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Soon after Volvo unveiled its C30 in Paris, it was announced that the diminutive hatch will find its way stateside. Although its primary market will be Europe, Volvo would like to see a fair number of the 65,000 C30s produced finding a home in American garages.

The C30 rides on an identical wheel base as its larger sibling the S40, pushing the wheels to the outside of the car for better handling characteristics. The same 218 HP, turbocharged inline-5 will be shoved under the bonnet, producing a tractable 236 lb.-ft. of torque.

Typical for Volvo, safety is the name of the game. Beyond the expected passive safety devices, the C30 will come equipped with the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) which will aid drivers in lane change maneuvers.

All this and more will hit American shores no sooner than 2008, with pricing expected to be in the mid-to-high $20k segment.

The full press release can be seen after the jump.


Volvo Cars of North America Announces It Will Sell the Exciting New C30 in the U.S. Market

PARIS, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with Volvo Cars dramatic unveiling of the all-new C30 at today's Paris Motor Show, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA) announced that it will bring the car to the U.S. market no earlier than the 2008 model year. The announcement comes just nine months after the C30 Design Concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in early 2006.

The C30's primary markets will be in Europe, with the largest markets being Italy, the U.K., Germany and Spain. Volvo Cars estimates global sales of the C30 at 65,000 units annually. Pricing and volume expectations for the U.S.-bound C30 have not yet been set.

The C30 will represent a new segment entry for Volvo; one that will bring a younger buyer into Volvo retailers. "The Volvo C30 is a very exciting car with emotional appeal. We anticipate that the C30's youthfulness and dynamic design will catch the hearts and minds of people beyond Volvo's traditional customers," commented Anne Belec, President and CEO of VCNA.

To get those younger buyers interested, the edgy design of the C30 features a unique frameless glass tailgate, a confident stance and the broad shoulders that have become a Volvo design hallmark. "The C30 has plenty of muscles in a sporty and compact package," noted Volvo Car's Design Director Steve Mattin. "Anyone who recalls the Volvo SCC (Safety Concept Car) or the classic P1800ES will recognize the exclusive and convenient rear tailgate. The distinctive tail lamps ensure that no one will be uncertain about which car they are following."

218 horsepower and 8.5-inches shorter than a Volvo S40

Putting 218 horsepower to the front wheels, the new C30 is powered by a turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine that produces 236 pound-feet of torque.

Measuring in at just 167 inches in length, the C30 is the smallest member of Volvo's model range -- an impressive 8.5 inches shorter than the Volvo S40 sport sedan while still retaining the 103.9 inch wheel base, which really pushes the wheels towards the end of the car. "A car that exudes muscular maneuverability must live up to the promise of its looks when you are behind the wheel," said C30 project leader Hakan Abrahamsson. "Therefore, the C30 has a chassis that offers sporty driving characteristics, nimble handling and responsive steering."

Right out of the box, audio enthusiasts will appreciate the Volvo C30's standard 160-watt stereo system. And true audiophiles can choose a Premium Sound system that closely matches the acclaimed system offered in the new C70, with a digital 5x130W ICE Power amplifier from Alpine(R), Dolby(R) Pro Logic II Surround, and 10 loudspeakers from Danish loudspeaker manufacturer Dynaudio(R). Total output for the Premium Sound System is an astonishing 650 watts. Simply put, it rocks.

Volvo's legendary safety is well represented in the new C30

When it comes to safety, the new C30 is a true Volvo. Among other things, it will be available with BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), which helps the driver to identify another vehicle in the blind spot at the rear sides of the car.

The front end incorporates the same patented multi-steel structure as the S40 and V50. Combined with airbags and safety belt pretensioners, the C30 offers first class safety. But the C30 wouldn't be a Volvo if it didn't also include such standard safety equipment as the Whiplash Protection System, WHIPS, and a Side Impact Protection System with side airbags and the Inflatable Curtain, IC.

 Preliminary Specifications
2.5-liter double overhead cam turbocharged 5-cylinder
218 hp at 5,000 rpm
236 lb.-ft of torque at 1,500 - 4,800 rpm
Length - 167.4 inches
Width - 80.3 inches
Height - 57.0 inches
Weight - 2,900 pounds (estimated)
Wheelbase - 103.9 inches

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I was interested in this car until I saw the power option. Or lack of it. Quite honestly, I don't get why so many manufacturers think North Americans are only interested in cars with lots of power, despite the strong market trend towards smaller more fuel efficient cars. It's as if they think we're all insecure teenagers with small penis issues.

      I was disappointed again to see that Ford execs choose not to stick their neck out just a little bit and try offering the diesel or even the smaller gas engine at a lower base price.

      Case in point, they're trying to aim for the young, affluent, well educated crowd. Who are probably going to be more interested in hugging trees and patting penguins then NASCAR and stump pulling. The types that would want a penis enhancer called "Hemi" isn't going to be interested in this car. Besides, the market for high-perf cars in the $25K-$30K segment is pretty crowded. Frankly, there are better cars out there for that money. Hell, I enjoy a good titillation as much as the next guy, but honestly, Volvo would be the last make that I'd think of to get my jolies from.

      I think they're missing the boat again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Canada too? Please?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok guys, all of you that want a Euro Focus ST, here it is. Now get in line.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doubt it'll sell here in the states at that pricepoint without the utility of a Volvo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the engine they are offering is the best option they have (other than a possible R version). I agree with the poor pricing point, I don't know too many fellow young professionals that could afford a car that will end up being $30k+ once you add any desireable options. I've driven Volvos my whole life and I was really excited about this car but after being treated like trash by their snobby dealers I don't know when or if I'll come back, especially since I'm enjoying my 06 MINI Cooper so much!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The mid-$20K base price sounds about right, respective to the other models in the line-up. The interior and mechanicals are identical to the S40/V50. This is basically an S40 T5 coupe. The S40 T5 sedan starts at $26,600-ish and the V50 T5 is $28,800-ish. Then a C30's $25,000 base price sounds just about right.

      Personally, I like it. It's got clean styling and it feels like a much more safe, more reliable, more ergonomic alternative to the new VW GTI. I don't have a direct comparison here, but the C30 is prob. much more safe than the GTI, w/ the stability control, etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      The price seems disappointing, but who knows if this is really valid once it goes on sale.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Errr... I will pass, and take the MazdaSpeed3. Save some money. Thank you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hopefully we will be able to get it with out the black suv-ish trim. Otherwise I like it a lot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not a big fan of the color/wheel combo above but I think this car is going to sell very well in the states. As for the comment about about the Euro Focus...this car has absolutely nothing to do with the Focus other than the Focus ST borrows the Volvo engine. I would put a deposit down today if they woudl bring over an AWD version with the T5 Diesel. Loads of torque and 40+ mpg. Hard to beat that kind of package int eh refinement of a Volvo. And I LOVE that back window. Very remincient of the P1800 Estate.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stupid pricing. Would've fit nice at 20-25k right under the S40.
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