- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2005

Volvo will introduce its new C70 in September at the IAA auto show in Frankfurt. Getting ahead of the world premier, Volvo released the first details and pictures of the coupe convertible that will be available in the spring of next year.

The successor of the C70 coupe and convertible models will be a two-in-one: a car with a retractable hard top. Unique is that the top consists of three parts. The C70 is developed and will be produced by the new joint venture between Volvo and the Italian coach builder Pininfarina.

As one might expect, Volvo has paid a lot of attention to the safety of the new C70. The body has twice the torsional stiffness of the current C70; with the roof closed, this increases another 10 percent.

The new Volvo is equipped with a new Inflatable curtain that is built in the door and that inflates upward. It is part of an extended safety system that should offer enough side-impact protection.

The IC is extra stiff, so that in an emergency it stands upright and protects the heads of the occupants. As the air will be deflated only slowly, the IC also offers protection during a rollover.

The new Volvo will be available with three five-cylinder engines, two with a cylinder capacity of 2.4 liters with 140 horsepower or 170 horsepower. The third engine is the 2.5 T5 turbo with 220 horsepower.

The 2006 C70 will be the first car in the premium segment with a retractable hard top and room for four adults. The car will be built in Uddevalla, Sweden.

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