HISTORY

HISTORY

A history at the forefront

Volvo was founded in Sweden in 1927, and a year later our first bus rolled out on the streets. The company started with a vision of safe and efficient transportation for everyone. Ever since, Volvo has been at the technological forefront, and for decades we have maintained a solid position as the world leader in commercial transportation technology.

1928 – 1979

1928
The first bus is built on a truck chassis.

1934
The first specialised bus chassis is built.

1945
Volvo's diesel engine is installed for the first time in a bus chassis.

1951
Mid-engine concept for the first time in the product range.

1955
Turbocharged engines introduced.

1965
Volvo Buses introduces the B58, the first chassis to be sold in a large number of buses.

1968
Volvo Buses is created as an independent division within the Volvo Group.

1971
The Volvo B59 is presented, the first city bus with a low floor.

1977
Volvo Buses inaugurates the Borås factory and manufactures buses in its new factory in Curitiba,
Brazil.

1979
Volvo Buses introduces the B10M, the most sold bus in the world for city buses, inter-city buses and coaches.

1980 – 1999

1981
Volvo Buses makes more than 4,000 buses for the first time in one year. Volvo takes over Säffle
Karossfabrik AB.

1988
Volvo acquires Leyland Bus In Great Britain.

1991
Volvo Buses introduces two rear-engine chassis, the Volvo B12 and Volvo B10B.

1994
Volvo Buses launches the Volvo B10L low-floor chassis. Bus production starts in China. Volvo Buses acquires bodybuilders in Aabenraa, Denmark, and Drögmöller, Germany.

1995
Volvo becomes part owner of Prévost Car, Canada. The Volvo B12 receives the Coach of the Year award. The ECB concept bus is presented.

1996
A new factory for the manufacture of city and intercity buses is inaugurated in Wroclaw, Poland.

1998
Volvo acquires Carrus OY Finland, the leading bodybuilding company in the Nordic region. Volvo acquires a share in Nova Bus, USA, the leading American maker of city buses. Volvo acquires MASA, the leading manufacturer of buses in Mexico.

2000 – 2009

2001
Volvo Buses presents the TX platform.

2004
Volvo Buses acquires the remaining 50% of Prévost Car Inc. containing the the Prévost and Nova brands.

2005
Volvo Buses receives its largest-ever order – 1767 Volvo buses to Santiago, Chile. The buses will be used in a public transportation system known as BRT (Bus Rapid Transit system) that includes dedicated bus lanes.

2006
Volvo’s first city buses in Bangalore, India start operations.

2007
The Volvo 9700 is awarded Coach of the Year in Europe.

2008
Volvo Buses’ new body plant in Bangalore, India, inaugurated.

Volvo launches the BRT bus Volvo 7800 Artic in China.

Volvo launches the BRT bus Volvo 7300 Bi-artic in Mexico.

Volvo launches the Volvo 7700 Hybrid bus and the Volvo B5L Hybrid double decker bus in Europe.

2009
Volvo Buses introduced in the US and Canada. For the first time in more than 20 years, buses with the Volvo brand are being sold in North America.

Euro 5 is introduced and the 12 litre engine is replaced by a much more fuel-efficient 13 litre engine.

2010 – NOW

2010
Volvo Buses starts series production of Volvo 7700 Hybrid buses. They offer up to 35% lower fuel consumption.

2011
Volvo Buses launches the Volvo 7900 Hybrid model, with up to 37% lower fuel consumption than regular diesel buses.

2013
Volvo Buses introduces the Euro 6 engine range in Europe.

2014
The UD brand is introduced in India.

Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid is launched.

Introduction of advanced autobrake system for coaches.

Volvo I-Coaching driver support is launched.

2015
ElectriCity project started in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Several safety features launched: Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Warning and Emergency Brake (CWEB), Lane Keeping Support (LKS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

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