Our history - 1957


The Soviet Union took over the lead in the race to be first in space, with the launch of Sputnik I with the dog Laika as the crew.

  • Volvo introduced the world's first, small, purpose-built forest machine, "Bamse".
  • The Company now had 13, 000 employees and an annual production of over 50,000 cars.
  • 1957 saw the introduction of the Volvo Championships for Mechanics, which was later to be an annual event for the whole Volvo Group. Today the competition is known as VISTA.