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History of Volvo Overseas Delivery

  Volvo PV444 cars loaded on a ship for America

Go on a Journey for Life

The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program (OSD for short) was created over sixty years ago to meet the needs of American travelers to Europe, along with US military and diplomatic personnel who wished to have their new Volvo cars delivered throughout the world, as their individual work or travel plans dictated. The program is also known as Volvo Tourist & Diplomat Sales (TDS), Volvo European Delivery and Volvo Car International Customer Sales (VCICS). 




Since the program started Volvo has delivered over 300,000 vehicles via Overseas Delivery. Collecting a new car directly from Swedish carmaker Volvo at the factory is a unique way of buying a Volvo that has proved popular for customers such as diplomats, members of the US Armed Forces, and tourists from America. Volvo Cars sales company VCIC has over 60 years of successful business in overseas delivery.



Over 60 Years of Volvo Overseas Delivery

It all began when some people at Volvo became aware of the "love affair" between American diplomats, military personnel and tourists with Scandinavia. Goteborg, Sweden was home to an unknown carmaker and the company's attractive P120 (Amazon) model was proving a popular Swedish "souvenir" among foreign visitors.

The year was 1956 and Volvo was the first among its competitors to discover that it could sell cars profitably to international customers.

However, the company first had to solve the relevant customs clearance, tax and registration issues:

"The cars had to be driven to Norway or Denmark for registration, then back to Sweden for shipment," recalls Torben Eckardt, CEO of VCIC (Volvo Cars International Customers).



Since then, the business has expanded at an increasing rate, with sales growing by 5-10 percent annually in recent years.

The original XC90, is the model that has had perhaps the greatest impact on sales. The second generation XC90 and the all new S90 sedan and upcoming V90 wagon will generate even more traffic to the VCIC offices adjoining the Torslanda plant in Goteborg.


1927 saw the birth of the first Volvo. It also marked the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean when Swedish descendant Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis captured the imagination of America.  Now we would like you to imagine yourself on a flight (much more comfortable than the Spirit of St. Louis) to Europe to pick up your new car, compliments of Volvo.


             The Spirit of St. Louis

View the Volvo Overseas Delivery Program brochure online.  Over the past sixty years, thousands of people have "Gone on a Journey for Life" and become Volvo owners.  Then take a a few moments to meet a few of these people and hear their stories in the Volvo Overseas Delivery Program video.  Now look at some of the many photos, notes and cards we have received from people across America who have earned their Volvo wings on a trip of a lifetime in Flyvolvo Journals.


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