Volvo Cars President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson has been named the 2018 World Car Person of the Year by the World Car of the Year jury. The award was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
“I see this award as acknowledgement of the efforts made by the entire Volvo Cars organisation in recent years,” said Håkan Samuelsson.
Under Mr Samuelsson’s direction, Volvo Cars has introduced the Scalable Product Architecture and Compact Modular Architecture, which both underpin a completely revitalised range that has rolled out seven new models in the past three years.
As part of the new-look range, Volvo for the first time offers three globally available SUVs in the fastest-growing segment in the industry.
During Mr Samuelsson’s tenure, Volvo Cars made an industry-first announcement in 2017 that every new Volvo car launched from 2019 will have an electric motor. Volvo’s commitment to electrification was further underlined by the launch of Polestar as a new stand-alone electrified car brand.
Mr Samuelsson has also been instrumental in deepening Volvo Cars’ collaboration with its parent company Geely Holding of China and other strategic partners. A joint venture with Geely started in 2017 provides economies of scale in technology development.
World Car of the Year is independently ranked as the number-one automotive awards programme globally. Mr Samuelsson’s 2018 World Car Person of the Year award adds to other recent recognition for his leadership credentials, including the prestigious 2017 Golden Steering Wheel award issued by German publishing house Springer. Mr Samuelsson was recently also named Disruptor of the Year at the 2018 Roadshow by CNET awards.