Volvo celebrates 85th Birthday with first mass-produced Volvo rolling out of the factory again

On April 14th, 1927 the very first mass-produced Volvo vehicle rolled off the production line at the Lundby factory in Göteborg. Now, 85 years later, the company is celebrating this special occasion by driving the same car out of the factory.

Hilmer Johansson, a sales manager, drove the first mass-produced Volvo ÖV4 through the factory gates at 10am on April 14th, 1927.

The same exact Vovlo ÖV4 model that Johansson drove will pass through exactly the same gates to celebrate Volvo's 85th birthday.

Who will be driving the car this time though? Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation, and Olof Persson, President and CEO of the Volvo Group, will be in the Volvo ÖV4.

"It's a fantastic car, but it's easy to see how much has changed over the last 85 years," says Stefan Jacoby.

Indeed quite a lot has changed for Volvo over the past 85 years. In 1999, the Volvo Group sold it's car division, Volvo Car Corporation, to Ford Motor Company. This separated the commercial and consumer divisions of the company. Volvo was recently acquired by Geely, a Chinese automaker, in 2010. A partnership with Fiat is currently in the works.

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