Our history - 1998


  • Once again, Volvo introduced "the safest car in the world", the S80, with a side inflatable curtain and seats with whiplash protection. With the Volvo S80, Cars takes a big step forward within the segment for large cars. Safe, exciting and attractive were some of the opinions from the thoroughly positive international media.
  • Volvo Trucks most important product introduction during the year was Volvo FM - a new series of heavy trucks, developed for more efficient regional transports and construction work.
  • With the introduction of the Volvo 5000 and Volvo 7000 city buses, the share of complete buses including chassis and bodies from Volvo's own plants increases.¬†
  • During the spring Volvo Construction Equipment introduced a new series of compact wheel loaders - the Volvo L30-L45. The heavy wheel loader, Volvo L220D was also introduced at the beginning of the year.
  • Volvo Penta introduced its new TAMD 74 EDC marine diesel engine, which is the most powerful engine in the important 7-liter class in the boat engine market.
  • The Ariane 5 European launch vehicle is now ready for commercial use following the successful launch of the Ariane 503 in October. Aero produces nozzles and turbines for the engines.
  • Volvo Trucks started¬†production in Bangalore, India.