Volvo revealed the 7-seat XC90 SUV at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show and over the last 12 years, 636,143 units have been produced with the last one rolling off the assembly line last week in Gothenburg, Sweden.
It is pretty amazing that a luxury car has been in production for 12 years with so little changes. But when the XC90 arrived it really was a game changer, introducing many new innovations like Roll Stability Control, which uses a gyro sensor to detect and counter the risk of overturning, Roll Over Protection System to optimise the protection for everyone in the car in the event that, despite everything, it should still overturn and inflatable side curtains for all three rows.
The last example was driven to the Volvo Museum and soon the all-new XC90 will arrive, promising to be just as successful as the outgoing model.
The production of the current XC90 will continue in Volvo’s plant in Daqing later this year, under the name of Volvo XC Classic, which will be sold exclusively in China.
The all-new Volvo XC90 will be revealed next month with production scheduled to start end of January 2015.