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Volvo C70

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A coupe produced by Volvo from model years 1997-2013. The C70 is the coupe version of the S70 sedan. A V70 station wagon is also available.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Volvo C70 page on 4 November 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Volvo C70 is a two-door, four-passenger compact manufactured and marketed by Volvo Cars from 1996 to 2013 across two generations.

The first generation (1996–2005) was available as both a coupé (1996–2002) and softtop convertible (1997–2005). The second generation (2006–2013) was available as a retractable hardtop convertible.

First generation (1996–2005)

Volvo unveiled the first generation C70 at the 1996 Paris Motor Show, followed by introducing it on the European market as a 1997 model, and a year later as a 1998 model in North America. — with 2.0 (sold mostly in Italy), a low-pressure turbo (2.4L) and a high-pressure turbo (2.0L and 2.3L), 5-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engines and manual and automatic transmissions. Peter Horbury designed the exterior and Mexican designer Jose Diaz de la Vega led the interior design team.

The C70 broke Volvo's decades-long styling tradition of boxy, rectilinear designs and was Volvo's first luxury coupe since the 780. According to Peter Horbury, Volvo's design chief from 1991 to 2002, with the C70, Volvo threw away the box, but "kept the toy inside!" "Our vision was to design a convertible that would meet the needs of a family of four looking for comfortable blue-sky motoring in a vehicle also providing stylish looks, performance and faultless driving and road-holding."

In a development program of 30 months and working with a Volvo 850-derived platform, Britain’s TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) co-designed the car's basic design and suspension tuning with Volvo. Manufacture of the C70 was a joint venture until the two companies experienced disputes that threatened to interrupt production; TWR did not contribute to the second generation C70.

Volvo's first modern convertible, the C70 was manufactured in Uddevalla, Sweden on a separate assembly line from the 70-series sedan and station wagon. The four-seater convertible featured an electrically heated glass rear window, automatic (pop-up) rollover hoops system ROPS, seat belt pre-tensioners, boron steel reinforced A-pillars, front and side airbags, and a safety cage — a horseshoe-like structure around the passenger compartment.

Second generation (2006–2013)

The second generation C70 model debuted at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, sharing the Volvo S40 platform, designed by John Kinsey and built by Pininfarina Sverige AB — a joint venture between Pininfarina and Volvo (and the first time Pininfarina has manufactured outside Italy). The C70 retractable hardtop replaces its predecessors two models: both the convertible and the coupé, the latter which had been absent from Volvo's lineup since 2003. The retractable hardtop went on sale in the U.S. in spring 2006.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States conducted its first crash tests of several convertibles, designating the C70 a "Top Safety Pick".


2006 Specifications

DrivetrainFF
Engine TypeI5
Engine Displacement2.5L (154ci)
AspirationTurbocharged
ValvetrainDOHC
Horsepower218
Torque
Standard Transmission6-speed manual
Optional Transmission5-speed automatic w/manual shift
SteeringPower rack-and-pinion
Front SuspensionStrut-type, coil springs
Rear SuspensionMultilink, Coil Springs
BrakesVented discs w/ABS
Wheelbase103.9"
Length180.4"
Width71.7"
Height55.1"
Front Track61.0"
Rear Track61.4"
Standard TiresPirelli P Zero Rosso
Tire Size235/40VR-18
Truck Capacity (top up/down)12.8 cu. ft./6.0 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity15.9 gallons
Base MSRP$39,405
Optional 5-Speed Transmission$1,250


Video

Volvo C70 Coupé/Cabrio

Film Year:  2007
Producer:  Martin Lukanz, Luxmedia, MotorNewsTV
Duration:  1:22

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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
11 August 2006Volvo C70 - A True Contemporary ConvertibleKevin Anderson


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