvo Group in other countries manufactures everything from Mack Trucks to buses, heavy-duty trucks, engine systems and even rocket engine components. In short, the Volvo name is used on many products and for several brands, but all are known for reliability, quality and technical ability.
A history of safety
The first Volvo vehicle rolled off the production line in 1927. Many of the safety and security features that now come standard in vehicles sold in the United States are innovations developed by Volvo. Laminated windshield glass was first introduced in 1944. The modern three-point safety belt was built by a Volvo engineer. Rear-facing child seats, booster seats, head-protecting airbags, daytime running lights, and even side curtain airbags were all introduced first in Volvo vehicles. In short, Volvo is a name that is rightly associated with constant development of safety and security in the driver's seat.
Volvo vehicles are also well-known for having lengthy lifespans. A Guinness World Record for most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle is held by a 1966 Volvo P1800, which operated for more than 2.8 million miles, more than 20 times the average expected lifespan of a vehicle. Some calculations say that the average lifespan for a Volvo vehicle is more than 19 years; an average vehicle usually lasts about eight years.
The innovation behind Volvo vehicles is still continuing. Electric vehicles and electric-hybrid vehicles are being developed to handle long ranges and difficult road conditions. Volvo will continue to develop long-lasting, safe vehicles that meet the coming challenges of transportation for the foreseeable future.