VOLVO V40 Technical specifications
Well, well, well, my fellow petrolheads, let's talk about Volvo, or as I like to call it - the Swedish underdog in the automotive world. Unfortunately, Volvos haven't exactly set the roads on fire. Now, there are a few reasons for that, and the main culprit, of course, is the old ball and chain - money. The economic situation in our country isn't exactly a rollercoaster of cash, and not everyone can afford a premium segment car, not just Volvos. But fear not, because on a global scale, Volvo is like that quiet kid in school who turns out to be a genius, and today, we're delving into the rich history, the solid present, and the promising future of this Swedish gem.
Back in the roaring twenties, when the automotive industry was the hot new thing, everyone and their grandmother wanted a piece of the action. Enter Assar Gabrielsson and Gustav Larson, two Swedes with different strokes but a shared love for everything with an engine. They met while working for SKF, a Swedish company, and in 1927, on April 14th, the first Volvo, the OV4, or as the cool kids called it, "Jakob," rolled out of the factory gates in Gothenburg. But rewind a bit to 1924 when Gabrielsson and Larson, one a businessman and the other an engineer, started cooking up plans for an automotive venture. Fast forward, and in 1927, the production of the OV4 began, a four-door phaeton with a two-liter engine. And would you believe it, they sold 297 cars in the first year out of the planned 300. Not bad for a rookie season, eh?
Now, as the years passed, Volvo wasn't just satisfied with making regular cars; they wanted to dip their toes into the luxury pool. Models like the PV654, with its elegant curves, all-metal body, and hydraulic brakes, or the PV36, aka the "Carioca," with a design that screamed American muscle, showcased Volvo's versatility. By the start of World War II, Volvo was making a name for itself, but the war put a dent in everyone's plans. However, instead of throwing in the towel, Volvo adapted. They dabbled in producing coal gas setups and took on orders for the defense industry. Smart moves that kept them afloat during the tumultuous times.
Post-war, while Europe was still catching its breath, Volvo was already thinking about the future. In 1944, the PV444 made its debut, stealing the show with its affordability, European compactness, and American aesthetics. It had a frugal four-cylinder engine sipping on fuel and delivering 40 horsepower. Oh, and let's not forget the laminated windshield, a safety feature way ahead of its time. And just to show how confident Volvo was in their creations, in the 1950s, they offered a whopping 5-year warranty for any damage sustained in a collision. That was unheard of back then, making Volvo the trailblazers of automotive guarantees in Sweden and beyond.
Fast forward to the swinging '80s, and Volvo was still on the r...