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When the word
Volvo is mentioned, safety immediately comes to mind. In Latin, Volvo means
I roll and the company aims to let the car owners drive down the road securely and safely. This automaker was founded by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larsson in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. The company has continued manufacturing high-quality automobiles from the moment it was conceived until the present. Volvo does not only think about the convenience of a car as a means of transportation, but it also values the safety of every car owner. This was what made Volvo stand out from the sea of car companies.
Volvo began to export cars in the United States during the 1950s and had a compact and stylish appearance. That time, the company manufactured cars that came with a three-point safety belt and has consequently established a name when it comes to safety. Volvo also explored the world of sports car when it launched the P1800 in the 1960s. It came with good looks that alloed it to instantly gain fame when it was featured in the TV series, The Saint with Roger Moore manning the wheel. Since it was a sports car, the safety features were enhanced and offered energy-resistant crumple zones in front and rear and padded dashboards. From then on, the company continued to manufacture cars and improve their safety features.Safety First
Volvo values safety so much that it continued to improve the safety features in the cars manufactured. It has produced the Volvo Safety Concept Car to reduce injuries and accidents on the road. This model has cue transparent window pillars, controls and pedals that the driver is at a safe and comfortable position, and infrared night vision and seats. The company did not only think of safety when it comes to the cages of the automobile, but it also made safety features to actually prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Volvo has come up with the Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution, and Dynamic Stability and Traction Control. Now, you can lessen your stress when driving in the road with a Volvo since you actually feel safe inside the car. With all the safety features, you are sure to get great performance plus excellent security. With Volvo, safety definitely comes first.
During the 1970s, Volvo released the 200 series. It came out in two different models, the 240 and the 260. It was basically and updated version of the previous 140 series, but this time Volvo did a total 180 with the developments it had equipped the new model with. Out of all the Volvos manufactured in its earlier years, the Volvo 240 was probably the best-selling car in the market. It remained popular from 1975 to 1982.Enhanced Engine
The main 180 that the 240 did on the 140 was the changes in the engine. The 200 series was offered with three different engines. The Volvo 240 has the red block, a 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine. It was also offered in V6 engines. In fact, it was improved in a partnership among Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo, otherwise known as the PRV family wherein 240 diesel models are powered with diesel engines that were bought from Volkswagen.Volvo 240 Vrooms in Motorsport
Looking at the 240, you'd basically think that it was a family car. However, Volvo did a 180 on that impression as well. During the 1980s, the 240 became a successful competitor in motorsport. It was equipped with a 240 Turbo with a turbocharger that was larger and modified other performance components as well. Nonetheless, the 240 Turbo was a successful competitor in these races. With its cheap and robust body, it also became a very popular car in folk race competitions.Volvo Rolls in Action
The Volvo 240 isn't only popular when it comes to races and its improved engine; it also became famous in film, having cameos in different movies. In 2004, it did a special appearance as one of the parked cars in the movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Not only that, but the model did a special animation version on The Simpsons TV series. Indeed, Volvo 240 was an all-around car. Not only did it turn a 180 on the other models, it also did a 180 on the driving experience of the car owners.