Two cars in one
Thanks to the retractable hardtop, purchasers of the second generation Volvo C70 can enjoy the car with the roof both up and down without having to make any compromises. Volvo is one of the first manufacturers on the market with a roof in three sections.
“The C70 is also one of the first open cars in the premium segment with both a retractable hardtop and room for four adults. We feel this is an extremely attractive combination and we expect in particular to win over purchasers who face choosing between a convertible and a coupe. Here they have both cars in one. The touch of a button transforms an elegant convertible into an equally elegant coupe,” says Fredrik Arp.
Collaboration with Pininfarina
Volvo is responsible for the design, while the development and manufacture of the new open model will take place in collaboration with the highly respected Italian company Pininfarina. Volvo employees from design, construction and purchasing have been on site throughout the entire development phase in Turin.
As with its predecessor, the all new Volvo C70 will be built at the plant in Uddevalla, which is now known as Pininfarina Sverige AB.
“We have a very strong team. Pininfarina is an excellent partner with long experience of convertibles. The facility in Uddevalla has also built up its production routines since the first generation C70 was introduced in 1997,” says Fredrik Arp.
First pure joint venture
The positive spirit is shared by Pininfarina.
“The joint venture with Volvo Cars is an ideal form of co-operation for Pininfarina since both companies have a passion for design and a wealth of knowledge gained over many years,” says the company’s president Andrea Pininfarina. “Up to now we have designed and built cars at our own plants, while the Volvo C70 will be the first car to be built by Pininfarina in another country.”
“It is also the first time we have entered into what is a pure joint venture with a car manufacturer,” concludes Andrea Pininfarina.