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Former Volvo Chief Dead At 80

January 8, 1988

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Gunnar Engellau, the industrialist who built Volvo into a top world automaker, is dead at age 80.

Engellau, who died Tuesday, joined Volvo as a civil engineer in 1956 and served as managing director until 1971. He stayed on as president of the board for another seven years before retiring in 1978.

When Engellau began at Volvo, it produced 31,000 cars a year. By the time he retired, he had introduced Volvos to the U.S. and European markets and production soared to 201,000.

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