The model designation has changed slightly compared to earlier. Now the number of passengers instead of the number of cylinders comes first. The successor of the PV 444 offers then obviously capacity for 5 people, although the size of the body has not changed. While the rear window was introduced without center bar still in the predecessor, now a continuous and slightly curved windscreen is used, which will allow 22% greater perspective.
But besides that is modified significantly. There is now a, at the time felt as fashionable, speedo with a horizontal band, a changed dashboard and even more safety equipment for which Volvo already has a name. The engine has been drilled out earlier to 1.6 liters and developed further to 1.8 liters of total displacement in 1961.
Actually, one did not expect the appearance of a modernized version of the PV 444, because there is now the 120-series with significantly more modern, more pontoon-like body. Nevertheless, the PV 544 prevail especially in the U.S. exports. In total it will be built in even greater numbers than the already very successful 444. Both together remain as "hump" Volvos still long associated with the brand of Volvo. 04/07