The new Volvo C70 will be launched at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2009, which will start the 15th of September. This convertible will hit the market in early 2010.

The Volvo C70 from 2006 was the first four-seater convertible with a retractable hard top, so the designers and engineers have enough experience to make this new convertible better.

"We have carefully redesigned the front and rear of the car so they harmonise more with the larger Volvo models. We have also increased the exclusiveness of the interior materials and trim details to enhance the feeling of luxury," explains Fedde Talsma, Exterior Chief Designer of Volvo Cars.

The car will be available with four engines, two diesel powered and two petrol.

The well known 2.4 turbo diesel with 180ps and 400N/m of torque, which does the incredible 42.8mpg and only 174 g/km CO2. There is also smaller 2.0 liter turbo diesel, which delivers 136ps and 320N/m of torque with less fuel consumption - 47.1mpg and less emissions - 158 g/km CO2.

The petrol engines are the 2.5 liter T5 with 230ps and 320N/m of torque. This monster manages to do 31.7mpg. The less powerful is the 2.4i with 170ps and 230N/m of torque. This engine has worse mpg rate and worse emissions than the T5.

When people talk about safety, they mean Volvo. That's why the engineers took extra care about the passengers safety. The Volvo C70 features sturdy metal roll bars that extend up behind the rear seat passengers to create added protective space should the car roll over. These bars, which are part of Volvo's Rollover Protection System – ROPS – are activated by a gyro-sensor. One important part of the side-impact and rollover protection is the inflatable curtain, IC, which is installed in the doors as there is no roof rail to fit it to.In addition to the inflatable curtains on either side, the front seat occupants also have side-impact airbags. The size of these bags is dimensioned to protect both the chest and hips.