Volvo is an auto manufacturer headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, that is a division of a manufacturing company specializing in commercial vehicles, industrial equipment, and marine components. Various Volvo subsidiaries were already up and running when the automotive division was officially established in 1927. The company’s original objective was to build passenger vehicles that could handle Sweden’s harsh environment, a goal that has shaped the company’s priorities of building extremely safe cars. The Volvo automotive division was sold to Ford Motor Company in 1999. About ten years later, the company ended up under the control of Geely Automobile, a Chinese auto manufacturer. Volvo has maintained its focus on strong, safe vehicles, and Volvo SUV models often compete with sport utility vehicles from the European and Japanese high end auto manufacturers.
One such example of a Volvo sport utility vehicle is the XC90. This mid size luxury crossover SUV was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2002 after being shown in concept form a year earlier. The production vehicle was revealed to be very close in style to the original concept, and went into production in the summer of 2002. The Volvo XC90 is a front engine vehicle that is available in front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configurations, and bears the distinction of being the best selling Volvo model in the United States as well as being the first Volvo sport utility vehicle model to market. It is available in several trim levels and with a diverse lineup of engine choices. This Volvo sport utility vehicle is scheduled to go into its second generation in late 2014, and in the meantime, the first generation of the XC90 has received a handful of cosmetic updates and lighting upgrades. The XC90 is built in Sweden at the Volvo Torslanda Plant.
Another model in the Volvo sport utility lineup is the XC60 crossover SUV. The Volvo XC60 was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland in 2008 as a 2009 model year vehicle, and quickly became Volvo’s best selling vehicle. The North American version of the XC60 began export a year later, for the 2010 model year. The XC60 is assembled at a Volvo production facility in Ghent, Belgium. Like the Volvo XC90, the XC60 is a front engine vehicle with a choice of front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, depending on trim level. The XC60 reveals some insight about potential future Volvo sport utility vehicles, since the company has discussed the possibility of a plug-in hybrid version of this Volvo SUV model.