The Globetrotter (not in fact a special model but a term for top-of-the-range versions of long-distance heavy-duty Volvo trucks) is perhaps the biggest success in the history of Volvo Truck Division/Volvo Truck Corporation. The Globetrotter quickly built up a reputation as the most luxurious truck in the world.'
Intended as a mobile hotel
Initially, the Globetrotter was never intended as a luxury truck for western Europe, but as a mobile hotel for truck drivers in countries behind the former 'Iron curtain'. Before 'The Wall' fell, it was very tough for the drivers from these countries to perform long-distance-transports, since they could bring very little western currency on their missions to 'The West'.
Volvo decided to supply the transport companies in these countries with a truck cab which had huge interior space and features not previously found in truck cabs, like refrigerator, water tank, sink, kitchen, etc (all these features, except the huge interior space, were available at extra cost).