Håkan Samuelsson, Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, has received the Issigonis Trophy in the 2020 Autocar Awards on 8th July.
On receiving the trophy, Samuelsson said: “I’m very honoured to be given this prestigious award and I thank the judges for their recognition. My first thought is that this is an award for Volvo Cars. Our company has transformed rapidly into a much bigger car manufacturer with a global presence, so I feel that this award also recognizes the development everyone here has helped achieve.
In conferring the trophy on Samuelsson, Autocar said,”The company has changed more than any other during his time in charge, to become the maker of a range of desirable cars that give nothing away to the engineering and safety traditions that Volvo Cars has always been known for.
Samuelsson took up his post as Volvo Cars Chief Executive in October 2012. He previously served in senior positions at Scania, before moving to MAN, where he became CEO in 2005.
At Volvo Cars, he has led the complete renewal of the company’s product portfolio and seen the business achieve six consecutive years of record-breaking global sales, reaching more than 700,000 cars for the first time in 2019. At the same time, the company has secured record revenues and profits. This growth has been supported by the development of global manufacturing facilities, including the opening in 2018 of Volvo Cars’ first production centre in the USA, in South Carolina.