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This spy shot of the Volvo C30, which was introduced as a concept at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show, shows the Swedish company's premium hatchback nearly naked in the snow. What's obvious is the C30 borrows heavily from the S40 small sedan from the A-pillar forward. According to Auto Express that sharing also extends inside the engine bay. The C30's rear, however, recalls the sloping glass hatch of the early-Seventies P1800ES (shown above). The interior of the C30 will also borrow heavily from the S40, including the sedan's floating center console.

Auto Express also expects a C30 R performance derivitive, at least for Europe, which will include a 260-bhp 2.4L turbocharged inline five-cylinder, 19-inch wheels, a stiffer suspension and Brembo brakes.

We'll be at the Paris Auto Show in September for the production version's official debut, but check out our recent review of the Volvo S40 T5 AWD to get a glimpse of what the C30 might be like when it arrives.

In the Autoblog Garage 2006 Volvo S40 T5 AWD Day 1-2
In the Autoblog Garage 2006 Volvo S40 T5 AWD Day 3-4
In the Autoblog Garage 2006 Volvo S40 T5 AWD Day 5

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      #5 Dont be stupid. Germans and Swedes Lack volume brands (except Volkswagen) and its a good strategy for them to expand into compact segement and compete with volume brands like Ford, Honda and Toyota so that they can be in every market segment. Its a clever move which will pay in the long run and keep jobs in Europe.

      On the other hand, lexus, acura and infiniti already have the toyota, honda and nissan as volume players so they are covered. So its the Japanese who are at risk not europeans. If Lexus, Acura and Infiniti go down-market they will confuse the customers and loose the good-will of the market. Europeans will not because their customers will recognize the brands unequivocally.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Markus's idea for a diesel or even a diesel hybrid is spot on. Should they offer something similiar as one of their engine packages I'll be very seriously looking at the C30, especially if the interior options offered allow for upgrades.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Umm... Hugo #5, small luxo-hatchbacks are actually VERY popular in Europe, because people realize that they're, um, LUXURY, but cheaper to buy and run. You don't need a big car for luxury.

      Just because BMW, Saab, and Volvo are making small cars doesn't mean that they're crapboxes.

      Also, note that the Hyundai Excel, Ford Fiesta, and Geo Metro are a LOT smaller. The 1-Series, the 9-1, and the C30 are all compact cars, NOT subcompacts. Last I checked, a Cobalt was bigger than an Aveo, and the 9-1 shares a platform with the Cobalt. Last I checked, the Euro Focus was bigger than the Festiva, and the C30 shares a platform with the Euro Focus. (I'd put a comparison with the 1-Series, but there's nothing to compare to.)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ok, so does everybody now have a version of this slanted back, half wagon design? It seems like every brand has a model like this now. Thanks DCX, d@mn Pacifica!! ;-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      The extended hatch window does give it a little P1800 signature, but that is about it. No retro here, but I don't think the design is anything exceptional to stand on it's own merits. Just another face in a crowded segment. I don't see any conquest sales here, just the same ole Volvo followers.
      The old P1800ES sure looks better in my book.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I HATE these little hatchbacks. They're ugly. Why are BMW (1-series), Saab, and Volvo aspiring to imitate the Hyundai Excel, Ford Fiesta, and Geo Metro? Where has the prestige gone? BMW was right to hide the 1-series across the Atlantic, lest 745Li buyers see on in the showroom; Volvo should do the same.

      Time to unpimp the C30.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, all the S40/V50 are over-priced.... And so will this C30. An R version will be nice to see but I pray Volvo actually uses a high pressure turbo rather then using another low pressure engine and calling it a T5.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hope they keep the price similar to the new VW Rabbit(Golf). It would not make sense to pay more then $22k for this car since there is the S40.