Volvo is one of the oldest automotive manufacturers in existence, launched in 1927. The company has played a significant role in some of the best innovations in the automotive industry since the invention of cars. If it weren’t for them, cars probably wouldn’t run as smoothly and efficiently as they do today, nor would they be as safe. It’s largely because of the innovations of this company that people have the opportunity to enjoy the modern-day automobile, regardless of what type of car they choose to drive. We have compiled a list of five interesting facts you might not know about the popular brand
Volvo is a Latin word, meaning “I roll”
Despite being a Swedish company, the founders decided to name their car after the Latin word volvere, which means “to roll”. This was a logical name choice as the purpose of creating the Swedish car project was to build cars that could withstand the harsh cold Scandinavian weather and uneven roads – basically a car that rolls. The verb “volvere” was conjugated into the first person, which is “Volvo,” meaning “I roll.”
The logo doesn’t signify the male gender
Though the Volvo logo resembles the male gender icon, contrary to popular belief, the famed logo has nothing to do with the battle of the sexes and promoting masculinity and more to do with Roman mythology and science. The circle with an arrow pointing diagonally upwards together represented the ancient chemical symbol for iron. It just so happened that the Romans used the same symbol to represent the god of war – Mars, which was later adopted as a male symbol. The company’s founders were inspired by their country’s reputation for steel production and wanted a strong image for their vehicles. Hence, the Volvo symbol signifies the support of Sweden’s strong presence in the global iron industry, along with being synonymous with strength, power, and quality craftsmanship.
The brand revolutionized car safety
Volvo is commonly known for its safety. However, you may not know that the brand has invested significantly in safety equipment. The automaker revolutionized car safety by introducing the two-point seatbelt in 1957. Following that, in 1959, Volvo developed an even safer, the three-point safety belt which we use to buckle ourselves in every car, to this day, six decades later.
Volvo also produces heavy equipment
You might be surprised to learn that Volvo doesn’t just manufacture the cars we all know and love, but also produces heavy machinery for construction, marine and agricultural usage. In fact, it is a leading manufacturer of construction equipment worldwide!
A Volvo holds the record for highest mileage ever
A 53-year-old 1966 Volvo P1800S currently holds the Guinness World Record for the highest vehicle mileage on a single car, with a whopping 3.3 million miles traveled. If you are unimpressed by the number, 3.3 million miles is enough to drive along the equator over 100 times and drive to the moon 13 times. In an interview after breaking the world record, the car owner said he changes the oil every 3,000 – 3,500 miles and changes the transmission fluid every 25,000 and that the original clutch of the car lasted for 450,000 miles while the average lifespan of a clutch being around 50,000 – 100,000 miles.