Volvo unveils C70, India launch to be decided after expo

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New Delhi, Jan 9 (UNI) Volvo Car India today unveiled its all new C70 at the ninth Auto expo here, which it aims to roll out in India once it gauges consumer response and enthusiasm.

''We want to see the appetite and enthusiasm for the vehicle and by showcasing it in the expo, we can do just that,'' said Volvo car India MD Paul de Voijs.

The car is yet to decide on a launch date for India, but MR Voijs said a call can be expected in this regard soon after the expo.

On the pricing of the car he said, ''If you compare the prices of C70 in other markets and add up the import duties it will be somewhere between Rs 42-44 lakh.'' Speaking at the expo, Volvo Car Corporation Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service Gerry Keaney, said, ''Volvo is an iconic brand with a passion for enjoying life as well as preserving life. Our commitment is to deliver cars built on our three core values- Safety, quality, environmental care coupled with modern Scandinavian design for our passengers, drivers and for everyone.'' The Volvo C70 is the second-generation convertible of C70 from Volvo Cars. A three-piece retractable hardtop transforms the Volvo C70 from coupe to convertible at the touch of a button.

''It's the first time that Volvo is taking part in Auto Expo in India. We are glad that it is scheduled to happen this year, immediately after the launch of Volvo Cars in India. With the C70 we want to showcase a fantastic exciting product which may find its way to India,'' Mr Keaney added.

Volvo Car India has already booked around 100 cars (a nearly equal ratio between S80 and XC90) since its launch in September 2007. It has also announced plans to expand the current dealership base by additional 7-9 dealers over the year 2008.

The expansion in dealerships will target cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Pune, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Kolkata.

It's existing dealerships; one each in Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh will be operational from February 2008.

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