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Geneva, Switzerland -- Valmet Automotive presents its newest concept car, The Valmet Coupé Convertible, at the Geneva Motor Show 5th - 17th March, 2002. This concept car embodies convertibles with retractable hard top, which have awoken more and more interest among the customers.<P>The idea of this concept was to create a convertible, which offers<BR>superb coupé-like styling when the roof is up. The innovative roof folding method offers the rear seat passengers excellent space utilisation. The Coupé Convertible is full 4-seater with spacious luggage compartment whether the roof is up or down. Furthermore, the new roof concept can be applied to cars with short rear overhang, such as hatchbacks and compact cars.<P>The Valmet Coupé Convertible is developed and manufactured in the Technical Centre of Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki. The concept car is again based on the Volvo C70 Convertible, which gave a good basis for further development of the ideas. The Coupé Convertible is the third and newest retractable hard top concept created by Valmet Automotive.<P>This concept is a unique car representing the specialty vehicle<BR>know-how of Valmet Automotive. The purpose is not to launch this car into production, although the concept solutions have been made series production in mind. The concept car embodies technical innovations and space solutions, which can be utilised in the future specialty vehicle projects.<P>Valmet Automotive is a specialty car manufacturer in Finland. Today we produce Porsche Boxster, Saab 9-3 Convertible and Saab 9-3 Viggen, totalling 42,000 cars in 2001. Our facilities in Uusikaupunki consist of a body shop, paint shop, final assembly and a product design and development centre. The number of personnel is 1,600. Valmet Automotive is today owned by Metso Corporation (90%) and ThyssenKrupp Automotive AG (10%), one of the top 20 automotive systems suppliers in the world.
 

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Kai, I'll be making my site update at 2AM, in about 4 hours, to adhere to Volvo's embargo on their own pics. It'll all be up on the site by morning.<P>The car looks cool, as it has 19" Thor wheels. For now, you can check it out at <A HREF="http://www.valmet-automotive.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.valmet-automotive.com</A> .
 

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Looks pretty interesting, but is it almost the same thing as the Hatric C70 Roadster you posted before? Man..you have some good insider news there~
 

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The design looks similar, but different around the tail section. Note the way it hinges differently.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/cars/00_c70c/hatric_c70/large/01.jpg"> <BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/cars/00_c70c/valmet_1/large/01.jpg"> <BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/cars/00_c70c/hatric_c70/large/02.jpg"> <BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/cars/00_c70c/valmet_1/large/02.jpg"> <P>Valmet doesn't currently build the C70, they build the Saab 9-3 Convertible and Porsche Boxster. It would appear to me as if they are trying to court Volvo.<P>Many rumors point to the C50 having some sort of folding hard top. If that's the case, Valmet and Karmann have both pitched their wares to the auto industry, and Valmet in particular to Volvo.
 

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Too bad they aren't building it. Far as I know, there's no car with a collapsible rear roof that seats 4.<P>I guess the C70 is getting a little too long in the tooth to do it, but it's cool.
 

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BTW, what kinda color is that Valmet C70?? Doesn't really look like anything I've seen.<P>Yeah, these two cars do have very similar features, but the fine details are what set them apart. <P>Hehehe..but still don't like the way they look, though. Don't know...ever like the convertible version all that much. Reminds me of a cheap Chrysler conv.
 
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