1928 – 1979
The first bus is built on a truck chassis.
The first specialised bus chassis is built.
Volvo's diesel engine is installed for the first time in a bus chassis.
Mid-engine concept for the first time in the product range.
Turbocharged engines introduced.
Volvo Buses introduces the B58, the first chassis to be sold in a large number of buses.
Volvo Buses is created as an independent division within the Volvo Group.
The Volvo B59 is presented, the first city bus with a low floor.
Volvo Buses inaugurates the Borås factory and manufactures buses in its new factory in Curitiba,
Volvo Buses introduces the B10M, the most sold bus in the world for city buses, inter-city buses and coaches.
1980 – 1999
Volvo Buses makes more than 4,000 buses for the first time in one year. Volvo takes over Säffle
Volvo acquires Leyland Bus In Great Britain.
Volvo Buses introduces two rear-engine chassis, the Volvo B12 and Volvo B10B.
Volvo Buses launches the Volvo B10L low-floor chassis. Bus production starts in China. Volvo Buses acquires bodybuilders in Aabenraa, Denmark, and Drögmöller, Germany.
Volvo becomes part owner of Prévost Car, Canada. The Volvo B12 receives the Coach of the Year award. The ECB concept bus is presented.
A new factory for the manufacture of city and intercity buses is inaugurated in Wroclaw, Poland.
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
Volvo Buses presents the TX platform.
Volvo Buses acquires the remaining 50% of Prévost Car Inc. containing the the Prévost and Nova brands.
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.
Volvo’s first city buses in Bangalore, India start operations.
The Volvo 9700 is awarded Coach of the Year in Europe.
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.
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
Volvo Buses starts series production of Volvo 7700 Hybrid buses. They offer up to 35% lower fuel consumption.
Volvo Buses launches the Volvo 7900 Hybrid model, with up to 37% lower fuel consumption than regular diesel buses.
Volvo Buses introduces the Euro 6 engine range in Europe.
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.
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).
Volvo’s first electric bus route is inaugurated in the company’s home town, Gothenburg.
Volvo Buses unveils a pedestrian and cyclist detection system.
Volvo launches the world’s largest bus chassis in Brazil developed especially for BRT systems. Gran Artic 300 is 30 meter and can carry up to 300 passengers.
Volvo reaches milestone of 3000 electrified buses (hybrids, electric hybrids and electric buses) sold.
Launch of a new version of Volvo 7900 Electric with extended range and more flexible charging options.
Volvo Buses introduces Volvo B8L, a new Euro VI double-decker capable of meeting the demanding high-capacity transport needs in Asia Pacific and beyond.
Volvo electric articulated buses start test in regular traffic in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Volvo launches new European platform for long-distance coaches – the new Volvo 9000 range.
Volvo Buses demonstrated a pioneering self-driving (autonomous) bus in Gothenburg, Sweden.