• Apr 11th 2008 at 9:31AM
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Volvo has been making automobiles since April 14, 1927, and while most of us know Volvo for its safe and sometimes fun-to-drive vehicles, the Swedish automaker's history is of course more complicated than that. For instance, Volvo earned its reputation as a safe automaker before it sold a single car by getting in a head-to-head accident with an American car, which totaled the domestic while only scratching the Volvo. Volvo also featured the first standard three-point safety belt and was the first automaker to have a catalytic converter. Hit the jump to catch up on Volvology. It's a very solid nine-minute Volvo history course, even if it fails to mention current owner Ford all-together.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Volvo's rock. PV544, 122, 1800, 740 turbo, v70 all awesome
      • 7 Years Ago
      Volvo's history in one sentence: Boring, ugly, and joyless to drive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ambientFLIER can be summed up in one word, "ignorant".
        • 7 Years Ago
        Volvo has produced some nice cars during the last decade.

        But I have to agree that the older Volvos were rather ugly. And boring? Well, they did market them to *soccer moms* and others seeking *safety*. It's supposed to be "boring".
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't see how I'm being ignorant because I am not afraid to admit that everything that Volvo makes lacks any kind of a soul. They are a more expensive Toyota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      pretty good video
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very interesting. Good video!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great video, loved it.

      I have always loved Volvo's from the day my mom bought a new (one of the 2.8 million ever sold) 240 in 84.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet most people don't know that Volvo was originally part of Swedish ball bearing maker SKF until it was spun off in 1927.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've owned 3 Volvos (740, S70 and currently S60R) Love them all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's interesting how some people think crumple zones in modern cars are a design weakness. Old cars may have been 'iron tanks' but the occupants were worse off in a major crash because their bodies are exposed to so much more impact energy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where are all the P1800s ????
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