• Jul 21, 2006

AutoWeek's sources say that the Volvo C30 will be launched at the Paris Motor Show this fall. Though smaller than the S40, the Mazda3-based hatch will punch out 218 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five. It will be a little on the heavy side at 3,000 lbs., but with the tires right at the corners of the vehicle, handling will likely be good.

Inside the vehicle will be four bucket seats and an available 650-watt sound system. No official plans have been made for the U.S. market, but sources indicate we should expect it to hit the streets here in mid-2007.

[Source: AutoWeek]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Volvo, you better send it stateside. We are getting tired of being shafted on fun, innovative cars. We don't need any more SUVs(you listening, GM?)
      • 8 Years Ago
      They put all that plastic on there so they can make a "refreshed" version with painted moldings a few years down the line. Everyone does it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Tom Design. They perfectly ruined a very promising concept by making just another Audi A3.

      Look at this picture: http://media.autobild.de/bild/6/96f71cfe2d40a70c9e286ef546e713a6_1.jpg

      Why did they put that waistline from the P1800ES away? It is more understandable that the gull-wing doors from the 3CC concept had to go, though. (http://news.autovia.sk/img/galleries/vo3c10_416be87de3e83.jpg)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sure, something was lost in the translation from the concept car, but the C30 is a big improvement over the S40, which has an awkward chunkiness.

      Where I think Volvo may be a bit off base is that the C30 should have been more sportwagon and less hatchback coupe, e.g., it needed greater rear overhang to extend the cargo compartment. That would have given it greater distinctiveness, both in terms of styling and utility.

      Sure, sporty coupes are great, but is Volvo is intruding too far into Mazda territory? More broadly, is Ford making the same mistake as GM in building too many products that overlap?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The C30R reminds me of my MGB GT. Love it, must have it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The autoblog writer makes it sound AS IF THE 3,000 LB weight is really heavy. In fact it is, but the A3 hovers around 3300 lbs. It certainly is turning out to be a nice time if you like smaller, sportier cars. I was thinking last night that with all the larger used luxury cars out there, that small luxury plates could really be effective at standing out for buyers who want to be seen. Back on topic, I suspect properly tuned with the right turbo and about 200 fewer pounds this thing would really haul ass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the black plastic. It gives it an athletic look.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it looks great! Please send it over pond.