Volvo has announced the availability of a Special Edition C70 hardtop convertible exclusive to the Canadian market, just in time for the spring buying season – the traditional sweet-spot for drop-top sales.
In addition to these no-charge options, exclusive colour combinations will include Ice White, Electric Silver and Ember Black with interiors in Graphite Sovereign Hide, Cacao Sovereign Hide and Cranberry Leather.
A spare wheel kit containing a spare wheel Tempa Spare that attaches securely in the trunk is a standalone option at no extra charge.
"We are extremely proud of what the C70 has accomplished over the years in this niche segment," said Marc Engelen, President & CEO Volvo Cars of Canada, "The refined features of this special edition only add value and exclusivity to this fun, sporty hardtop convertible."
The 2013 special edition C70 is available at select Volvo retailers across Canada now for an MSRP of $52,500, plus destination charges and taxes.
The Volvo C70 made its debut at the 1996 Paris Motor Show as a 1997 model for Europe and came to North America for the 1998 model year.
Designed by Peter Horbury, the C70 started Volvo on the path away from its trademark tradition of boxy designs.
"Our vision was to design a convertible that would meet the needs of a family of four looking for comfortable blue-sky motoring in a vehicle also providing stylish looks, performance and faultless driving and road-holding," said Horbury, Volvo's design chief from 1991 to 2002.
Val Kilmer drove a C70 in the 1997 movie, The Saint, reprising the role of a P1800 coupe, driven by Roger Moore, in the early-'60s TV show of the same name.
The second-generation C70 debuted in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale in North America during the spring of 2006. It featured the current three-piece retractable hardtop, which combines all-weather protection with the ability to raise and lower in less than 30 seconds.
An updated version of the C70 debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and went on sale in early 2010, as a 2011 model in North America.