Never quite capable of keeping its sales in pace with its German rivals, the Volvo C70 doesn't appear long for this world. The joint venture with Pininfarina that produced the C70 is shutting down and we've yet to receive any word on a potential new production site. So what we could be looking at here is the hardtop convertible's swan song.

Called the Inscription edition, this special C70 is set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. It's distinguished by such special features as a painted grille, polished black 18-inch wheels and an interior decked out in special leather trim and aluminum accents. We think it looks rather fetching.

Available with either a turbocharged five or a pair of diesels (in other markets), the Inscription edition can be had in black, black metallic or white. Have a closer look in the high-res image gallery and the press release after the jump.
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Volvo Car Corporation presents C70 Inscription - unique look for convertible connoisseurs

The Volvo C70 convertible reappears in the sunlight in a new Inscription version with a number of unique and desirable features.

The Inscription blends distinctive exterior details such as the painted grille and black 18-inch wheels with exclusive interior features, including Sovereign Hide upholstery and a leather-covered dashboard.

"The C70 is a true icon in our model range. The Inscription is based on our human-centric Designed Around You philosophy, offering those who love convertibles and coupes a beautifully detailed version with a lot of kerb appeal," says Doug Speck, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at the Volvo Car Corporation.

The Inscription can be combined with all the engine options available for the Volvo C70: the turbocharged five-cylinder petrol-powered T5 (230 hp/320 Nm) and the two five-cylinder turbodiesels - the D4 (177 hp/400 Nm) and D3 (150 hp/350 Nm).

The Inscription comes in three colours: Black Stone (Solid), Black Sapphire (Metallic) and Ice White (Solid).

The stunning 18-inch wheels enhance the exclusive look of the sleek convertible. This expressive version of the "Midir" rim comes in black with polished spokes and outer perimeter.

Up front, the high-gloss paint on the grille and the LED Daytime Running Lights, both surrounded by contrasting chrome, give the C70 Inscription a distinctive "face".

Exclusive interior echoes the exterior
The interior also features a distinctive new look that echoes the unique exterior, including:
- An exclusive leather-covered dashboard with contrasting stitching
- Sovereign Hide upholstery in Off Black or Calcite with the same contrasting stitching as on dashboard, handbrake lever and carpets
- "Inscription" embroidered on the front headrests
- Special Inscription carpets and handbrake lever
- Steering wheel and gear shift knob with aluminium inlays
- Sports pedals with aluminium inlay
- Aluminium inlay in the iconic ultra-slim centre stack is standard, Black or Nordic Light Oak as an option

The Volvo C70 Inscription will be shown for the first time at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show that will start November 16th. Sales will also start November 2011.

The C70 Inscription is available worldwide with local adaptations. Production volume is limited to 2,000 units a year.

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        There are Volvo fanboys? Really? Though I know some teenage girls and Twilight moms probably want a ride in Edwards Volvo hatchback......
        Russell Ford
        • 3 Years Ago
        As much as I'd like to disagree with you...You're absolutely correct.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Loved my 5spd volvo. Wish they still made Manuals for their high end cars. (s60 manual would be fantastic).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice car, but it's always been WAY overpriced. Probably a decent used car deal, like a lot of Volvos.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Test drove one this weekend. We like the exterior styling and features on paper. But, to sell in the current market, they really should update the dash and get the Volvo Sensus system in there and make the 3.2 6 cyl or even T6 available. This car's tech lacks 5-10 years behind some other vehicles, including some other Volvos. And, despite the dealer's talk about pickup & go with the T5, low end torque at whatever rpm, ... it felt and sounded like a 4 cyl that wasn't quite up to it. We weren't expecting (nor looking for) a roadster, but it didn't feel like it had >200hp. Time for some updates & upgrades, Volvo.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      This was a competitor to the Audi A4 convertible (now supplanted by the much better A5). As such it was competitive. The hardtop roof was well-designed (they all take up more room than a soft top). It needs updating now. Meanwhile, making AWD an option and offering an optional 3.0 liter in it wouldn't hurt sales.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Had the special displeasure of being "upgraded" to this Volvo during a recent trip to L.A. If this was supposed to compete with Audi and BMW . . . . what a joke!. During my two weeks in this car I enjoyed and high revving, unrefined and noisy powerplant mated to a front drive system that provided a hellacious amount of torque steer. A terrible drivers car. The trunk is practically unusable with the top down and any time you wanted to get something out of the trunk you had to put the top up. I own two convertibles and was amazed and how poorly thought out this Volvo was. The cabin was awash in hard plastic and fairly inexpensive looking materials with the exception of the seats, which in the Volvo tradition were super comfortable and supportive. If this is the end of the road for this model it's no surprise. Why bother with an update? Just let it die and spend the development and production money elsewhere. As a Volvo owner (V70 T5 wagon) this vehicle is an embarrassment to the brand.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The C70 built on a S40 has always been the issue...The car is simply just to small..Even though the Audi only has a soft top the car is roomier..If only Audi made a hardtop convertible she would be a real car to beat as for convertibles... Build the C70 on an S60 and see how she sells....I had to upgrade to the S80 because the S60 as a "Family" car for 4with two teenage boys is too just small...The S60 on a hardtop convertible would probably make me a two Volvo car family...