Volvo's Product Development Practices: Focus on Safety

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Case Code : OPER042 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 500;
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Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 1991 - 2004
Organization : Volvo Car Corporation
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : Sweden
Industry : Automobile


The case describes the product development practices of Swedish automobile manufacturer - Volvo Car Corporation. Since its inception, Volvo has laid emphasis on automobile safety. The case elaborates on Volvo's production system and explains how the system was oriented towards manufacturing the safest cars in the world. At Volvo Safety Center, one of the most advanced safety engineering facilities, vehicles and their components were subjected to safety tests including computer simulation, component testing and crash testing. The case also discusses the various safety features incorporated in the Volvo Safety Concept Car and provides an overview of other advanced safety features which Volvo plans to introduce in near future.

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Get insights into the production system of a leading automobile manufacturer

To understand the importance which an automobile company needs to attach to the safety of its automobiles

To get insights into the advanced safety testing facilities of a global automobile company

To get an understanding of the various kinds of safety systems incorporated in the latest and next generation automobiles


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Volvo's Production System 3
Commitment to Safety 5
The Volvo Safety Centre 7
The Safety Concept Car 9
Safety Systems of the Future 10
Exhibits 12


Case, Volvo AB, Product Development, Volvo Safety Center, Safety Engineering, Volvo's Safety Philosophy, Volvo Production System, Process-Oriented Manufacturing, Safety Systems of the Future, Computer Simulation, Crash Simulation, Component Testing, Safety Concept Car

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