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A man gets out of a Volvo 144 to head to a parade in Pyongyang in 2012. In the 1970s, North Korea ordered 1,000 Volvo 144s from Sweden. To this day, the cars have not been paid for. Tanya L. Procyshyn hide caption

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How 1,000 Volvos Ended Up In North Korea — And Made A Diplomatic Difference

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced that all Volvo cars will be electric or hybrid within two years. Above, Samuelsson at Volvo Cars Showroom in Stockholm on Wednesday. Jonas Ekstromer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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