Volvo has already announced the end of production for its C70 hardtop convertible, a handsome but seriously dated offering that was last refreshed in 2010. Volvo won't be abandoning the two-door coupe-convertible market for long, though, as news out of Australia claims that a replacement, based on the striking Concept Coupe, will join the Chinese-owned, Swedish brand's ranks, although it's unclear precisely when we'll see it on the road.

"Eventually yes... as soon as possible," Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo's CEO, told the Drive, before adding, "when we are ready."

"The Coupe Concept car, we can put that into production and it will have an exposure on the brand. But at the end it's the cream on the cake and at the end you need the cake first before you put the cream on it," said Volvo's Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management, Lex Kerssemakers.

Of course, he's referring to the rest of the Volvo range, which aside from the S60 are all getting a bit long in the tooth, a fact confirmed by Sameulsson. "We have new four-cylinder engines, we have new top hats on our XC90, our crown jewel which we need to replace and then we need to roll out replacement for S80, V70, S60, V60, XC60, so we have a lot on our plate for a relatively small company," said the CEO.

While this might come as a blow to the fans of the C70, the fact that Volvo quite clearly has its priorities in order is a positive sign, and one we hope does end up culminating in a production version of the Coupe Concept.

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      sooner or later volvo...
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like Volvos but man they could have done better with this car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That concept coupe was sharp! If that was in a convertable and marketed upstream but still held along the price line of say what the Saab 9-3 was, the $42-$47k range, I think they will have a winner no their hands. I still like the current convertable offering but it is time for a change.
      Michelle Blackwell
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a current C70 driver (mine is almost exactly like the one pictured except with the light beige interior), I love it. I do have some quality of life quibbles, but the car is solid and, with the Polestar upgrade, very nimble on the road. I don't know if I will hold on to it until the next version comes out, but when it does I will certainly give it strong consideration.
        Michelle Blackwell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michelle Blackwell
        Actually, on the off chance Volvo people actually read this here are my gripes 1. One touch up/down for the roof. Holding the button for 30 seconds while the roof is stored is ridiculous. Make it a 5 second press to start then no hold required. 2. Windows auto up at the end of the convertible cycle. Windows auto down when the top goes down, windows auto up when the top goes up, or make it user selectable. 3. Must be completely still to lower the roof. Which means that when I'm at a light I can't inch forward in traffic and put my top down at the same time. Let us put the top down if we're going less than 10mph. 4. Top cannot be put down remotely. Put a button on the remote or use a series of three presses on unlock to put the top down, or three presses on lock to put the top up. 5. Vented seats. Even the white seats get very warm in the summer, a little venting through them would go a long way.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had an 1999 C70 orange. Those were the days. They never cared for the followed generation. The rear end was awfully designed.
      • 1 Year Ago
      C70--a beautiful car. Not interested in convertibles, myself. But when I see one of these on the road, it's a nice sight. Looking forward to the next generation of Volvos. I won't be buying one, as I just bought a new S60 and Volvos have a pesky habit of lasting for many, many years.
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