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The new Volvo C70 – Sporty, stable and comfortable


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  • Multi-dimensional driving experience
  • Stable, compliant chassis for sporty driving yet comfortable ride
  • Reinforced body structure with good rigidity
  • Turbocharged five-cylinder engine


FRANKFURT (September 12, 2005) –Volvo Car Corporation’s new C70 convertible is designed to offer a lively driving experience without sacrificing comfort.


The 2006 C70 shares its basic technology with other Volvo models, including front-wheel drive, an extremely stable, compliant chassis, a MacPherson front suspension and a Multilink rear axle.


The independent suspension is designed to provide a combination of comfortable suspension and fast, exact steering response while a broad track and long wheelbase give the car stability. The chassis height has been lowered by 10 mm at the front and 15 mm at the rear (compared with a standard Volvo chassis), which further contributes to the stable driving characteristics. DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control System) is standard and offers extra stability when driving on a slippery road surface. The steering is electro-hydraulic with a light, distinct, controlled feeling.


Body with very high rigidity

The new C70 model has Volvo’s modern, advanced front structure while the side members, doors and sills have been reinforced in various ways to compensate for the lack of a fixed roof. The body structure, with an intricately designed member system, not only contributes to the high level of safety in the car but also gives the body torsional rigidity that’s twice as high as the first C70 model.


“A rigid body is important for the car’s driving characteristics,” says C70 Project Manager Patrik Widerstrand. “It makes the car stable and easier to control, thus enhancing driving pleasure.”


Turbocharged five-cylinder engine

The new Volvo C70 is being launched with one high-performance engine. A 2.5-litre, five cylinder engine with a light-pressure turbocharger, it offers maximum power output at 218 horsepower (162 kW) and 236 lb.-ft. (320 Nm) of torque. An even torque curve makes the car highly responsive and offers excellent acceleration.


The engine features four-valve technology with double overhead camshafts that contribute to the high power output and rapid response. The variable camshaft control (CVVT) offers high output and high torque in combination with reduced petrol consumption and reduced emissions.


The C70’s engine is extremely energy efficient. As the manifold and turbo unit have been cast together in high-alloy cast steel, which is extremely resistant to heat (emission temperatures are permitted to reach 1,050°C), the need for an intercooler has been minimized. The engine can therefore be run on a leaner gas mix with lower fuel consumption and emissions as a result, particularly when driving at high speed or with a heavy load.


The C70’s engine is fitted with either a five-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic, or a six-speed, manual gearbox originally developed for the Volvo S60 R and V70 R high-performance vehicles. The six gears are adapted to deliver both rapid acceleration and a high top speed. The gearbox has triple synchronisation and a very distinct gear change.


“The new Volvo C70 has a great deal of personality,” says Widerstrand. “But for Volvo, personality is never the same as unpredictability. The driving pleasure is to be found in the harmonious interplay between the responsive driveline and the compliant chassis.”


Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd. is part of the Volvo Car Corporation of Göteborg, Sweden. The company provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 43 Volvo automobile retailers across the country. The company’s product range includes the flagship S80 luxury sedan, the versatile V70 wagon, the S60 sports sedan, and the completely redesigned S40 sports sedan and V50 sportswagon. For buyers looking for more rugged versatility, the Volvo XC-line of vehicles that includes the XC70 and the award-winning XC90 sport utility vehicle.


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