Volvo C70
aka Type aka here, not up there
Production 1997-present
Class Compact Convertible
Body Style 2-Door Folding Hardtop Convertible
Length 180.4 in
Width 72.3 in
Height 55.1 in
Wheelbase 103.9 in
Weight 3792 lb
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Engine 2.5 litre turbocharged Inline-5
Power 208 hp @ 5000 rpm
236 lb-ft of torque @ 4800 rpm
Similar Volkswagen Eos
Designer John Kinsey and Pininfarina under Steve Mattin

The Volvo C70 is an upscale car built by the Ford Motor Company's Volvo subsidiary. The C70 is available in convertible and (originally) coupé versions with a choice of manual or automatic transmission. In the United States prices for the C70 convertible started at $38,710 for the 2006 model year.

Recent Changes[]

  • For 2010, the Volvo C70 receives a mid-cycle facelift. The refreshed coupe-cabrio is set for debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. [1]
  • For 2006, the C70 was completely redesigned. It is now based on the C1 architecture also underpinning the Volvo S40 sedan, European Market Ford Focus, and Mazda3

Styles and Major Options[]

Convenience Package - $1,000

  • Keyless drive
  • Homelink® remote garage door opener
  • Rear park assist
  • Integrated compass for auto-dimming rear view mirror

Multimedia Package - $2,600

  • Dynaudio 14-speaker (includes two 8-inch subwoofers) premium sound system with Dolby® Pro Logic® II surround sound
  • Navigation system with real time traffic updates
  • Map Care - Two complimentary map updates

Dynamic Trim Package - $1,000

  • 18-inch "Midir" diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Dual Xenon headlights with Active Bending Light (ABL)
  • Sport steering wheel with aluminium inlay

Climate Package - $900

  • Heated front seats
  • Interior Air Quality Sensor (IAQS)
  • Headlight washers
  • Rainsensor windshield wipers
  • Humidity sensor

Stand alone options

  • Metallic paint - $550
  • Premium Electric Silver metallic paint - $675
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) - $700
  • Nordic Light Oak real wood inlay - $150
  • Tempa spare - No charge option
  • Cranberry leather seating surfaces - No charge option
  • Portable navigation system - $750
  • Wind Blocker - $495


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  • RECALL ALERT: On Jul 29, 2008, Volvo issued a recall affecting 1020 C1 platform Volvos: C30, S40, V50, and C70 due to a faulty power steering return line which may rupture and cause the loss of power steering.[2]


Standard Safety Equipment

  • Stability and Traction Control
  • Rollover hoops and reinforced windshield frame
  • Front and side airbags for front seats
  • Curtain airbags for front and rears seats
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Whiplash preventing head restraints on front seats

The 2006-2007 C70 has not been tested by the NHTSA and therefor no crash testing data is available.


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Exterior Colors
Passion Red  
Silver Metallic  
Flint Grey Metallic  
Magic Blue Metallic  
Celestial Blue Metallic  
Zanzibar Gold Metallic  
White Pearlescent  

Interior Colors Cloth Leather
Quartz   N/A
Cream N/A  

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No hybrid models are available or planned for future production.

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Second generation (2006-Present)[]

The new C70 model will be launched on 13 April 2006, sharing the plaform of the S40. This vehicle, designed by John Kinsey and built by Pininfarina, is a coupé convertible which features a three piece retractable metal hardtop. The top can raise or lower in less than 30 seconds. The C70 will not built as a coupé or as a cabriolet. For the first time, the C70 will use atmospheric gasoline engines, as well as diesel engines with variable geometry turbocharger and common-rail direct injection.

After receiving criticism with the lack of body rigidity, in 2007, Volvo had to make adjustments to fix it. Now, the C70 adds 100 kg more weight and its tracks were increased to 39 mm for better stability.

First Generation/Origins (1997-2005)[]

The Volvo C70 was available with both low-pressure and high-pressure, 5-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engines and manual and automatic transmissions. Although visually based on the 850, it was actually engineered by Tom Walkinshaw Racing and was a breakthrough design for Peter Horbury.

Since the Volvo 780 coupe went out of production in 1990, Volvo lacked a true competitor to Saab's 900/9-3 coupe/convertible, and likely lost sales to Saab to customers desiring a Swedish sports car.

The C70 was built in Uddevalla, Sweden in a facility separate from the 70-series sedan and wagon assembly line. The C70 also had more human involvement in assembly than the other 70-series cars since the C70 was the first modern convertible Volvo had constructed.

The car was introduced as a 1997 model in Europe, while it was introduced as a 1998 model in North America, Volvo's largest market. This staggered launch was in part to ensure quality of a vehicle type that was very new to Volvo.

A series of special edition models was made in the beginning of the production run featuring a unique two-tone premium leather interior. Other optional equipment made standard in this special edition include the SC-900 (coupe) and SC-901 (convertible) Dolby Surround Sound stereo with 3-disc integrated changer unit (via a cartridge) and 12 Dynaudio speakers.

The C70 met with limited success overall due to a limited demand for coupes in general and cost (roughly US$43,000 for convertible and US$39,000 for coupe). The coupe model has a smoother roof line than the convertible due to the ribs necessary in a soft top. The second generation C70 remedies this by using a three-piece retractable hard top.

The C70 has developed a cult following of Volvo enthusiasts due to its groundbreaking design and its touring car performance. The C70 is a heavy car for its size due to numerous safety features. The car performs best at high speeds, overtaking traffic with power bursts from its turbocharged engine. The manual transmission makes the most of the T5 engine, but is rare in North America.

The C70 was introduced to the press in saffron orange metallic paint. The 1997 movie The Saint featured a C70 finished in coral red metallic paint. As with most Volvo models, paint colors changed throughout the C70's years of production.

Production of the coupe ended before the convertible due to lack of demand. Several special edition colors and trim options were available to commemorate the end of the first generation C70.

Volvo and Tom Walkinshaw Racing have had a tumultuous relationship, with threatened shutdowns of the Uddevalla factory occurring during contract disputes. As a result, Volvo and TWR parted ways and TWR has no contribution to the new C70.


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