Volvo Releases 2008 C70, Pricing

By: Zeke Gervis

For 2008, Volvo reinvents its hardtop convertible C70 with more horsepower, technology and some fine detailing.

Under the hood of the 2008 C70 is a nine-horsepower bump. The turbocharged 2.5-liter in-line five now has 227 horsepower from 218 hp on the previous version. For the front driver, the customers can choose between a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic gearbox.

The C70's folding hardtop mechanism is new for the model year. And instead of the aluminum trim of the first model year, the 2008 model uses Laminated Oak wood trim has been added to the center control panel, console and door handle surrounds. On the steering wheel are leather trim and the gearshift knob. For a more durable arrangement, the handbrake has been improved. Aside from this, the clock has moved - it is now seen on the information screen.

For better performance, handling and safety, Volvo also placed a standard tire-pressure monitoring system as well as improved air vents. On the hardtop convertible button, a brighter finish is definitely observable. Moreover, the Volvo "iron mark" has been added to the remote key fob - another distinctive feature from the car maker.

As to the paint colors, Ice White paint is now offered for the latest model, alongside Pearl White. The car also now comes with a premium Sovereign Hide leather trim.

To those who want to grab a 2008 car from this Swedish supplier, you can now budget the total cost as Volvo released pricing on many of its 2008 models.

The C30 and the new T6 turbo engine in the S80 sedan are introduced for the said year. For the T5 "Version 1.0.", the C30's pricing will start at $22,700 while the "Version 2.0" has an MSRP of $25,700, both having a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that yields 227 horsepower. Since the new T6 turbo in the S80 sedan is the major change for 2008, it definitely gets the major change on the engine. The T6 AWD model, whose price starts at $42,045, comes with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that yields 285 hp. For the 3.2 front-wheel-drive version, prices remain at $38,705. But the price for the all-wheel-drive S80 with V8 engine increases almost $2,000 from $47,350 to $49,210.

From $39,090 this year, the C70 for 2008 now costs $39,240.

The prices of the aforementioned cars exclude the freight cost of $745.

Major reinventions plus a 9-hp increase to 227 hp are seen on the S40 and V50 wagon whose prices for 2008 begin at $24,365 for the S40 and $26,815 for the V50. As to the top AWD T5 versions of the two models, they are priced respectively at $30,365 and $31,565. The current V50 models have the price range of $26,690 to $30,190.

According to Volvo, their company will release next year the pricing for the 2008 V70 and XC70.

About Volvo

Based in Sweden, Volvo Group is a supplier of commercial transport solutions. They produce products such as trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications and aerospace components and provide financial services. Maker of quality , Volvo was then an auto manufacturer that was founded on April 14, 1927 in the city of Gothenburg.

In Latin, Volvo means "i roll" combined from "volvere". In May 1911, the name Volvo was originally registered as a separate company within SKF AB and as a registered trademark along with the intention to be used for a special series of ball bearing. However, this idea was only used for a short period of time because the SKF decided to use "SKF" as the trademark for its entire bearing products.

In August 10, 1926, SKF Sales Manager Assar Gabrielsson and Engineer Gustav Larson set up the car-manufacturing business Volvo AB within SKF group. So in 1935, Volvo AB was introduced at the Stockholm stock exchange and SKF then decided to sell its shares in the company.

Volvo ÖV 4, the first series produced Volvo automobile, left the factory on April 14, 1927. In effect, this became the official date of Volvo's foundation.

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