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History of Volvo Trucks

   Volvo Trucks Corporation is a Swedish automotive company, one of the world's leading manufacturers of heavy trucks. Volvo trucks are positioned by the manufacturer as safe and comfortable.

Gustaf Larson and Assar GabrielssonFounded in 1916 by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustav Larson, Volvo was founded as a subsidiary of the renowned ball bearing manufacturer SKF. In part, the name of the new company is a tribute to the company's ancestor, because in translation the Latin verb "volvere" means to roll, rotate.

In 1927, Gabrielson and Larson produced their first 10 passenger cars. Therefore, April 14, 1927 is considered the birthday of the company - the day the first production Volvo car left the factory.

The first truck appeared at Volvo on February 20, 1928. It was a one and a half ton truck LV40, aka LV4 (LV - Swedish. Lastvagn, i.e. truck, 4 - number of cylinders, 0 - version of the car). It was equipped with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine producing 28 hp. Enjoyed huge success. Produced for two years before the start of production of the next model - LV60.


Volvo Trucks Corporation is a global, international corporation with design and manufacturing centers located in Sweden, Belgium, Brazil and the United States, as well as a large number of assembly plants around the world, in some of which the corporation is co-founded with local industrial groups, in others are directly owned by the Volvo Group. The cabs are manufactured in Sweden and Belgium and the engines are manufactured in Skövde. The factories are located in Sweden (Gothenburg - the company's head office is also located there), Belgium, the USA, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, China, and India.

In 2001, Volvo Trucks acquired a controlling stake in Renault Trucks (RVI), which in 2002 became part of it under the name Renault Trucks.

Volvo Trucks is also the owner of truck brands such as Mack Truck (an American brand) and Nissan Diesel (now UD Trucks).

Volvo Trucks for some time (1988-2000) was a co-owner of the well-known Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, but in accordance with the decision of the EU Antimonopoly Committee, it sold its share of the company's shares on the market.

Volvo Trucks has offices and service centers in more than 130 countries around the world. Over 1,000 local dealerships around the world and 1,800 technical centers provide truck sales and service.

Almost half of the total sales of its new Volvo Trucks vehicles are carried out in Western Europe, more than a third in America. Eastern Europe accounts for 6% of gross sales.


Volvo has the widest network of authorized service stations and sales offices among foreign manufacturers of commercial vehicles, and offers its customers a complete transport solution to optimize service costs and increase business profitability.