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Volvo C70

Makes it easier to go with the flow of life and wind!

The all-new Volvo C70 is a full four-seater convertible with retractable hard top. It is unique in many ways - transforming from a convertible to a beautiful coupé in less than 30 seconds. And loaded with comfort and convenience, plus performance and safety features.

Touch the console-mounted button that drops the top: all four windows drop a few millimetres and the boot flips back on rear hinges, even as the hard tonneau cover swings out from under the boot lid.

The three-part top begins its journey into the cargo hold: the top separates from the windscreen header as the lid's three sections separate and the whole shebang begins to fold back.

While this is happening, the rear glass section moves slightly forward while the middle and forward roof sections move back to meet it. Then they stack themselves. Everything drops into the boot, which closes over it all.

Behind the steering wheel of the Volvo C70, the driver discovers that every little detail has been planned and designed with him in mind - the choice of material, the placement of equipment and technical support, the touch of the leather wheel and the stylish dashboard.

It offers exclusive interior options to go with one's personality. All the leather and fabric upholstery are approved by Oeko-Tex, meaning that they are tested for certain allergy-inducing and harmful substances.

The Volvo C70 offers a smooth, five-cylinder turbocharged engine with stunning performance, low fuel consumption and reduced environmental impact. Transmission is through a short-throw five-speed gearbox.

The driving environment is defined by the elegant sweep of metal that forms the centre console and gear lever surround. Rear passengers have ample space and comfort. Seats are plush and stowage is provided by side pockets and a binnacle running from front to rear.

The Volvo C70 has set the benchmark for convertible safety covering both preventive and protective aspects. The company's human-centered safety approach has resulted in a number of safety systems being standard in the C70.

These include the unique 'Door-Mounted Inflatable Curtain' for side impact protection, the use of multiple grades of steel for frontal and rear collisions, and Volvo's 'Roll Over Protection System' (ROPS) and 'Dynamic Stability Traction Control'.

In addition, the C70 customer can choose 'Blind Spot Indication System' (BLIS) and 'Intelligent Driver Information System' (IDIS). The Volvo C70 earned the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award for superior crash protection in the first tests the IIHS has ever conducted of 10 mid-size convertible models.

To get this rating a vehicle has to score "Good" in all three of the institute's crash tests; frontal offset, side and rear (seat assessment for whiplash). An Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system as standard is also required.

For convertibles the IIHS have also added that the vehicle must be equipped with roll bars like the Volvo C70's 'Roll-over Protection System' (ROPS) to get the Top Safety Pick.

"The very high safety level of the new C70 is a result of our continuous development based on our extensive real world traffic research," Ingrid Skogsmo, head of the Safety Centre at Volvo Cars, said.

"Select crash tests used to assess safety in these kinds of surveys can only take one or few aspects of a vehicle's overall safety level into account. Still they give you an indication of the safety level."

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