Monday, June 8, 2009


For the first time in more than 40 years, an open-top Volvo model is revealed, the C70 Convertible. It’s the first drop-top Volvo since the Volvo Sport of the 1950s.

Another new model is the four-wheel drive V70 XC. Four-wheel drive was introduced in Volvo cars the year before and the V70 XC is launched as a tough and sporty car with higher ground clearance and advanced all-wheel drive. The XC concept turns out to be a real winner for Volvo Cars, seeing ever-larger production volumes in later generations. XC stands for Cross Country.

The rear-wheel drive Volvos – of which there are three models – are now in their last generation, with the concept disappearing entirely from the product range the following year.

387,400 Volvo cars are built this year.

ROPS (Rollover Protection System) rolled out for convertible models.

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