Monday, September 20, 2010

When Volvo first turned their front wheels...

If you know a bit of Volvo's history you might think 1993 was the first year that Volvo introduced their front-wheel-drive vehicles with the 850...but you would only be partially correct. 1993 was the first year for the US debut of front-wheel-drive Volvos, but 8 years earlier Volvo unveiled the 480 to the European market...

Volvo 480 ES was the result of a strategic product planning project. This project - which was all about the future Volvo cars and called Galaxy - contained several suggestions for future vehicles. To put it simple, Galaxy resulted in the 400 and 850 cars. Work progressed on two fronts; at Volvo Car Corporation in Gothenburg with the larger car and in the Dutch company Volvo Car B.V. with the compact models.
Volvo 480 ES was the first model to emanate from a whole new generation of cars from Volvo Car B.V., Volvo Car Corporation's Dutch subsidiary that built its cars in the Born plant. It wasn't just the technical layout with front-wheel drive that made the 480 different from other Volvos, it was also sleek and boldy wedge-shaped, a 2 + 2 seater with its rear body shaped like an estate car and a glass tailgate. It also featured pop-up headlamps and the classic Volvo grille with its diagonal ribbon was merely hinted - positioned below the front bumper. Its exterior was the work of Dutchman John De Vries with Briton Peter Horbury being responsible for the inside. The latter was later to become head of design at Volvo Cars.

Find your front or all-wheel-drive Volvo at Lehman Volvo in York or Lehman Volvo in Mechanicsburg

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