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Volvo Sighs As C70 Blows 20 Candles 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Reports, VOLVO, Volvo C70 on 09 30th, 2016

It was September 30, 1996, when Volvo pulled the covers off the C70 during the Paris Auto Show.
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Volvo Trademarks C40 & C60 Names, Are They To Be Used On Upcoming Coupes? 16
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in VOLVO, Volvo C30, Volvo C70, Volvo Concepts, Volvo XC90 on 11 16th, 2015

Automakers register trademarks all the time, but not all of them are eventually used on production models, but some obviously are and they indicate their plans.
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Volvo Trademarks C40 & C60 Names, Are They To Be Used On Upcoming Coupes? 16
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in VOLVO, Volvo C30, Volvo C70, Volvo Concepts, Volvo XC90 on 11 16th, 2015

Automakers register trademarks all the time, but not all of them are eventually used on production models, but some obviously are and they indicate their plans.
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2012 Volvo C70 T5 Polestar Review & Test Drive 3
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, convertible, featured, Hardtop Convertible, Test Drives, VOLVO, Volvo C70 on 08 3rd, 2012


The 2012 C70 T5 Polestar Inscription hardtop convertible model pushes the brand to higher levels of performance and luxury at the touch of a button.  Besides a long list of standard safety systems, this top-of-the-line Inscription model leaves nothing behind when competing against other European, American and Asian performance hardtop convertibles.

The C70 T5 Polestar Inscription model offers the ultimate in sporting reflexes, luxury and weather-tight security of a turbocharged coupe coupled with the wide-open exhilaration and fresh-air freedom of a convertible.  The new Inscription model that I tested is the ultimate expression of Volvo’s hardtop convertible lineup.  This limited production model, only 2,000 units, sets it apart from the standard C70 by increasing horsepower to 250 at 5,500 rpm and 273 lb.ft. of torque at 1,500-3,000 rpm.  Provided by Polestar, a Swedish racing and performance products company that has partnered with Volvo Cars.  The 2.5 liter 5-cylinder, DOHC, continuous variable valve timing with variable intake, alloy engine features Polestar tuning that optimizes engine output in a variety of ways.  More air and fuel are funneled into the combustion chambers and spark timing is advanced, creating the 23 hp and 37 lb.ft. of toque bump up.  Seamless power is routed to the front wheels through a smooth shifting 5-speed Geartronic automatic transmission with sequential shifting.  This Volvo reaches 60mph from a standstill in just 7.4 seconds.

Outside, the C70 Inscription includes a number of head-turning design features.  A unique gloss-black grille slots beautifully between active dual Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights.  Chrome surrounds the headlights and grille, giving the car a truly distinctive face.  Stunning 18X8 inch black ‘Midir’ wheels incorporate polished rims and spokes.  These unique wheels are wrapped with 235/40VR18 inch high-performance all-season radial tires for a smooth, quiet ride with excellent grip.  The silhouette features steeply racked windshield pillars and deep side extensions to lower the center of gravity.  The wide dual exhaust pipes warn drivers that they are behind a high-performance machine.

Beautiful Scandinavian design has been a hallmark of the C70’s interior since it was launched in 2006.  The C70 Inscription follows this tradition while adding a host of luxurious appointments.  Driver and passengers will immediately notice the gorgeous Sovereign Hide upholstery.  Volvo’s legendary seats are now more comfortable than ever.  The dashboard is covered in leather and features contrasting stitching.  Unique Inscription floor mats, handbrake lever, sport steering wheel with aluminum inserts, aluminum sport foot pedals, leather covered center armrest with accent stitching and Inscription embroidered front headrests further distinguish the C70 Inscription from the C70.  My test C70 also came with the Premier and Premier Plus options that included keyless drive, rear park assist, Homelink, compass, heated front seats, humidity sensor, rain sensing wipers, and an interior air quality system.  All C70 Volvo’s come standard with a High Performance Audio System featuring 4X40-watt amplifier with 8-speakers, in-dash single CD with WMA & MP3 capability, HD radio and USB and AUX inputs, illuminated steering wheel controls, SIRIUS satellite radio, power windows/door locks, a one-touch power retractable hardtop that takes just 25 seconds to raise or lower, aluminum inlays and an ultra-slim center control panel, driver & front passenger 8-way power seats with 3-person memory, seatback pockets, leather-wrapped/tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, trip computer, cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth hands free telephone interface, heated/power remote outside mirrors, covered storage in all four seats, rear center pass-thru, dual cupholders up front and in the rear, dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors and thick cut-pile carpeting.  This loaded Volvo C70 can compete with any other hardtop convertible and the base price is just $40,450.00 and $47,775.00 including destination charges, for the totally loaded model that I tested.

That is a long list of standard equipment but under the skin the C70 also shines. The fully independent suspension features sport-tuned MacPherson struts, coil springs over gas-charged shocks, and a 23mm stabilizer up front, with a multi-link setup in the rear featuring sport-tuned coil springs, gas-charged shocks and a 22mm stabilizer bar.  In the engine bay is a hidden strut bar that enhances rigidity for excellent handling.  I noticed very little understeer or oversteer during my seven-day test drive plus no ‘cowl-shake’ when traveling over poorly paved roads.

You guide the C70 through its paces utilizing Volvo’s power-assisted rack & pinion steering system that gives you an excellent feel for the road with razor sharp response to your inputs.

The braking power and control are also excellent with power-assisted steel disc brakes all-around.  Up front are 12.6 inch vented discs clamped with dual piston calipers, while 11 inch solid discs are clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Standard braking features include ABS, EBD and Electronic Brake Assistance.  Also working in conjunction with these systems is the Dynamic Stability Traction Control system to keep you on track.  Volvo claims that this 3,837 lb. car can stop from 60 mph to 0 in just 123 ft.  They also claim a top speed of 149 mph.

Known throughout the industry for its leadership in safety systems, the new C70 model that I tested came standard with four-3-point safety belts with pretensioners technology and force limiters, unibody high strength steel passenger safety cage, rollover protection (ROPS), extra high-strength steel, hydro-formed A-pillars, inflatable curtain side impact head protection, driver and front passenger side impact protection dual chamber side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger dual stage airbags, Volvo Whiplash protection system in driver and front passenger seats with 4-padded head restraints, LATCH system for child seats, safe approach & home safe perimeter lighting system, security system with separate battery for siren, anti-theft system immobilizer, tire pressure monitor and automatic hazard warning system.

The new 2012 Volvo C70 T5 Polestar Inscription has it all to satisfy and consumer looking to drive a true performance coupe with an automatic retractable top, the latest luxury and convenience features including Volvo’s legendary safety systems that are unmatched in the segment.

2012 Volvo C70 T5 Polestar Beauty Right LA Done Small
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2012 Volvo C70 T5 Polestar Engine Done Small

Copyright: 2012 Harvey Schwartz


  • Price: Base C70 T5 $40,450.00 As-Tested C70 T5 $47,775.00 including destination charges
  • Engine: 2.5 liter Turbocharged 5-cylinder DOHC 250 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm / 273 lb.ft. torque @ 1,500-3,000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 103.9in.
  • Total length: 181.7in.
  • Total width: 72.3in.
  • Total height: 55.1in.
  • Track: f/r-61/61.4in.
  • Fuel tank: 15.9 gallons
  • Towing: 2,000 lbs.
  • Headroom: f/r-38.2/36.4in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.3/33.9in.
  • Turning circle: 38.7 ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 7.4 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 18mpg/city, 28mpg/highway

2011 Volvo C70 Review & Test Drive 5
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, Test Drives, VOLVO, Volvo C70 on 08 5th, 2010

In terms of automotive evolution, the Volvo brand has always been at the forefront of passenger vehicle safety that other manufacturers naturally followed after. Now days somewhat due to government and EPA regulations, many other vehicles are just as safe as Volvo vehicles. Aside from safety, Volvo still builds a likeable car that is much more stylish than it used to be and appeals to many consumers which is evident in the new 2011 Volvo C70.

Just recently, we spent a good amount of time in a new 2011 Volvo C70, which comes only as a hard-top convertible. For 2011 the C70 has a facelift giving it an exotic appeal that flows well with the rest of the curvaceous sheet metal. Over-all, the 2011 C70 is a good looking car that somewhat stands out from the crowd especially with the top down.

Hard top convertibles are almost in a class of their own. Many have been criticized over the years for their operation of the top whether it is clumsy at times or just down-right slow. The C70 is, for the most part, none of these. The top opens and closes smoothly with a dashboard message indicator which indicates if the top is fully closed or open. One of my two gripes about the top would be when it is in the up position it tends to have a thumping rattle while going over bumps in the road. The other complaint would be the lack of trunk space available with the top down but that is a given in any vehicle with a convertible top.

I must say, the Volvo C70 is one of the better-looking convertibles in the compact car segment. When the top is up you can hardly tell that it is a convertible and can easily be mistaken for a regular coupe.

In the performance area the Volvo C70 can hold its own. Every C70 has a turbocharged inline 5-cylinder that produces 227 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 236 foot pounds of torque at a very low 1500 rpm. Volvo is well known for their turbocharged powerplants, which is something some other manufacturers are starting to explore again. The suspension is somewhat soft for the C70’s size although very manageable in the turns with the typical expected amount of understeer from a front-wheel drive setup.

The optional 18-inch wheels are a very nice looking addition to the C70 which are wrapped in Pirelli P6 all-season tires that provide a quiet ride on the highway. The rear is unmistakable ‘Volvo’ with the newly designed LED taillights (with rear-facing fog lights) blending well into the trunk and motorized folding top cover. For the rest of the C70’ lighting, our vehicle had standard side blinkers on the rearview mirrors, front fog lights, and optional Xenon (HID) headlights with active bending. The Xenon headlights are part of a Dynamic package which also adds a sports steering wheel with an annoying aluminum inlay. The annoying part is in 100-degree weather in Florida, aluminum is not too nice to human skin.

Our test vehicle was also optioned out with multimedia package that includes a nice Dynaudio sound system with 12 speakers. Part of those 12 speakers was 2 8-inch subwoofers that presented us with the most bass found in a compact car direct from the factory. Letting the top down changes the audio profile due to the decrease in trunk space. Otherwise the sound system is excellent. One other option included in the multimedia package was the navigation system. This navigation system was one major downfall to the C70, one that we would live without. I have several issues with the navigation system such as the controls, which are non-existent. That’s right, you cannot control the nav on the car but instead you are provided with a 6-button IR remote control. The fold-down nav LCD screen is mounted in the center of the dash near the windshield. Not sure if the idea for using a remote would be a “safer” option for Volvo but I would recommend leaving the navigation option off of your buyers list for the C70.

The downward flowing button controls for audio, phone (Bluetooth) and climate control inside of the C70 take a while to get used to. On the driver’s side everything is laid out well from the instrument cluster to the steering wheel mounted buttons. Our test vehicle was equipped with Cranberry leather seats that looked great with the top down. The front seats are comfy but could use a little extra side bolstering support.

The C70 can easily seat 4 adults but back seat passengers 6 feet or over may want to reconsider. For a convertible the C70 has a decent amount of room but don’t expect luxury accommodations when taking a long trip with more than 2 people. Speaking of long trips, the C70 gets great gas mileage receiving an EPA estimate of 19mpg city and 28 highway. During our highway drive we were able to get a decent 26.6mpg while in the city we observed 18mpg in heavy stop and go traffic. Even though the a/c was working hard in our hot weather road trips, the compressor tends to shut off under moderate to heavy acceleration more than we would like.

The 2011 Volvo C70 is a nice all-round hard-top convertible package, sans the navigation system. Considering Volvo’s track record for building some of the safest cars on the road, the C70 is probably your “safest” bet for a hard-top convertible. The C70 has great looks, is a joy to drive, and has a hard drop-top. Other convertible vehicles in the C70’s segment may be more performance oriented but it comes at a slightly higher price point than our C70, which has an as-tested price of $45,850. Nevertheless, the C70 looks good from all angles and has a base price of $39,950 which makes it a worthy contender in the market for hard-top convertible compacts.

Copyright: 2010 AutomotiveAddicts.com


Price: Base $39,950 As-Tested $45,850
Type: Compact (hard-top) Convertible
Where Built: Sweden
EPA Class: Subcompact Cars


Length: 181.7 in.
Width: 72.3 in.
Height: 55.1 in.
Wheel Base: 103.9 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.5 in.
Curb Weight: 3837 lbs.

Front Head Room: 38.2 in.
Front Hip Room: 53.1 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 53.6 in.
Rear Head Room: 36.4 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 47 in.
Rear Hip Room: 41.5 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.3 in.
Rear Leg Room: 33.9 in.
Luggage Capacity: 12.8 cu. ft.
Maximum Cargo Capacity: 13 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Number of Cylinders: 5
Engine Size: 2.5 liters
Engine Type: Inline 5
Horsepower: 227 hp
Max Horsepower: 5000 rpm
Torque: 236 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 1500 rpm
Maximum Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs.
Drive Type: FWD
Turning Circle: 38.7 ft.
0-60mph: 7.3 seconds

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Automatic: 19 mpg / 28 mpg / mpg
Range in Miles:
Automatic: 302.1 mi. / 445.2 mi. / mi.