Volvo is celebrating 85 years of making cars by going back to the beginning. Over the weekend, at the exact day and time the first Volvo left the Lundby factory in Gothenburg, Sweden, the first car to leave the plant left again.
On 10:00 am on April 14, 1927, Volvo’s first car, the ÖV4, was born. Eighty-five years later Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation, and Olof Persson, President and CEO of the Volvo Group drive the same car out of the gates again.
Back then Volvo was a subsidiary of a ball bearing company that was churning out 300 cars in its first year. Today Volvo is a much different company with annual worldwide sales that top 450,000.
The Lundby factory used to get the anniversary photo is no longer owned by the company…sorta. Volvo was split into two companies in 1999 as Ford wanted just the passenger vehicle operation. The industrial vehicle side of the operation continues on as the Volvo Group, and that is who owns Lundby. As far as the car company goes, Ford lost interest in 2010, and Volvo Cars is now owned by the Chinese company Geely.