Retractable-hardtop coupes are nothing new; they've been part of the automotive landscape for over 80 years. But only recently have engineers created a practical model that is both affordable and safe. Once such example can be found on the
2013 Volvo C70convertible, a sleek
coupe that looks even sleeker with its top neatly hidden away. In addition to its compelling style, the C70 also touts a number of safety features you won't find on more conventional soft-tops, including side-airbag curtains designed to protect occupants even when the windows are down. The C70 also had a usable rear seat where two adults can sit without contorting themselves into position. Try that in an
Audi A5 Cabriolet or
Lexus IS 250C.
Changes to the 2012 Volvo C70 include standard Bluetooth with audio streaming capability, available LED daytime running lights, and a new smartphone application featuring concierge, maintenance and emergency services.
Changes for the
2011 Volvo C70 are mostly cosmetic. There is a revised front end with a new grille, nose, headlamps and front fenders. Inside a new dashboard and instrument cluster join a more feature-rich standard-equipment list.