Volvo may build fewer C70 convertibles in order to meet demand for C70 coupes. This could mean delays in the proposed introduction of the convertble next year in Europe.
'The convertible takes 20 to 30 percent more time to build,' said Volvo spokesman Ulf Thorne. 'We may have to choose between a greater volume of the coupe or not, at this stage. It's a question of taking the right priority.'
Volvo has made only 6,000 C70s this year so far at its joint-venture plant in Uddevalla, Sweden, making it unlikely that it can reach the goal of 16,000 cars for the year.
Although the build rate is above 60 a day now, less than 100 days of production remain, and the plant capacity is 96 daily.
The coupe has been introduced in all Volvo markets, but the convertible is on sale only in North America.
Original plans called for 10 percent of C70 output to be convertibles, but Thorne said Volvo was more concerned with quality than with numbers.
Customers will understand any delay in convertible production, he said. 'Many cars in this segment have a waiting list.'
Meanwhile, orders for the new S80 are arriving faster than expected, said Thorne. Some 1,600 individual Swedes have bought the car sight unseen, and dealer orders are running ahead of expectations.