Time flies when you’re making family trips, hauling cargo, and running errands. July marks the 60th anniversary of the first Volvo wagon.
Introduced in July of 1953, the Volvo Duett would plant the seeds of Volvo as the “wagon master”. The original Volvo wagon, The Duett became a legend in its own lifetime and is today one of the most popular and sought-after Volvos by collectors and enthusiasts. It was a real workhorse, standing up to almost anything and seemed to last forever.
In the 1960s the Volvo wagon took on a shape that can be traced to the XC70 of today. With broad shoulders, very useable cargo space and the handling of a sedan, the Volvo Amazon wagon brought the space of a larger vehicle to a smaller car that was very easy to drive. That trend continued with the 140 and 240 series. The last 240 wagon was produced in 1993.
The 80s and 90s saw Volvo flex their sport muscle with the turbo-charged 700 and 850 series. In fact, Volvo even took the 850 wagon racing in the very popular British Touring Car Championship. In 1998 Volvo redefined the wagon once again with the all-wheel-drive Cross Country. Often referred to as the original luxury crossover, the Cross Country was replaced by the XC70.
Next year will see Volvo redefine the wagon once again. Coming in early 2014, the Volvo V60 is a return to Volvo’s sporty side with the versatility that only a true Volvo wagon can provide. This is the Volvo wagon worth waiting for. Stay tuned to Lehman Volvo Mechancsburg or Lehman Volvo York for more information.