The name Volvo is synonymous with safety. Its vehicles, which feature the most cutting-edge safety technologies, offer some of the best crash-test ratings in the business. Volvo began manufacturing passenger cars in 1927 in Goteborg, Sweden. The company entered the U.S. market in 1955. Volvo's first sports car was the P1800, unveiled in 1960. By 1980 more than 1 million Volvos had been exported to the U.S. Once known for its stale, boxy designs, today’s Volvo cars and crossover SUVs offer trim Scandinavian styling inside and out. Volvo was acquired by Ford Motor Company in 1999 and in 2010, the company was sold to Geely Holding Group based in China.