Volvo XC90 History

Volvo XC90 History

Volvo XC90 History


When the Volvo XC90 was first introduced as a mid-size luxury crossover, it was 2002 and many brands were entering the newly popular crossover segment. The XC90 quickly became Volvo’s top selling car in the United States, eventually taking the crown as the brand’s best-selling vehicle worldwide.

Early History

The XC90 was first introduced at the 2002 North American International Auto Show, though the brand had previously released a teaser image of the car to gauge the public’s reaction. After getting purely positive feedback, XC90 production began in August 2002 at Volvo’s Torslanda factory in Sweden. Volvo introduced the first Roll Stability Control technology in the industry in XC90.

Recent History

When it was first introduced, the luxury SUV offered multiple different engine options, including a diesel. Now only in its second generation, the XC90 has undergone multiple facelifts and updates. A plug-in hybrid is also in the making, which will use the Volvo V60 PHEV technology and will provide all-wheel-drive capabilities.

Volvo XC90 Awards

  • 2003 North American Car of the Year
  • 2003 Motor Trend’s Sport/Utility of the Year
  • Earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rating of Top Safety Pick

2014 Volvo XC90 Overview