When people think of Volvo, they think of safe cars built to go in the snow. The thing is, lots of modern cars are safe, some offering better levels of protection and more safety-related equipment and technology than Volvo does. Plus, lots of modern cars can handle a slippery road, thanks to traction control and the proliferation of all-wheel drive.
So what does Volvo represent today? You won’t find the answer in Autobytel’s archive of Volvo pictures, though you’ll get an excellent snapshot of how the company’s late-1990s design language weathered the first decade of the 21st Century. As can be seen in our collections of Volvo photos, the cars are unique and appealing in appearance, exhibiting the broad shoulders that have defined the brand for decades and the “Iron Mark” grille design worn by the very first Volvo produced in 1927. Among the cars and SUVs included in our galleries of Volvo images, which date back to the 1999 model year, favorites include the unusual C30 hatchback and the appealing C70 coupe/convertible.
To learn where Volvo is headed next, look toward the automaker’s new series of concept cars, starting with the Concept Coupe that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now owned by Chinese conglomerate Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd., Volvo Cars is embarking upon an ambitious remaking of the brand, from design and green engineering to launching fully autonomous vehicles by 2020.