One of the first Volvo cars driving out from a factory on Hisingen

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History and R&D milestones

Since 1927, Volvo has developed from a small local industry to one of the leading suppliers of commercial transport solutions providing products such as trucks, buses, construction equipment, and drive systems for marine and industrial applications.

From Hisingen to the world

From Hisingen to the world

With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, production facilities in 18 countries, a presence in 190 markets and sales of more than 350,000 units per year, Volvo Group has developed to become one of the world′s largest producers of commercial vehicles. This has been an eventful journey which began in 1927 with our founding fathers Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larsson.

From Hisingen to the world
R&D milestones

R&D milestones

The Volvo Group builds on 90 years of corporate history defined by value-led innovation. Our commitment to quality and safety is rooted in the visionary approach of our founding fathers, Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson and their aim to produce safe, high-quality vehicles.

R&D milestones
Volvo Ocean Race - Life at the extreme for 20 years

Volvo Ocean Race - Life at the extreme for 20 years

The Volvo Ocean Race has been a great vehicle for building customer relationships, strengthening the Volvo brand and presenting the company and its products to a global audience.

After six races, ending in 2018, Volvo Group and Volvo Cars decided to transfer ownership and responsibility of the epic race to a new owner.

Enjoy this video story of Volvo Group meeting thousands of customers on a vibrant sponsor platform.

Learn more about the Volvo Ocean Race
Looking back – stories from the archive

Looking back – stories from the archive

It has been quite a journey from 1927, when the very first Volvo vehicle rolled out of the factory gates in Gothenburg, Sweden until today when Volvo Group has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. Follow along to the archive and learn more about Volvo Group through a number of selected memorable moments from this eventful journey.

Looking back – stories from the archive

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Gold for Volvo Group corporate film

The Volvo Group has won the prestigious OttoCar trophie in gold for its latest corporate film. With the help of some of Europe's best miniature worlds, the film shows how Volvo's trucks, buses, construction equipment and engines are essential to ...

Volvo Group wins the Gold Dolphin at Cannes

The Volvo Group has won the Gold Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in the French resort for its latest corporate film. With the help of some of Europe's best miniature worlds, the film shows how Volvo's trucks, buses, construction ...

The Lyon site celebrates 100 years

Between 1916 and 1917 Marius Berliet built an industrial complex in Lyon spanning the districts of Saint-Priest and Vénissieux. The site consisted of immense buildings, separated by wide avenues, set up in a logical flow to supply assembly lines. It ...