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1927: First Volvo Car Introduced in Sweden

1927: First Volvo Car Introduced in Sweden
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  • Historical event:
  • 14 April 1927
  • It is interesting to note that the first Volvo model was convertible i.e. the vehicle without a roof, which wasn`t the best solution because of the Swedish climate.

Volvo introduced its first car, model ÖV 4, on this day in 1927. Model ÖV 4 was the abbreviation for “Oppen Vagn 4 cylindrar”, which means “open vehicle, four cylinders” in the Swedish language.

The first Volvo model had the regular 4-cylinder engine volume of 1.9 liters (28-horsepower engine).

It is interesting to note that the first Volvo model was convertible i.e. a vehicle without a roof, which wasn`t the best solution because of the Swedish climate. Therefore, a vehicle which actually had a roof was later introduced.

The name “Volvo” means “turn” in Latin (the first person singular, Present Simple Tense). The Swedish company SKF (Svenska Kullagerfabriken) used this name, and the company produced ball bearings.

Volvo later separated from SKF. It is interesting that the Chinese company Geely bought the company Volvo Cars in 2010.

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