The name of the car manufacturer "Volvo" means "I roll" in Latin. Before it started manufacturing cars, Volvo was actually a ball bearing maker and decided on the name to refer to the nature of its products.
More facts about Volvo:
- Though the headquarters of Volvo is located in Sweden, where the company was founded, Volvo is now a Chinese company — Ford Motor Company, which acquired Volvo in 1999, sold it to the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in 2010.
- The first model of Volvo cars, the Volvo ÖV 4, was nicknamed "Jakob" because it was first sold on the day of the year associated with the name Jakob in Europe.
- Volvo was the first company to produce cars with laminated windshields as well as the safety cage design now commonly found in vehicles.