Here we will try to keep you updated on what is happening in terms of Volvo car anniversaries, news items of general interest and important dates to remember.
In February 1982 – 30 years ago – the new Volvo 760 GLE was launched. No typical Volvo, yet unmistakably a Volvo. Seen as elegant and exciting with its characteristic design it was well received. The 760 became the car that actually saved Volvo Car Corporation back then and paved the way to the modern company of today.
The Volvo High Mileage Club has been in existence since 2005 and almost 600 Volvos have officially qualified to be registered members of this exclusive club. Until now, the club has been restricted to what its name says – Mileage – but from now onwards Volvo Cars Heritage has stepped into the organisation and made it a club which is also available for cars with High Kilometre tellings.
Possibly the most interesting quintet of P1800 cars ever collected in the UK was displayed by Volvo Cars Heritage and Volvo Owners Club (UK) at the Footman James Classic Motor Show last weekend. Some 80,000 people came to admire hundreds and hundreds of beautiful cars, motorbikes and all sorts of things related to the classic vehicle hobby.
On November 11-13, the Footman James Classic Motor Show will take place at the NEC in Birmingham and Volvo Cars Heritage will be there again, after a two year absence. The stand will also house the Volvo Owners Club (UK) during the show.
For the forth consecutive year, Volvo Cars Experience invites children from the Childrens Hospital in Gothenburg to spend a day at Volvo Cars, filled with activities and fun, together with their parents and staff from the hospital.
During the weekend of August 26 – 28, the 11th Swiss Volvo Meeting and 3rd International Volvo Meeting were jointly held in the beatiful Swiss town of Interlaken. The sun did its best to put a nice golden touch to the event which attracted almost 1,000 Volvo cars to the Flugplatz and some 2,500 people that came to admire them.
The 2011 edition of Volvo Rendezvous for Owners and Members – VROM – was held August 12 –14. This meeting for Volvo enthusiasts started already in 1987. It is held every second weekend in August at Arendal, close to the Volvo Cars Headquarters. This year it was again a full three day affair.
The second edition of the Sälen Grand Prix family weekend was held between July 22 and 24. The friendly atmosphere, the beauty of the Sälen area, the well-planned programme and the many interesting and challenging activities attracted even more cars and vistitors than in 2010.
The celebrations of the P1800 50th anniversary have been going on continuously since they began earlier this year. During the weekend of July 1-3, the Swedish P1800 club had their annual meeting and get-together in the Gothenburg area.
After presenting its first front-wheel drive Volvo model – the 480 – in 1985, Volvo Cars continued its comprehensive product and production-technology transition with its next project, launched on June 11, 1991: the Volvo 850 GLT. The car with four world-firsts – one at the front, one at the rear and two in the middle.