Our history - 1985


  • When the West German Patents Board celebrated its Centenary in 1985, it selected eight patents, which, over the years, had had significant impact on mankind. One of these patents was the three-point seat belt developed by the research engineer, Nils Bohlin at Volvo.
  • The time had also come for Volvo to introduce its first front-wheel-driven car, the 480 ES sports coupe, manufactured in Born, the Netherlands.
  • And this year Volvo launched the new 700 series estate cars.
  • The merger of Volvo's and Clark Equipment's construction equipment operations in 1985 formed the international VME Group.
  • The Volvo FL6, with a GVW of 11 to 16 tonnes, was Volvo's new trump card in the small truck sector.
  • The Volvo BM Valmet range was completed in 195 with the small 305 and the big 2005/2105 models.
  • Volvo Cars decided to build a new factory in Uddevalla where the fitters are total car builders.