What’s In A Name?
The Volvo name literally translates from Latin as ‘I Roll’. Whether this was intended in reference to the vehicles they would manufacture, or the ball bearings they were to manufacture we are not sure. When Volvo did start producing vehicles they were made to stand up to the Swedish terrain and climate, which is perhaps why they always seemed to get a reputation for quality and safety elsewhere in the world. Over the years Volvo cars has been owned by a few different people, firstly AB Volvo, then Ford MC, and now owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.
While we are all well aware of Volvo as a car manufacturer, and many of us may also know they make trucks as well, many might not know they also make construction equipment, marine equipment, and even have an IT arm. Amongst the trucks is Volvo trucks, Mack Trucks, Renault Trucks, and UD trucks. Although Volvo has diversified into all these areas, its first purpose was as a car and ball bearing making company. Some of these have since been split into different companies, but the branding remains.