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One of the greatest car brands of all time is the Scandinavian company which we all know as the ” VOLVO”.
The name Volvo comes from Latin. It means ‘’I spin”, “I twist” (from lat. volv – spinning). As time passed, the main meaning became “I roll”.
The world-famous Swedish automaker was found on 25 July 1924, on the St. Jacobs holiday, by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustav Larsson in a Stockholm restaurant Sturehof.
In the 1950s, Volvo was at the peak of its financial health. At that time, the company used to give 5-years of insurance on all the vehicles in case of a car crash. No other automaker could grant a deal on such favorable terms but later Volvo decided to discontinue this practice.
In 1957, Volvo introduced two-point safety belts for a driver and a front-seat passenger on all of its cars. It was a revolution in terms of safety.
In 1958, Volvo stated to install two-point safety belts in the rear seats. In 1959, a company’s employee, engineer Nils Bolin invented a three-point safety belt. Volvo became the first automaker to offer safety belts as standard equipment for all of its cars.
In 1965, the company introduced a brake booster. The first model to be equipped with a brake booster was the Volvo Amazon in its station-wagon body style. The Swedish automaker presented the front seat of a new type; it was created in cooperation with medical experts to support a healthy posture of the driver and the front-seat passenger. Most medical experts will agree that healthy posture is one of the most important factors of vehicle safety.
In August 1966, the company presented a new model – the Volvo 144. The vehicle was the new leader in terms of safety. The Volvo 144 was equipped with four-wheel disc brakes, a collapsible steering column, and brand new locks on three-point safety belts. Its chassis was strengthened with crushable energy-absorbing parts at the front and the back. The Volvo 144 became the first model to be equipped with a V-shaped separate circuit brake system. This type of the breaking system proved to be extremely reliable; the system continues to function, even if one of the circuits goes off.