There was once a time when the words “Volvo” and “sports car” were as compatible as oil and water. Volvo just didn’t have the chops or the intention to build sports cars. Volvo built safe cars, which is what the Swedish automaker ultimately decided to hang its hat on. Times sure have changed because Volvo is not only thinking of overhauling its lineup, but its planning to do it by re-entering the sports car and convertible market. Stranger things have happened, but this one is definitely up there.
Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Research and Development Peter Mertens recently dropped this surprising news to Motoring Australia. Apparently, Volvo has seen the light and it’s beginning to understand that safety, while extremely important in the auto industry, shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all of its design strategy. If it wants to tap into the younger demographic, it needs to have cars that, in Mertens words, “combine safety and sexy design”.
The plan, according to Mertens, is to begin developing new sports car and convertible models that will be based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The company proved with the Concept Coupe that it’s more than capable of building a sports car with the kind of styling dynamics that will get people’s attention.
For now, though, Volvo remains committed in renewing its existing models, which is a pretty smart move considering that it’s got a new design language to creatively work around showcasing the company’s newfound styling chops. Once those models are done, then we can expect Volvo to begin developing sports cars.
So don’t expect to see a Volvo sports car to challenge the Jaguar F-Type Roadster anytime soon. It could happen, which is already half-the-battle won when it comes to Volvo. But as far as expecting one to be launched in the next few years, we strongly suggest exercising a little bit of patience.
Note: Volvo C70 Convertible pictured here.
Click past the jump to read more about Volvo’s future plans.
The 2011 SEMA Auto Show is over so now it’s time to focus on the next motor show of the month: the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show starting November 16th. Just a few days ago, Subaru announced the BRZ STI Concept’s scheduled appearance in California, and now Volvo has announced a special edition C70. Called the C70 Inscription, this new edition will be offered worldwide and will be limited to 2,000 units a year.
The new C70 Inscription will be offered in only three exterior colors: Black Stone (Solid), Black Sapphire (Metallic), and Ice White (Solid). It will be distinguished by 18-inch wheels painted in black with polished spokes and outer perimeter, a high-gloss paint on the grille, and LED Daytime Running Lights.
For the interior, the model will add an exclusive leather-covered dashboard with contrasting stitching and Sovereign Hide upholstery in Off Black or Calcite with the same contrasting stitching as on dashboard, handbrake lever, and carpets. A sporty feeling will be added with a new set of aluminum pedals, a steering wheel and gear shift knob with aluminum inlays. Because this is a special edition, it will also feature "Inscription" logos on the front headrests, carpets, and handbrake lever.
UPDATE 12/15/11: Volvo has officially released the pricing details for the C70 Inscription package. If you’re interested in getting one, you’re going to need to shell out $3,900 for the opportunity to have one put into your C70. Add that to the $40,450 cost of the car itself and you’re looking at a price of around $44,350.
After the market launch of the new S60 luxury sedan, Volvo has decided to also offer a convertible version based on it. Called the C60, the future convertible will be built on the same midsize EUCD platform from Ford, making it bigger than the current C70. It will be a cheaper alternative to models like the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz E350. A final decision will be made next year on whether or not the C60 convertible will be produced even though Volvo refuses to comment on these rumors.
Like with the S60 sedan, the C60 convertible will also be available with a variety of diesel and gas burning power plants spanning the range from an economical 115 HP DRIVe version to a high performance T6 turbocharged mill producing a maximum output of 304 HP and 324.5 lb-ft of torque. The C60 will deliver the same sprint time as the sedan, around 6.5 seconds with a top speed limited to 155 mph.
Stay tuned, we’ll get back with more details as soon as we have them!
Oh, the power of the internet. After Volvo released the S60 luxury sedan, they decided that they would also bring a convertible version of the model to the market. This vehicle has yet to be revealed and no one has been able to receive a peek at what the car will look like. Until now. Attending a dealer presentation in Sweden, a ballsy individual sneaked in a camera phone to snap a quick pic of the vehicle. This is the first image of the car. We have to say we love the power of the internet, obviously. Whenever you can get a shot of a car that has yet to be released to the public is always a good day.
This convertible is said to be unveiled sometime in 2012 and, although it will be a convertible version of the S60, it will not be called the S60. Volvo has been throwing around the C60 as a potential name for the car, but, for the sake of simplicity, we will continue to call it the convertible S60. The S60 convertible will be a successor for the C70, and, like the car it replaces, it will feature a folding, hardtop roof with a front fascia identical to the standard S60. The rear lights will also receive some minor changes.
Under the hood there will be the same engine line-up as in the sedan, starting with a 115 HP DRIVe and ending with a T6 turbocharged producing a maximum output of 304 HP and 324.5 lb-ft of torque.
Although we have had the pleasure to take a look at the convertible model of the Volvo S60, we will still have to wait a little longer to receive full specs, prices, and other changes made to the vehicle. That is, of course, if the information isn’t leaked first.
Noted Volvo tuner Heico Sportiv found an unlikely partner in upgrading a Volvo C70 when it tied up with Thonet, a German-based contemporary furniture designer to create – of all things – special wooden gearshift knobs to be installed on the C70.
By themselves, the gearshift knobs, which are made from either oak, beech, or walnut, look nothing like the standard knobs we’ve come to expect from almost all vehicles, but we guess that’s what makes it all the more alluring.
In fact, according to Thonet, the design of the knobs was done to reflect Volvo’s noted floating center console.
Unlikely as it sounds to have a furniture design company become involved in car tuning, Thonet’s gear shift knobs actually look pretty good when you piece the whole puzzle together. It’s not too loud that it stands out like a sore thumb yet it’s not too bland that nobody will even notice something was different. It was a curious choice for Heico Sportiv to bring Thonet on board but, at the end of the day, it seemed like it was worth it.
Press Release after the jump
Heico Sportiv will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a tuning program for the Volvo C70 convertible model. The exterior package includes a front spoiler made in lightweight polyurethane plastic (PUR), a rear diffuser, 20 inch forged wheel, a dual or quad pipe stainless steel exhaust system.
The package also includes an ECU upgrade for the 2.0D and D5 versions, but there are no details yet on how the output has been modified.
Press release after the jump.
Volvo will unveil a revised version of the C70 Convertible at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The C70 is the first model from the Swedish automaker to feature design elements from the S60 Concept Car that was unveiled earlier this year.
Making up the restyled Volvo C70 includes a set of redesigned front fenders, a much more wedge shaped nose, new crystal like headlamps and some new trim surrounding the foglamps and the lower grille. For 2011, the C70 Convertible is being offered with three gas burning and two diesel engines: first is the T5 turbocharged five cylinder making 230 HP, the 2.4i pumping out 170 HP, the 2.4 cranking out 140 HP. The diesel mills consist of the D5 making 180 HP and the 2.0D that produces 136 HP.
The new Volvo C70 has been engineered to be one of the safest convertibles on the market, with regards to both active and passive safety. The car has an advanced body structure and several solutions that are unique to the C70 in the world of open top cars. The lack of a fixed roof doesn’t compromise the convertible’s structural integrity and has been compensated for by structural reinforcements and other sophisticated technology.
Updated 01/22/10: The new Volvo C70, in USA offered as a 2011 model, will go on sale at a price of just $39,950. Volvo will also offer a a Convenience Package for $1,000, a Multimedia Package for $2,600, a Dynamic Trim Package for $1,000 and a Climate Package for $900. Hit the jump to get full pricing list.
Press release after the jump.
Volvo’s new C70 coupe cabrio has been caught completely in the buff by a loyal member of the Swedespeed internet forum. This facelifted version of the sporty two door is not supposed to be unveiled until the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, so seeing one undisguised in its natural habitat is quite a treat.
The similarities between the exterior of the S60 Concept car and the next generation C70 are clearly visible. From this unobstructed view we can see that the C70 features a redesigned front bumper, a larger grill, new headlights and much more fluid lines. From the back you can see that Volvo is taking pride in their new design just by how large they wrote their name across the boot.
Volvo UK has launched a new special edition C70. Called C70 Ice White, the new special edition is priced at £24,495 OTR and is available to order now; it features £2,350 worth of extra equipment over the standard 2.0D S model on which it is based which retails at £24,995.
Externally, the Volvo C70 Ice White sports the head-turning Ice White finish. The interior boasts sumptuous Calcite leather upholstery with black interior trim and aluminum inlays. The exterior appeal is also boosted with 18” Midir diamond cut alloy wheels.
The Ice White is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0D diesel engine (136PS), which emits 161g/km CO2 and returns up to 46.3mpg fuel economy on the combined cycle. Options include Volvo’s Powershift gearbox for £1,400 – a six-speed twin-clutch transmission which provides the comfort of a full automatic mode with the performance of a manual. Powershift versions return up to 44.8mpg and 167g/km CO2.
Press release after the jump.
The second generation C70 Convertible was launched in 2005 at Frankfurt motor show. The aim was to create two cars in one - without compromising on either. A three-piece retractable hardtop transforms the Volvo C70 from coupe to convertible at the touch of a button. The C70 was developed in close cooperation with Pininfarina of Italy.
Introduced last year, the all-new Volvo C70 offers the best of both worlds. It’s a modern convertible with classic proportions, four comfortable seats and a three-piece retractable hardtop. The C70 can be transformed seamlessly from a coupe into a convertible. The retractable hardtop folds away quickly and smoothly into the trunk. Apart from the flexibility offered by the retractable hardtop it also makes for a quieter, more comfortable coupe. The large rear window glass offers outstanding (...)
Sporty at the front, aggressive at the rear - so say the creators. Two front spoiler flaps add a dynamic character to the design. The high-quality front spoiler flaps, produced in flexible PU-RIM plastic, are installed over the original bumper skin and perfectly complement the design of the vehicle. The front spoiler flaps replace the original air intakes, which leaves open the opportunity to fit special fog lamps, which are a HEICO option.
An innovative novelty is the cornering light kit. (...)
The Volvo C70 is a car to be driven under an open sky. The softly purring engine and compliant chassis transform driving into a beautiful, harmonious experience. At the same time, the car has the potential for sporty driving thanks to its powerful, responsive driveline, rigid body and suspension tuning.
The new Volvo C70 started its life as a coupe. Then the design team, headed by Fedde Talsma took the roof away. One car became two. "Both cars" are, however, among the leaders in safety and styling and fun to drive.
A convertible is usually designed as an open car. A roof is then crafted on to it, with a result that is not always pleasing to the eye. At Volvo Cars, the design team did exactly the opposite when working on the new C70. They created a sporty coupe and then converted (...)