Upon reading his obituary in the New York Journal, Mark Twain is said to have countered with the now-famous phrase, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
The same can be said about Volvo’s aging power-retractable-hard-top convertible, the C70. When Volvo announced the closing of the C70’s manufacturing plant in Uddevalla, Sweden, and followed up with a commemorative C70 Inscription model for 2012, we believed it would be the final year for the car.
Not so, and like Mark Twain at the time of his first obituary, the Volvo C70
isn’t dead yet. Returning for 2013, the C70 offers buyers a personal luxury coupe that happens to double as a convertible, chock full of Volvo’s expected amenities and safety features.
With the top in place, the C70 feels nearly as tight as a conventional coupe, which is a big plus for buyers living in states that get four seasons worth of weather. Top down, the car pulls off an contemporary-but-elegant look,...