Volvo CE Innovations over time

A history of anticipating customer needs

The list of pioneering Volvo concepts and products that have set new industry standards over the years is long:

  • The versatile 'Allrounder' wheel loader (1954) was the world's first loader with parallel lift arm system and quick coupling attachment bracket.
  • World's first articulated hauler (1966) revolutionized earth-moving and mass haulage. This pioneering concept, supplemented by a long list of further innovations over the years, testifies to our leadership in this product segment.
  • Volvo low emission diesel engines (1975) was the world's first truly low-emission diesel engines in construction equipment.
  • Automatic Power Shift (wheel loaders 1982) for smoother operation and lower fuel consumption.
  • Patented Torque Parallel (TP) linkage (1991) provides superior breakout force and retained power throughout the lifting range.
  • Volvo Care Cab (1991) offers a safe and comfortable environment that puts the driver in complete control.  
  • The Tier 3/Stage IIIA-compliant Volvo diesel engines with V-ACT (Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology) (2005/6) optimizes efficiency and reduces emissions without major changes to the basic engine or its ancillaries.
  • World's first hydraulic full-suspension system on articulated haulers (2007) constantly monitors load and ground conditions, and automatically adjusts level control for a smooth and safe ride.
  • Pipelayers (2008), with long boom and 360° swing, provide large operational area, great flexibility and infinite load positioning.