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First Drive: 2011 Volvo C70 T5


Famed philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it." And what better way to stop and smell the roses than in a convertible? Volvo's VOLVO C70 makes it very easy to drop the top -- push a button, wait 30-40 seconds, and bathe in the sunshine. It's a lot easier than with traditional soft tops: no levers, no latches, no hooks. Heck, you don't even have to stretch your arms if you don't want to. It's leisure at its best.

 This is not a sports car. It's a comfortable, relaxed cruiser, one of many power retractable hardtops that came out in the mid- to late-2000s. Volkswagen has the Eos, Bmw has the 3 Series and Z4, Mercedes Benz has a few different models, there's one from Mazda (the Miata), and briefly, pre-Fiat Chrysler had two, the Sebring and the Crossfire. The previous VOLVO C70 was sold as a coupe or a cloth-top convertible, and this change back in 2008 gave buyers the best of both worlds. The sleek, new two-door had the security (who's going to cut a metal top?) and fluid lines of a hardtop coupe, at the cost of a little added weight and the loss of some trunk space. And when it comes to styling, having a cloth top as part of the setup can be very limiting.

 Since the VOLVO C70 was introduced, not a lot has changed with the car itself. But Volvo has. The company has made dramatic improvements to its model lineup, adding the XC60, a crossover that is genuinely fun to drive, and, more recently, the fantastic VOLVO S60 sedan. Every successive product reflects tremendous improvements inside and out, and, not surprisingly, the VOLVO S60 and VOLVO XC60 quickly became Volvo's first and second best-sellers in the U.S.

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