Friday, June 5, 2009


The Volvo 740 is launched with a GLE and a turbo version. The 740 GLE has a four-cylinder, 2.3-liter engine with a breakerless ignition system. The 740 Turbo has a 2.3-liter, 182-bhp (DIN) engine, turbocharged, with an intercooler. There is also a six-cylinder, 2.4-liter diesel version.

The Arizona Proving Ground for hot weather testing is opened in the USA.

Roger Holtback takes over from HÃ¥kan Frisinger as president of Volvo Car Corporation. Frisinger becomes president of the Volvo Group, and Pehr G. Gyllenhammar is made chairman of the board.

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is introduced.

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