Volvo 340 History

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In September 1972 Volvo renewed its interest in Daf and in January 1973 took a 1/3rd share in van Doorne Automobiel Fabriek (note the initials). Over the next three years there was much controversy about the style of the car, engine size and transmission but in 1975 Volvo acquired a majority share holding in the car side of Daf and production went ahead. The first models still had the revolutionary Daf rear mounted ‘rubber band’ stepless automatic transmission driving the rear wheels and it had become a 3/5 door hatchback.