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The Birth of Volvo

The brand name Volvo was originally registered as a trademark in May 1911 with the intention of being used for a new range of SKF ball bearings. It means "I roll" in Latin. The idea was short-lived and SKF decided to simply use its initials as a trademark for all its bearing products.

In 1924, Assar Gabrielsson, a sales manager at SKF and a KTH Royal Institute of Technology engineer Gustav Larson, the two founders, decided to start building a Swedish car. They intended to build cars that could withstand the hard roads and cold temperatures of the country.

AB Volvo began operations on 10 August 1926. After a year of preparations with the production of ten prototypes, the company was ready to start its car manufacturing operations within the SKF Group. The Volvo Group itself says it started in 1927, when the first car, a Volvo ÖV 4, rolled off the production line at the plant in Hisingen, Gothenburg. Only 280 cars were built that year. The first truck, the "Series 1", debuted in January 1928; it was an immediate success, attracting international attention. In 1930 Volvo sold 639 cars. Truck exports to Europe began shortly thereafter; the cars only became known outside Sweden after World War II. AB Volvo was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in 1935 and SKF subsequently decided to sell its shares in the company. In 1942 Volvo acquired the Swedish precision engineering company Svenska Flygmotor (later renamed Volvo Aero). The company is now largely in Chinese hands.

Database Volvo

The overviews below contain many useful service intervals and tips on the most recent Volvo models. The intervals and guidelines are only an indication, circumstances may occur that cause a garage to give a different recommendation.

When to replace a Volvo timing belt

The timing belt or chain is essential for (almost) any combustion engine, without it there can be no combustion. This is because the timing belt ensures that the camshaft, the crankshaft and the valves are driven by means of this belt or chain. Almost all Volvo's have a timing belt that needs to be replaced periodically. Below per model the intervals known to us: