Volvo has announced that it will cease production at the company's joint-venture plant with Pininfarina Sverige in Uddevalla, Sweden, according to Ward's Auto. That means manufacturing of the C70 convertible is without a home.

As of right now, Volvo isn't saying where, if anywhere, production of the C70 will head next. In the meantime, the 600 workers currently employed at the Uddevalla plant are being offered positions elsewhere in the company. If the C70 doesn't find a new production home, it will join models like the S40 and V50 as another discontinued Volvo for 2012.

So why shut down the plant? According to Volvo, it all boils down to economics. The automaker says that under its current configuration, the facility is only operating at 65 percent capacity, and at its current volume levels, it simply doesn't make financial sense to keep the lights on at a plant that only produces one vehicle.

Volvo and Pininfarina have jointly produced vehicles at the Uddevalla plant since 2005, but agreed to bring the relationship to a close in March of this year. At the termination of the joint venture, Volvo gained sole possession of the plant.


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      mojonaut
      • 3 Years Ago
      The way this article is worded is slightly misleading. The S40/V50 variants have only been discontinued in the United States. In Europe, they are by far and away the biggest selling models. I'm sure, come 2012, we'll be looking at a new S40 since the current one is a bit long in the tooth, but that doesn't mean it'll be discontinued altogether. And since the C70, for the current generation, is based off the S40/Focus/Mazda3 platform, it makes sense to face the cull as the new non-Ford-derived platform comes into being. For Volvo to kill the S40 in Europe would be tantamount to corporate suicide.
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      Turbo_S60
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is is in major need of an overhaul anyways. Converge chassis and drivetrain with new S60 and build in same plant. A 325hp AWD convertible? YES PLEASE!