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Volvo C70
Volvo C70 parts and features
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
Pininfarina Sverige AB (2nd generation)
Production 1997-present
Assembly Uddevalla, Sweden
Class Cabriolet
Layout FF layout

The Volvo C70 is a two-door manufactured by Volvo Cars in two generations: the first from model years 1997-2002 as coupé and from 1997-2005 as a soft top convertible. The second generation C70 has been marketed since 2006 as a retractable hardtop.

First generation (1997-2005)

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2002 Volvo C70 coupe
First generation
1997-2001 Volvo C70 convertible parts
Production 1997-2005
Body style(s) 2-door cabriolet
2-door coupe
Engine(s) 2.0L 125 kW 168hp I5
2.4L turbo 145 kW 193hp I5
2.3L turbo 180 kW 240hp I5
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 1998-99 Coupe: 104.7 in (2659 mm)
1998-2002 Convertible & 2000-02 Coupe: 2660 mm (104.9 in)
2003-05: 105.0 in (2667 mm)
Length 1997-2002: 4720 mm (185.7 in)
2003-05: 186.0 in (4724 mm)
Width 1820 mm (71.5 in)
Height 1998-99 Coupe: 55.7 in (1415 mm)
1430 mm (56.3 in)
Curb weight 1,520 kg (3,400 lb)-1,650 kg (3,600 lb)
Designer Peter Horbury

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Volvo introduced the first generation C70 at the 1996 Paris Motor Show, following a European introduction as a 1997 model, and later as a 1998 model in North America — with both low-pressure (2.4L) and high-pressure (2.3L), 5-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engines and manual and automatic transmissions. Peter Horbury designed the exterior and Mexican designer Jose Diaz de la Vega led the interior design team.

The C70 broke Volvo's decades-long styling tradition of boxy, rectilinear designs. According to Peter Horbury, Volvo's design chief from 1991 to 2002, with the C70, Volvo threw away the box, but "kept the toy inside!" Our vision was to design a convertible that would meet the needs of a family of four looking for comfortable blue-sky motoring in a vehicle also providing stylish looks, performance and faultless driving and road-holding."

In a development program of 30 months and working with a Volvo 850-derived platform, Britain’s TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) co-designed the car's basic design and suspension tuning with Volvo. Manufacture of the C70 was a joint venture until the two companies experienced disputes that threatened to interrupt production; TWR did not contribute to the second generation C70.

Volvo's first modern convertible, the C70 was manufactured in Uddevalla, Sweden on a separate assembly line from the 70-series sedan and station wagon. The four-seater convertible featured an electrically-heated glass rear window, automatic (pop-up) rollover hoops, seat belt pre-tensioners, boron steel reinforced A-pillars, front and side airbags, and a safety cage — a horseshoe like structure around the passenger compartment.

The cloth convertible top, initially available in four colors, was fully automatic, operated by a single, dashboard-mounted button. The top stored automatically under an integral rigid tonneau cover in a system pioneered in modern convertibles with the fourth generation Mercedes SL.

The C70 convertible exhibited two negative traits endemic to convertibles: poor rear visibility[ and pronounced skuttle shake, a characteristic whereby the structural design of the bulkhead between engine and passenger compartment of a convertible suffers sufficiently poor rigidity to negatively impact ride and handling — and to allow noticeable vibration, shudder or chassis-flexing into the passenger compartment.

An early special editions featured two-tone leather interior, SC-901 (1998) Dolby Pro Logic I stereo with 3-disc integrated changer unit (via a cartridge) 500 watts of power and 12 high end Dynaudio speakers.

The C70 was introduced to the press in a signature color (saffron orange metallic) and for the debut marketing, the 1997 movie The Saint featured a C70 — recalling the notable connection of the Volvo P1800 and the TV series from the early 1960s, The Saint with Roger Moore as Simon Templar.

Second generation (2006-)

Second generation
2007 Volvo C70 parts
Production 2006-present
Body style(s) 2-door Coupé convertible
Platform Volvo P1
Engine(s) 2.4L 125 kW Five-cylinder
2.5L 162 kW Five-cylinder turbo charged petrol
2.4L 136 kW D5 Five-cylinder turbo Diesel (in Europe)
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2640 mm (103.9 in)
Length 4582 mm (180.4 in)
Width 1820 mm (72.3 in)
Height 1400 mm (55.1 in)
Curb weight 1,725 kg (3,800 lb)
Fuel capacity 62 L (16.4 US gal; 13.6 imp gal)
Designer Fedde Talsma

The second generation C70 model was launched on 13 April 2006, sharing the Volvo P1 platform, designed by John Kinsey and built by Pininfarina Sverige AB. The three-piece retractable hardtop raises or lowers in under 30 seconds and replaces both the convertible and the coupé, the latter which had been absent from Volvo's lineup since 2003. The C70 is offered with a normally-aspirated gasoline engine with variable geometry turbocharger and common-rail direct injection.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States recently conducted its first crash tests of several convertibles and designated the C70 a "Top Safety Pick".

Safety systems include a door-mounted side impact protection inflatable which inflates upward when activated. The curtain has an extra stiff construction with double rows of slats that are slightly offset from each other. This allows them to remain upright and offer effective head protection even with the window open. The curtain also deflates slowly to provide protection should the car roll over. This is a unique solution in the automotive world.

The C70 retractable hardtop also features a roll over protection structure (ROPS) with two pyrotechnically charged roll hoops hidden behind the rear seats that deploy under roll-over conditions whether the roof is retracted or not.


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Volvo S40/V40
2005-2007 Volvo S40 (US)
Manufacturer NedCar (1995–2004)
Volvo Cars (2005–present)
Parent company Ford Motor Company
Production 1995 – present
Predecessor Volvo 440
Successor Volvo V50 (for V40)
Class Small family car

The Volvo S40, V40 and V50 are compact executive cars produced by Volvo Cars. There have been two generations, the first launched in 1995 and the second one in 2004. The latter is listed by Forbes as one of the best luxury cars for young affluent drivers. It is also the most popular car among women in the luxury segment in the US market according to J.D. Power and Associates.

First generation (1995–2004)

First generation
2000-2002 Volvo S40 (US)
Production 1995–2004
Assembly Born, Netherlands
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon (as V40)
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4
1.9 L turbocharged I4
Standard in North American models and only available in North America
1.9 L diesel I4
2.0 L I4
2.0 L turbocharged I4
Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2000-01: 2550 mm (100.3 in)
2002-04: 2557 mm (101 in)
Length 2000-01: 4470 mm (176 in)
2002-04: 4521 mm (178 in)
Width 2000-01: 1720 mm (67.7 in)
2002-04: 1717 mm (67.6 in)
Height 2000-01: 1410 mm (55.5 in)
2002-04 S40: 1423 mm (56 in)
2002-04 V50: 1426 mm (56.1 in)
Related Mitsubishi Carisma

In the summer of 1995 Volvo released the S40 saloon (sedan) and V40 estate (station wagon). They were built in the Netherlands at the NedCar factory, a pre-Ford joint venture between Volvo and Mitsubishi Motors. It was based on a common platform with the Mitsubishi Carisma, but the Japanese version did not sell as well in Europe.

In 2001 the 40 Series went through a facelift ("Phase II"), and a number of technical improvements were simultaneously introduced, such as improved engine management, direct (diesel) fuel injection, extra safety features, larger brake discs, new front suspension and steering, revised rear suspension, larger tires and a slight widening of the track width.

The 40 Series cars were equipped with four-cylinder engines, such as a 1.9 L diesel or 1.6, 1.8,1.9T , or 2.0-litre fuel-injected gasoline engines, with low (2.0T) and high (T4) pressure turbo variants at the top of the motor range. The 1.9-litre was the only engine available in North America.

In the UK trim levels were base, SE and CD.

The Volvo S40 was the first car to earn four stars in Euro-NCAP.


Second generation (2004–present)

For the station wagon version, see Volvo V50
Second generation
Production 2004–present
Assembly Ghent, Belgium
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Volvo P1 platform
Engine(s) 1.6 L I4
1.6 L diesel I4
1.8 L I4
1.8 L E-85/Petrol I4
2.0 L I4
2.0 L diesel I4
2.4 L I5
2.5 L T5 turbocharged I5
2.4 L D5 turbocharged diesel I5
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed Geartronic
Wheelbase 2640 mm (103.9 in)
Length 2004-2005: 175.9
2006-2007: 176.2
2008-:176.5 in
Width 1770 mm (69.7 in)
Height 1452 mm (57.2 in)
AWD: 1470 mm (57.9 in)
Curb weight 1399–1426 kg
(3084–3144 lb)
Related Mazda3
Ford Focus
Volvo C30

Introduced in the middle of the 2004 model year, the second generation S40 (known as the 2004.5 Volvo S40) introduced a new design based on the Volvo P1 platform built at the Volvo Cars factory in Ghent, Belgium. At the same time, the V40 was replaced by the V50 estate, also based on the P1 platform and built in Ghent. The S40 was nominated for the World Car of the Year award for 2005 and won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Sport Compact award for 2005. It has also been elected the South African Car of the Year for 2005 by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists.

The chassis for this car and the majority of its components were developed by Volvo, however similar mechanical components can be found in the Mazda3 and the European Ford Focus. The engine, a 2.5L 5 cylinder (B5254T3, and B5254S respectively for the turbo and naturally aspirated models) is the latest generation of Volvo's 5 cylinder engines. These inline fives have been continually developed by Volvo since the debut of the engine in the 850, in 1993. The top of the line S40 T5 AWD, as well as the 2.4 and 2.4i, powertrain is still made by Volvo. The transmission is developed with Getrag at Volvo's Koping Transmission Center in Sweden, and the AWD system bought from Haldex Traction of Sweden.

The S40 T5 (one of the several variants of the S40) features a 2.5 L (2521 cc) five-cylinder fuel injected engine with a light-pressure turbocharger. The valvetrain has four valves per cylinder and is a DOHC design. The engine is transversely mounted at the front of the vehicle and drives the front wheels, as was with the first generation. Marketing



In early 2004, Volvo started an ad campaign called The Mystery of Dalarö in which 32 residents of the same Swedish town bought the same car on the same day from the same dealer. The advert was produced in a documentary style by director Spike Jonze.

2008 facelift

2008 Volvo S40 (US)

The S40 was refreshed for 2008, offering refined sportiness and increased premium feel. Further improvements include improved audio systems, increased storage space and new safety features like Emergency Brake Lights which flash rapidly during hard braking to alert traffic behind the car. The new S40 also comes with optional Active Bi-Xenon headlights which point the light beam in the direction of the road as it curves (standard in SE Lux models). There is also a camera which can be located on the side mirrors which alerts the drivers of passing vehicles beside the car. The camera is optional on all models. This is given the name BLIS (Blind Spot Information System).

Volvo will release the 2.0 litre diesel Geartronic on the third week of February except in Ireland where it will be released in the last week of May (due to delivery intervals). However the 2.0d in Geartronic is usually only a special order in Europe, it seems, as there is no specifications for 2.0d engines that are Geartronic/Automatic in the manual or catalogues.

The T5 engine got a performance increase of 9 hp (6.7 kW), giving an output of 227 hp (169 kW). The D5 engine has become available with a manual gearbox offering 400 N·m (300 ft·lbf) of torque and an automatic transmission offering 350 N·m (260 ft·lbf) by the second half of 2007.

The next S40 will be based on the next-generation global Ford Focus C1 platform.

Engine specifications

SpecificationS40 1.6S40 1.8S40 2.0S40 2.4S40 2.4iS40 T5S40 T5 AWDS40 1.6DS40 2.0DS40 D5
PowerkW 74 92 107 103 125 169 169 80 100 132
hp 100 125 145 140 170 230 230 109 136 180
rpm 6000 6000 6000 5000 6000 5000 5000 4000 4000 4000
TorqueNm 150 165 185 220 230 320 320 240 320 350
Lb/ft 110 122 136 162 170 236 236 177 236 258
rpm 4000 4000 4500 4000 4400 1500-4800 1500-4800 1750 2000 1750-3250
0–100 km/h, secmanual 11.9 10.9 9.5 8.2 6.8 7.1 12 9.5 7.9
auto 10.6 8.9 7.2 7.5 8.5
Top speed km/h (manual/auto) 185/- 200/- 210/- -/200 220/215 240/235 230/225 190/- 205/- 225/220
Fuel consumption l/100 km manual 9, 5/5, 8/7, 2 10, 1/5, 7/7, 3 10, 2/5, 7/7, 4 - 12, 4/6, 6/8, 5 12, 5/6, 4/8, 7 13, 5/7, 3/9, 6 6, 2/4, 2/4, 9 7, 6/4, 8/5, 8 8, 4/4, 9/6, 2
Fuel consumption l/100 km automatic - - - 13, 2/6, 7/9, 1 13, 2/6, 7/9, 1 13, 7/6, 9/9, 4 15, 1/7, 2/9, 6 - - 9, 7/5, 5/7


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Volvo S60
Facelifted P2 Volvo S60 (US)
Manufacturer Volvo Cars
Parent company Ford Motor Company
Production 2000–present
Assembly Ghent, Belgium
Predecessor Volvo S70
Class Entry-level luxury car / Compact executive car
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / All-wheel drive

The Volvo S60 is a compact executive sedan produced by the Swedish automaker Volvo since the year 2000. An all-new S60 is expected for the 2010 model year.

First generation

The S60 marked a clean break for Volvo from the boxy design that many stereotyped the brand with in 1980s and 90s. Its design by Peter Horbury built upon the styling of the S80 and was the most marked departure from traditional Volvo styling since Horbury joined the firm in 1992. Accordingly, Volvo marketed the car as heralding a “Revolvolution.”

It was built upon Volvo’s P2 platform, which was shared with three other Volvo models: the S80, the V70 and the XC90.

The S60 was refreshed in 2005. The exterior was updated with body-colored side moldings and bumpers, as well as new headlamps. The T5 engine received an increase of 10 bhp.

First generation
2001-2004 Volvo S60 (US)
Production 2000 – present
Platform Volvo P2 platform
Volvo S60
2.4 L 168 hp I5
2.4 L 197 hp I5
2.5 L 208 hp I5
2.3 L 247 hp I5
2.5 L 300 hp I5
Volvo S60 Transmission(s) 5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-Speed automatic
Wheelbase 2001-02: 2,713 mm (106.8 in)
2003-08: 2,715 mm (106.9 in)
Length 2001-05: 4,581 mm (180.4 in)
2006-08: 4,602 mm (181.2 in)
2003-05 R: 4,605 mm (181.3 in)
4,638 mm (182.6 in)
Width 2001-05: 1,813 mm (71.4 in)
2006-08: 1,823 mm (71.8 in)
Height 1,433 mm (56.4 in)
2003-05 R: 1,397 mm (55.0 in)
2006-08 R: 1,436 mm (56.5 in)
Curb weight 1,462–1,552 kg (3,220–3,420 lb)
Fuel capacity 63 L (17 US gal; 14 imp gal)
Related Volvo V70
Volvo S80
Volvo XC90

S60 Police specification (UK & EU)

Police specification models came about through Volvo’s extensive work alongside the users of the vehicles and Police Fleet Management departments. As a result the Police specification vehicles have a striking difference from original showroom model. Firstly the suspension was up-rated to deal the demands of Police work; this included fitting the front suspension of the D5 model variant (as the suspension was designed to deal with the heavier diesel engine). Nivomat self-leveling suspension was also fitted to the rear to ensure correct geometry of the vehicle, regardless of the weight carried. On early models, the clutch was also replaced with the stronger D5 unit.

A larger specification battery and 110A alternator was also fitted to run all the extra equipment, along with a dedicated Police fuse box in the boot. Extra wiring looms are also fitted specially for the Police radios and other equipment, including CCTV cameras. Additional electrical noise suppression has been added so as not to interfere with the sensitive electronics the police use.

The speedometers in the vehicles are calibrated from the factory and do not require recalibration unless the wheel and overall rolling diameters are changed.

305 mm (12.0 in) vented front disc brakes were also fitted alongside special brake pads (and wear indicators) specially designed to cope with high-speed pursuits.

From 2001 - 2004 the 2.3 T5 engine was used and 2005 onwards the 2.4 T5 engine is used. Also beyond common speculation and myths, the engines are not chipped or modified specially for police use, they are complete factory spec but in 'exceptional cases' the speed limiter (250 km/h) may have been removed.

S60 R

2004 Volvo S60R

First introduced in 2003, Volvo's S60 R boasted AWD (Haldex) mated to a 300 hp (220 kW) / 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) engine. 2004-2005 models came with a 6-speed manual transmission, as well as a 5-speed automatic which allowed only 258 lb·ft (350 N·m) torque in 1st and 2nd gears. 2006-2007 models were available with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2006-2007 Automatic Transmission allowed for the full torque of 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) in all gears. Other aspects which drew the R apart from standard S60's were the four piston brakes (BREMBO) front and rear, optional 18" 5 spoke "Pegasus" wheels, blue faced "R" gauges, standard HID headlights, as well as the 4C suspension system. (4C stands for "continuously controlled chassis concept") The 4C feature allowed the user to select from three modes; Comfort, Sport, and Advanced. This tightened the suspension progressively, and also made for a more aggressive throttle response when in "Advanced" mode. This is easily accomplished due to the fact the throttle is drive by wire, meaning the throttle is connected to the accelerator pedal via electronics instead of a traditional cable design. This allows for different throttle maps to be in place, which can be electronically altered to give a different feel when the accelerator is depressed. The S60 R continued the tradition of "R" cars for Volvo beginning in 1995 with the introduction of the 850 T-5 R.

Top Gear reviewed the car in episode 9[1] of series 2. They panned the overly complicated and intrusive traction control system, and it set a slow lap time of 1:35.0. But they also found it to be very comfortable and civilized, and especially recommended the estate version. Jeremy Clarkson noted "More like a miniature version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom than a serious competitor to the BMW M3."


  • 2.0: 103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp) , 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) , petrol
  • 2.0T: 132 kW (179 PS; 177 hp) , 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) , petrol, turbo
  • 2.4; 103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp) , 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) , petrol
  • 2.4i: 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) , 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) , petrol
  • 2.4T: 145 kW (197 PS; 194 hp) , 285 N·m (210 lb·ft) , petrol, turbo (replaced by 2.5T)
  • 2.5T 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp) , 320 N·m (240 lb·ft) , petrol, turbo
  • 2.3 T5: 184 kW (250 PS; 247 hp) , 330 N·m (240 lb·ft) , petrol, turbo (2001 - 2004)
  • 2.4 T5: 191 kW (260 PS; 256 hp) , 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) , petrol, turbo (2005 - present)
  • R: 224 kW (305 PS; 300 hp) , 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) , petrol, turbo
  • D: 93 kW (126 PS; 125 hp) , 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) , diesel, turbo
  • 2.4D: 120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp) , 340 N·m (250 lb·ft) , diesel, turbo
  • D5: 136 kW (185 PS; 182 hp) , 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) , diesel, turbo
  • 2.4 Bi-Fuel CNG: 103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp) , 192 N·m (142 lb·ft) , CNG/petrol
  • 2.4 Bi-Fuel LPG: 103 kW (140 PS; 138 hp) , 192 N·m (142 lb·ft) , LPG/petrol

Second generation

Second generation
Production 2009 –
Platform Volvo P24 platform
Engine(s) 2.5 L I5 LPT
3.2 L I6
I5 turbodiesel

The second generation S60 is scheduled to arrive to show rooms some time during 2009. According to Volvo's senior vice-president & design director, Steve Mattin, the all new S60 is expected in late 2009. This new sedan will show off Volvo's completely new design language already seen in the Volvo XC60 concept. This new sedan will ride on the same platform as the XC60 and expect to see the next generation V50 become the estate variant for this new sedan. The new Volvo S60, V70, and XC60 will all ride on the Volvo P24 platform. Volvo has confirmed that the new S60 will become the true new rival for the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and the BMW 3-series, as Volvo is undergoing new product alignment. The S60 will shrink in size to fit this role more precisely and avoid any confusion with the S80. New features would include the new large Volvo iron symbol, parallel to the grille day running lamps, and larger spaced letters in the brand name on rear. The last of the first generation S60 is set to roll off the factory line in Ghent in December 2008.

In early 2008 the second generation Volvo S60 was sighted on Volvo's test facility and also sighted parked at Volvo Torslanda Plant. The new entry level luxury sedan is expected to carry over the radical new look of Volvo that was warmly received by the public with the new Volvo XC60. The S60 is also reported to have the V50 as its new estate version, as the S40 is speculated to end production at the end of the current product cycle in 2009.


Volvo Cars announced Volvo S60 Concept, which features a four-cylinder 1.6L petrol engine using highly-efficient Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection (GTDi). The car would appear in 2009 Detroit Auto Show, while first production vehicle with GTDi technology will be introduced in 2009.

S60 in motorsport

In 2006, At Speed Motorsports entered an all-wheel-drive S60R in five races of the Speed World Challenge GT class. It was driven by Michael Galati and finished 14th in the overall standings, winning one race (at Mosport). The S60 is the car of the factory Volvo team in the Swedish Touring Car Championship, where it has finished 2nd in the drivers' championship twice and won the manufacturers' title once.

The S60 is featured in the Xbox 360 game Forza Motorsport 2.


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