and sportiness, with all the safety
expected from Volvo.
15 July 2005.
It’s ready to take its place in the
sun – the all
new Volvo C70.
Which also doubles as a coupe!
Thanks to a unique three-piece
retractable hardtop, customers of the second-generation Volvo
C70 can enjoy life without
compromise – whether the top is up or down. The all new Volvo
C70 will be unveiled at the
Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September, and sales will get
under way in the first half of 2006.
“We’ve succeeded in creating an
attractive convertible which, at the mere touch of a
button, converts into an equally elegant coupe. The
customer gets two cars in one. Both with space for four
adults,” says Volvo Cars President and CEO Hans-Olov
The all new Volvo C70 is about the same
size as its predecessor, but is equally wide and a full
four-seater. The forward-thrusting nose section gives the
car a powerful profile. “Putting together harmonious
lines both with and without a roof is no easy job,” says
Fedde Talsma, design manager for the all new Volvo C70.
“We decided to start with the coupe design. When we were
satisfied with the result, we made the necessary
adjustments to create a convertible out of the coupe
lines. Our experience tells us this is the best way of
going about it.”
Unique safety solutions - The
all new Volvo C70
was developed to offer new standards of preventive and
protective safety in the convertible market. The car has
an advanced body structure and several solutions that make
it unique among open-top cars. The lack of a fixed roof
has been compensated for by reinforcements and
sophisticated technology. One unique example is the
door-mounted Inflatable Curtain (IC) a new feature, which
is part of the enhanced protection system for side
impacts. Since the IC cannot be fitted in the roof like
other Volvos, it is fitted in the door and inflates
upwards when it is deployed.
Volvo's safety engineers have
fine-tuned the IC to be extra stiff. As a result, it can
stay upright and help protect the head effectively. In
addition, the curtain deflates slowly to help provide
additional protection if the car rolls over. This is a
unique solution in the automotive world.
High torsional rigidity - The
body structure, in a carefully designed network of beams,
not only contributes to the car’s high safety standards,
it also gives the body extremely high torsional rigidity
– twice as high as that of the previous C70 model. With
the roof up, torsional rigidity increases by a further
“A torsionally rigid body is
important to the car’s driving behaviour,” says C70
project manager Patrik Widerstrand. “It makes the car
more stable and easier to control. It also makes the car
more dynamic and fun to drive.” The all-new Volvo
C70 is initially powered by in-line, five-cylinder engines
topped by the turbocharged 2.5 litre T5 that produces 220
hp (162 kW) and offers maximum torque of 320 Nm. There are
also two normally aspirated, 2.4-litre engines producing
170 hp (125 kW) and 140 hp (103 kW). Later during 2006 a
2.4 litre, 5-cylinder diesel engine, producing 180 hp (132
kW), will be available.
Cooperation with Pininfarina -
The development and manufacture of the all new Volvo C70
is the result of a joint venture with renowned Italian
and like its predecessor, the car is built in Uddevalla in
“Pininfarina is an excellent partner
with long experience of developing and building
convertibles,” says Hans-Olov Olsson.
The first-generation C70 Convertible
had its best year in 2004 with just over 8,000 cars sold.
“Our all new C70 is one of the first open-top cars in
the premium segment with both a steel roof and space for
four adults. We believe this is a highly sought-after
combination. That’s why we expect to more than double
our sales compared with the first-generation C70,” says