Volvo Car's History of Success

2004 - In May, Volvo Car Australia introduces the all-new S40 sedan and new V50 wagon powered by Volvo's five-cylinder engines: a 2.4-litre and a turbocharged 2.5-litre.

2004 - The YCC concept car dominates the Geneva Motor Show in March. The creation of a team of nine women, the YCC features gull-winged doors and a radically clever interior with interchangeable interior trims. The sports car's exterior features winglets along the rapidly racked rear glass - reminiscent of the classic 1800 sports car.

2004 - Volvo Car's Koping plant in Sweden becomes Ford Motor Company's Centre of Excellence for all-wheel drive as part of the Volvo Car-Getrag AWD AB joint venture.

2004 - Two world-first safety systems - BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and Inflatable Curtain for convertibles - are shown at Detroit Motor Show in January.

2003 - Volvo Car reveals the dynamically-improved S40 sedan at Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Floating Centre Console is a breakthrough in design. S40 and V50 wagon variant (revealed at Bologna Motor Show in December) are built at the renovated Ghent factory in Belgium. Volvo also introduces IDIS.

2003 - XC90 makes a July introduction into the Australian market. The XC90 becomes the first SUV in the world to receive full star rating for impact protection. XC90 debuts five world-first safety features (for an SUV) including RSC and ROPS.

2002 - The Volvo XC90 is revealed at Detroit Motor Show in January. In April, Volvo Car Australia joins Land Rover Australia and Jaguar Australia to from Premier Automotive Group Australia. Volvo decides to change V70 XC name to XC70 to keep continuity with XC90.

2000 - Volvo Car introduces three all-new models on its P1 large platform: the S60 sedan, the V70 wagon and the all-wheel-drive V70 XC wagon.

1999 - Volvo Car is acquired by Ford Motor Company. Volvo Car HQ remains in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1998 - The S40 wins the Bathurst 1000 and BTCC championship. The luxurious and powerful S80 arrives and sets a new benchmark for occupant protection with standard safety technology such as the Inflatable Curtain (IC) protecting the head during an impact.

1997 - All-wheel-drive V70 XC is introduced globally, arriving in Australia in 1998. Name changes to XC70 in 2002.

1996 - The C70 Coupe is introduced. The soft-top C70 Cabriolet arrives soon after. Both are built at TWR-Volvo jointly owned plant in Uddevalla, Sweden.

1995 - S40 and V40 are revealed. The two compact Volvos arrive in Australia in 1997. Built in Born, Netherlands, the S40/V40s are a definite sales success.

1995 - Volvo safety engineers develop the world's first side impact air bag

1991 - Volvo's Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) is introduced on the new 850 sedan and wagon. SIPS is a world-first safety technology and is the result of Volvo's on-going real crash injury research.

1990 - The 960 and 940 are introduced.

1986 - Volvo 240 Turbo wins Australian Touring Car Championship.

1982 - The 760 is introduced, soon followed by the 740.

1976 - Volvo becomes the first manufacturer to introduce catalytic converter and Lambda sensor to reduce tailpipe emissions.

1974 - The enormously successful 240 is introduced. Volvo will build a total of 2.8 million 240s by 1993 when production is terminated.

1970 - Volvo establishes Volvo Australia. Local Volvo assembly in Clayton, Victoria starts in 1972 and continues until 1988.

1970 - Volvo forms the world's first automobile crash investigation team. The team is still active and their real crash data is used to assist Volvo Car engineers in developing occupant safety systems.

1969 - Inertia reels enhance the effectiveness of the three-point belt

1966 - Volvo 144 is declared 'World's Safest Car'. Volvo begins research and development of crumple zone body technology.

1965 - Volvo wins the world rally championship.

1961 - First Volvos are imported to Australia - 120s and 1800s.

1959 - Nils Bohlin designs the three-point seat belt and Volvo is the first in the world to provide the three-point safety belt as standard in a series manufactured car. Millions of lives have been saved as a direct result.

1953 - The Duett wagon is introduced and thereafter the functional family wagon becomes a trademark of the Volvo brand.

1944 - Laminated windscreen installed as standard. The industry would follow 15 years later.

1927 - On April 14, the first Volvo car - the OV4 or Jakob - is driven through the factory gates by sales manager Hilmer Johansson.

1924 - July 25, Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson while dining at the Sturehof Restaurant in Stockholm agree to design and build a new Swedish car. The young company adopts the Volvo name in August 1926.

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