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Items in these pages displaying the Volvo Sad Face are

NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Is VOLVO Leadership causing VOLVO to Lose it's Soul?

It's been TWO YEARS
 and Volvo leadership still refuses to have any discussion about this.
VOLVO continues to create lasting damage to its own reputation.

I continue to received a lot of emails from Volvo enthusiasts and dealers all over the world asking why I can no longer offer labels with a Volvo logo.  
Hopefully this notice will answer your questions.
As of April 2018
Volvo Trademark Holdings hired an attorney in the U.S. to send me a desist notice. This notice demanded the REMOVAL OF ALL PRODUCTS available for sale with any Volvo trademark logo.
 
I have been a Volvo enthusiast and huge supporter of Volvo Cars for over 35 years. I served as the president of the Southern California chapter of Volvo Club of America (VCOA) for over 12 years. I organized a lot of Volvo-related meets, events and shows during this time, many of them involving or coordinating with Volvo Corporate Public Relations from Volvo's offices in Irvine, California, along with a number of Volvo dealerships all over Southern California. 

Since 2005 the Volvo Prancing Moose (and other Volvo enthusiast labels) have been a very public thing at these events and Volvo Cars was aware of it's scope and popularity among so many Volvo enthusiasts.  Volvo Cars was even supportive of it, although not in any "official" way.
Since these stickers fostered positive relations between Volvo, Volvo dealers and Volvo car owners/enthusiasts, there was never a hint of an objection from anyone at Volvo, until NOW.
A number of VOLVO dealers have told me that VOLVO Corporate representatives used to (unoffically) refer them to ME if they called about things like defective Grills or Steering Wheel Airbag Emblems.


I'm certainly not getting rich making enthusiast labels for old Volvos, but it has been something I've become very good at and I have really enjoyed being able to help support old Volvo owners and enthusiasts all over the world.

After more than 13 YEARS of Volvo offering silent approval,
Volvo Trademark Holdings in Sweden hired attorneys in the USA to ORDER ME TO STOP!

Volvo has DECLARED that my use of their trademark on a sticker, i.e.; prancing moose, vintage engine/body labels, etc.,
is a THREAT to their BRAND. 

Many, many attempts have been made by me and others to contact ANYONE at Volvo Trademark Holdings AND Volvo Cars in the USA and Sweden for a discussion about this, but Volvo has made it known that they REFUSE to discuss this.

I agree that Volvo may protect and prohibit the use of their trademark on any unauthorized product. It's their brand and they can do anything they want with it, including RUINING it for enthusiasts.
As a result, all such products are no longer available from my web page.  I know this ban will bring substantial harm and frustration to many Volvo owners and enthusiasts.

IS BRAND LOYALTY NO LONGER A CONCERN FOR VOLVO?
Since the leadership at Volvo Cars is aware that this action will bring HARM to their customer base and their reputation,  
I can only conclude they DO NOT CARE. It now seems that Volvo has only ONE concern; to sell you a new Volvo.

The days of Volvo supporting their HERITAGE OWNERS or actively cultivating BRAND LOYALTY is gasping its lasts breaths.

In my opinion Volvo Cars has received a great benefit for many years by having an enthusiastic community of passionate Volvo owners. Such a fan base provides for a lot of inexpensive advertising and it keeps a new car maker relevant to older car owners.  Without such a fan base, a car company can only survive by finding new customers who have never considered a Volvo before. It is my sincere belief that Volvo will suffer by alienating this loyal fan base.

When I discussed this at length with the trademark attorney who Volvo hired in April 2018 (the only person so far who would listen), I made a formal request to be contacted by Volvo regarding my wish to discuss licensing, permissions, etc.
On April 18, 2018, I received a response from the attorney, who made it clear that Volvo stated:

  "VOLVO IS NOT INTERESTED IN ANY DISCUSSION!"

What do long-time Volvo enthusiasts think about this?
One insightful comment reads: 
". . .to hell with your enthusiasm is the way I read into it."


  Clearly from the numerous emails I have received and continue to receive every day from Volvo owners and enthusiasts and Volvo dealers all over the world, I know many will miss the products that I can no longer offer. If this concerns you then you may want to mention it to a Volvo retailer or to someone in Volvo corporate if you can actually make contact with anyone there.

Volvo Cars USA
1 Volvo Drive
Rockleigh NJ 07647 USA
Main: (800) 458-1552
Customer Service: (800) 550-5658
Ph: +1 201-768-7300
CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW:
https://www.media.volvocars.com/us/en-us/contacts

https://www.elliott.org/company-contacts/volvo/
https://www.volvocars.com/intl/footer/contact-us

  I know this situation has impacted a lot of people? Google Analytics tells me this page has historically averaged 40,000 page views per month over the last 5 years. Since this situation began on April 2, 2018, page views have jumped over 140% to 100,000 page views per month.  I appreciate the concern, support and attention Volvo enthusiasts around the world have communicated. Your support is certainly heartfelt and very appreciated.
Thank You!
- Dave Barton -



Understanding how the Prancing Moose came into being.
Prancing Moose History 101:  When the XC90 debuted in 2003, Volvo was busy organizing a number of test drive events, where quite a few Volvo fans (including me) came out to see and test-drive the new SUVs on fast cone slalom courses.  Volvo was showing off their new and advanced Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC), a first of its kind for an SUV.  Most courses allowed us to drive the cars by ourselves as many times as we wanted. Lots of good fun. One of the courses was a special slalom, where a professional driver would take a carload of folks in the new SUV, accelerate quickly to about 60 mph, and while keeping his foot firmly planted on the gas... to the floor, he would then crank the wheel as fast as he could one direction, then the other through a tight set of cones.  This maneuver simulated the sudden high-speed avoidance of an obstacle in the road, such as a moose (of course). Volvo was calling this course the "Moose Avoidance Test."  The DSTC was truly an amazing feature in this test.  Many other tall vehicles would have certainly become unstable and possibly lost control, spun out or even rolled over during such an extreme maneuver, but Volvo's DSTC took over the throttle and brakes and kept the big SUV in perfect form without a hint of trouble. Even with the driver's foot to the floor, we could feel how the DSTC aggressively controlled the throttle and all four brakes, each brake independently, to keep the vehicle straight and stable.  The result was the vehicle exiting the course, still at 60 mph plus, with perfect composure. This stuck in my mind as a remarkable event and something no other SUV at the time would dare try without a full roll cage and everyone in helmets.  

Then in January 2005, when Volvo began showing their special concept XC90 at car expos, I spotted one of them at the Los Angeles Car Expo. It was sporting a shield sticker with a moose profile on its fender. That sticker got a lot of smiles from the crowd.  I instantly thought of designing the Prancing Moose as a parody of the Ferrari prancing horse and it then found its way onto my Volvo wagon for the next show I attended.

Volvo Prancing Moose Stickers. Dave'a                            Volvo Page. Volvo Prancing Moose Stickers. Dave'a Volvo Page.<<<  I first designed these Volvo Prancing Moose stickers in January 2005, which immediately went on the fenders and tailgate of my 245. I then attended the 2005 SoCalEuro Meet in Anaheim, California. The response to those stickers from attendees was a big surprise. Photos were turning up in web pages and magazines all over.  People tracked me down and I began receiving many requests for that sticker, so I began making a few. I never expected it would become so popular or something others would want, but it did. 

Now I have more styles than I can count, many based on suggestions or requests.  So if you have a sense of humor, I think these stickers are a requirement.  If you no longer smile as much while driving, adding one to your car will fix that.  And as you can see, they're also available for many other makes of cars in this page HERE.  Prancing Moose stickers are turning up on many cars, trucks, motorcycles, helmets, and even buses!
Thank you for visiting.

Prancing Moose designs and images are Copyrighted and owned by Dave Barton. These images may not be used without permission. This copyright is registered with the US Copyright Office under Registration Number VA0001423751, Dated 2007-05-23. 
<<< The protected design/image is represented by the image SHOWN AT LEFT.


"Prancing Moose" trademark is owned by Dave Barton and may not be used without permission.

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