Volvo Trucks History

A History of Innovation

While the Volvo Group built its first truck in Sweden in 1928, Volvo first entered the North American truck market in 1959. It was not until the mid-1970s that Volvo was established as a permanent part of the U.S. truck market, through Volvo of America Corp.

1959 - Volvo Titan, Volvo Viking, Volvo Starke launched.
1971 - Volvo placed eight F86 trucks in the United States for tests.
1974 - Volvo F86 launched in northeastern United States.
1976 - Volvo F613 medium-duty truck launched.
1981 - A.B. Volvo purchased some assets of White Motor Corp. to form Volvo White Truck Corp., based in Greensboro, NC. Volvo White sold vehicles under the Volvo, White and Autocar nameplates.
1986 - A.B. Volvo and General Motors of Canada reached a joint venture agreement to form Volvo GM Canada Heavy Truck Corp.
1987 - Volvo GM Canada Heavy Truck Corp. operations began in Canada on January 1, 1987.
1988 - Our parent compnay, Volvo GM Heavy Truck Corp. was formed as a joint venture between Volvo and General Motors Corp. Volvo GM's nameplates were WHITEGMC and Autocar. The WHITEGMC nameplate was discontinued in 1995 and Volvo GM's trucks were sold under the Volvo and Autocar nameplates.
1993 - The Volvo D12 engine launched in North America.
1996 - Volvo VN launched.
1997 - Volvo purchased all of General Motors' interests in Volvo GM, and changed the company's name to Volvo Trucks Canada Inc.  Our parent company's name changed as well to Volvo Trucks North America.
2000 - Volvo VHD launched.
2001 - Volvo licensed use of the Autocar name to Grand Vehicle Works Holdings LLC. All Volvo trucks in North America trucks are now sold exclusively under the Volvo brand name.
2002 - The new Volvo VN launched.
2005 - The D16 engine was launched.
2006 - Volvo introduces the new family of Volvo D11, D13 and D16 engines designed to meet the US'07 emissions regulations.  Volvo I-Shift transmission launched for North America.
2008 - Volvo Trucks Canada Inc. changes its name to Volvo Trucks Canada, a division of Volvo Group Canada Inc.
2009 - Volvo introduces EPA '10 Volvo SCR engines and Volvo Enhanced Cruise (VEC).
2011 - Volvo Trucks assembled its 500,000th truck in the United States.

Today, the Volvo Group, including Volvo Trucks North America, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and one of the world's leading producers of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter).  The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.  The Volvo Group, which employs about  90,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets.  Volvo Group sales for 2010 amounted to $36.7 billion.  The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the U.S.