Volvo Trucks History

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.
1959 - Volvo invents the 3-point safety harness. Rather than holding the patent, this revolutionary safety technology is offered to the world.
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.
1983 - Volvo introduces the first fully integrated sleeper compartment.
1988 - Volvo GM Heavy Truck Corp. was formed as a joint venture between Volvo and General Motors Corp., and as of 1995 Volvo GM's trucks were sold under the Volvo and Autocar nameplates.
1993 - The Volvo D12 engine launched in the United States.
1996 - Volvo launches the VN and sets a new standard for aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
1997 - Volvo purchased all of General Motors' interests in Volvo GM, and changed the company's name to Volvo Trucks North America.
1997 - The debut of the convertible workstation dinette cemented Volvo’s reputation for sleeper comfort.
2000 - Volvo VHD launched.
2001 - Volvo licensed use of the Autocar name to Grand Vehicle Works Holdings LLC. All Volvo Trucks North America trucks are now sold exclusively under the Volvo brand name.
2002 - The new Volvo VN launched.
2005 - The D16 Engine was launched.
2005 - Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) introduced as standard equipment on highway tractors.
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.
2009 - Volvo introduces EPA '10 Volvo SCR engines and Volvo Enhanced Cruise (VEC). 
2011 - Volvo Trucks delivers 50,000th VEST equipped truck.
2011 - Volvo Trucks assembled its 500,000th truck in the United States.
2011 - Fuel-saving XE13 powertrain package introduced.
2011 - Production of natural gas-powered Volvo VNM model begins.
2012 - Volvo launches Remote Diagnostics aftermarket service.
2012 - Production of natural gas-powered Volvo VNL model begins
2013 - Volvo VNX heavy-haul model introduced.
2013 - Volvo I-Shift automated manual transmission becomes standard on all Volvo-powered models
2014 - Grand opening of the industry-leading Uptime Center at Greensboro headquarters
2016 - Volvo introduces I-Shift with Crawler Gears, offering improved startability with greater gross combination weights.
2016 - Volvo introduces the revolutionary SuperTruck (in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy), with innovations in aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, achieving 12+ mpg in real-world tests.
2016 - Volvo launches new D11, D13 and D13 with Turbo Compounding engines for GHG 2017.
2017 - Volvo introduces the all new VNR family, designed to meet the unique needs of regional-haul customers.
2017 - Volvo introduces the new VNL family for long-haul operations; this includes an all-new 70-inch sleeper.
2018 - Volvo introduces the new VNX, built to delivery performance, style, and comfort in heavy-haul applications.
2019 - Volvo Dynamic Steering available in the North American market.
2020 - Volvo introduces the new VHD family for vocational operations, the VAH family specifically for autohauler customers, as well as the VNR Electric for local and regional distribution applications.
2021 - Volvo Trucks celebrates the 25th anniversary of it’s flagship product, the VNL, in North America.

Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VNR, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. The New River Valley Plant is certified to ISO50001 energy standards. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.