When most people learn the name Volvo is derived from a Latin word meaning “I roll” they assume it refers to the cars. The actuality is it refers to the company from which Volvo evolved, the Svenska Kullagerfabriken AB, which translates to the “Swedish Ball Bearing Factory” AB. The company is referred to by the initialism “SKF”.
The first Volvo models came to the United States in the 1950s. Leading the way was the iconic Volvo PV444. This was one of the first truly successful Volvo models. In the 1960’s Volvo launched a sports car, the P1800. Available as both a coupe and a compact station wagon, the P1800 was also featured on television being driven by Roger Moore playing the character “The Saint”.
Safety has always been an integral aspect of the philosophy guiding the development of new Volvo cars. That said, today’s Volvo models are as much about luxury and performance as they are about safety. The first models to benefit from this were the S40 and C70. Suddenly, in addition to being safe, Volvos were sexy too. This period also saw Volvo move more upmarket with the introduction of the Volvo 850, the forerunner to today’s Volvo S80 luxury automobiles. Volvo introduced its first SUV in 2002.
In an effort to provide you with the most accurate data upon which to base your car buying decisions, Autobytel’s Volvo reviews explore the technology, engineering, design, and special features of each new Volvo model. In addition to providing driving impressions, Autobytel’s Volvo reviews deliver thorough, well-considered, unbiased expert analysis.