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Volvo C70 Convertible - 2006 and Newer



  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    With Ford expected to move Jaguar upmarket into Bentley territory

    Where did you see that?

  • chris65amgchris65amg Posts: 372
    I saw something on the Inside Line news that hinted that, and I've heard rumors flying around that they will. I mean, it would make sense if they did..... Still, only rumors.

    I really find it hard to swallow that Volvo is going to be a niche-er. From the new things they are rolling out, it looks like they are targeting lower-end Audi's for less money. And this retractable hardtop reeks (or smells nicely, whichever you wish) of Mercedes.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    I'm pretty sure the name of Volvo's new convertible is the C50, not the C30. In light of this fact, could you rename this forum?

  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    Seems to be a lack of information on this car. Anyone know engines sizes and whether there will be an AWD version. When will the car hit dealersips. Driving a1999 s80 now, nice car but not that reliable.... if only Volvo could fix their reliability. :sick:
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    Our info from Volvo still says it's the C30 - we'll wait for confirmation before changing the title.


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  • I have loved Volvo since I was born since my mom worked for Volvo Corporation. They are excellent cars and I have a 1997 850 myself. The new C50 is the convertible based on the current S40, and the C30 is a totally different vehicle that is based on the two concepts the 3CC and the SCC. They both should be great additions to the banging volvo lineup. In the near future I hope to be driving an S40 T5 AWD, but if the C50 comes out soon I might change my mind and go for the C50. We will have to see but I LOVE VOLVO-VOLVO FOR LIFE!!
  • It is the C70. It does look alot like the S40. Beware of Photoshop pictures of the convertible. The link in message 19 shows the actual car. Look for center mounted brake light in the deck lid. The word Volvo is under it. The rear end is reworked from the S40. The twin tailpipes are straight, not pointed down like the S40. The back seat looks to be nearly the same space as the S40 but narrower. only holding two people. The seatbelts for the backseat are mounted in the middle of the seat, not on the outside. The front end is a little different. Sleeker with different front facia and I think different headlights. The interior is not exactly the same either. I was able to see handles on the doors with aluminum inserts. The top was down and the Volvo people would not put it up. It appears that the deck will open one direction to swallow the roof and still open for the trunk too. Can't wait to see how that operation will unfold. The car is to debut at the Frankfurt show in September. Retailers will begin taking preorders soon after. Come next Feb., retailers should get one or two demos for people to drive and hopefully order. The official on-sale date as of now is April 1, 2006. The car looks great, very sleek and refined. Definitely the prettiest Volvo ever built. The car I saw was in a new Silver color that Volvo is introducing on the whole line for 2006. The interior was Off Black. The wheels were like the ones in the photos above. The badging on the back said C70 on the left and T5 on the right corner. We were given no info about options, pricing or colors. I believe the car will be priced similarly to the outgoing C70, thus the name. The 04 C70 is priced in the upper 30's to low 40's. If you called it a C40 or C50, that price point may be tough to swallow. From all I have seen, the car should sell like wildfire. I would've taken pictures, but cell phones with cameras were collected before the event. Hope this clears up some misinformation that is out there.
  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    What event did you see the show at... any idea what engines will be offered and whether an AWD version will be offered... thanks again
  • Other than the Turbo 5 cyl that this one seemed to have, I don't know of any other engine choices.
    I saw the car at a training event for Volvo retailers. The event was for the existing product line. The C70 was pulled out during dinner. No one was allowed to get too close. Guess they don't want too much info getting out. Just enough to build interest.
  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    Thanks for your answer, one final question.. do you know when details on the c70 will be provided to the dealers ...thanks again
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    it'll be called the C70? Then will Volvo build a slightly smaller C50?
  • rositarosita Posts: 2
    i heard there will be a c70 and a c40 new style
    actually and i hear this overseas where i am living right now. sometimes new travels slower to the states.
  • rositarosita Posts: 2
    does anyone know when the new convertible volvo is coming out? i am interested in the new steel top like the mercedes. heard it was going to come out in c40 model.
  • I was told by someone involved with Volvo, in product launches, that the vehicle would be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto show in September. After that, retailers would receive information on taking pre-orders (ie. pricing and option/color info) in October. Retailers are to get a demo model in Feb-Mar and the car officially goes on sale April 1, 2006.
  • I have not heard anything about a C50. I have heard about a compact SUV, probably an XC50 comparable to the Land Rover Freelander. The car I saw said C70 on the tailgate. That is all I have to base my information on.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Ah. Ok. All the magazines have reported the next generation Volvo convertible as a C50 though...

    Any news on the XC50?
  • adp3adp3 Posts: 446
    I have a question for you guys. I have the opportunity to buy a friend's used 325cic (convertible). It is loaded - power everything - heated seats; comfort package (fully automatic retractable roof)(not sport package); harmon kardon stereo; steptronic automatic. 2004. 10k miles. Mint condition. Blue book is probably 36 or so.

    Should I buy it, or wait and buy the new Volvo convertible, ...or wait less and buy a Pontiac Solstice?

    I could always buy it and drive it until they get the first year bugs out of the Volvo (or the Solstice), and then sell the BMW.
  • My thought on that is Volvo wants to distance the new convertible from its sedan and wagon siblings because of pricing. I expect the pricing to start in the upper 30's. That puts it several thousand dollars over the S40 and in the range of the V70 wagon. Would people buy a C50 with an MSRP of $41500 with an S40 sitting next to it for $31500?

    I don't have any reliable news on the XC50 yet.
  • If you can "steal" it, I'd buy it. The Solstice is a good looking vehicle, but it is all new. The Volvo convertible is a new model, but the engine has been around since the mid 90's and the platform it is starting its third model year. It doesn't sound like it is a major issue, but the BMW has no space in the back seat. Also expect values to drop on the 04 when the new 06 3 Series convertible debuts. That is why I say, if you can steal it, sure buy it.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Here's some news on the XC50, the most that I've found anywhere.

    BTW, what exactly will this new Volvo convertible be called? This forum is C30, but everywhere else it's C70, and I've even seen C50. So what is it?

    I would imagine C30/C50, so a larger more powerful/luxurious coupe can come in called the C70/C90
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    that Volvo could build TWO convertibles? A C50/C30 and a C70/C90?
  • See for Volvo's information on the new convertible C70. The link in the lower right hand corner.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Wouldn't be a bad idea.

    A C90 could move upmarket and compete with the SC430, XLR, 6 series, Mercedes SLK.

    And the C70 could stay with the Mercedes CLK, BMW 3 series, Audi A4.

    Although why is it called the C70 when it is based off the S40/V50? C50 would be better.
  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    intial information, pics and forum are out on sweedspeed. like the way it looks, little underpowered for my taste, interior shots look downscale somewhat... could use AWD to compete against Audi, I guess I'll just have to see it in person. :P
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    an AWD convertible. But if they build it, I guess someone will buy it.
  • empty1empty1 Posts: 109
    Audi sells AWD convertibles with larger engines than what Volvo plans costs more and is not hard top but it does have a nicer interior from what I see. :shades:
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,416
    Maybe we could change the title to this thread?

    I think they are using C70, as they already have a coupe/convertible with that designation... Priced above $40K... So, the new one will look like a bargain, even though it is based on a smaller vehicle..



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  • adp3adp3 Posts: 446
    the new C70 is shorter than the prior, I believe, but it is not smaller: interior dimensions are the same as the existing.

    at least that's my recollection from listening to a bunch of Volvo guys
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,416
    True... a smaller car, but interior room is as large as previous model, due to better packaging...

    I'd say this is true of almost every new model that comes out, in general... Every succeeding generation seems to have more interior room than the last..


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  • I have seen the new vehicle in person. While no official specs were offered, it appeared to be comparable to the interior space in the previous generation C70. It would appear that the car will be comparable to the old car in size and price. I regards to the performance, it will have the 218 turbo 5 cyl. it won't be a rocket ship, but it isn't designed to take on the M3 conv or the AMG SLK.
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