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During a sit down with Volvo's senior veep of R&D, Magnus Jonsson told Automotive News that a five-door version of the C30 might be in the cards. "The five-door would be less exciting from a design perspective, but we're looking to expand." That seems like an accurate statement considering that stretching the three-door model could have a few negative aesthetic implications. But if sales of the C30 in the U.S. and Japan go through the roof, a five-door model could be a competitive product for buyers looking to move up market from the C30's platform sibling, the Mazda3.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love a five door - but with a door system like the RX-8 or the passenger side of the Mini-clubman. That approach might have a less negative visual impact than a traditional 5-door body and set itself apart from other offerings.

      And please have a glass roof option, that tiny sunroof they're offering is a joke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So this would be an *attractive* V50 then?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe how close the rendering is to a chop that I did about a year ago:

      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's a rendering of it: http://www.teknikensvarld.se/_internal/cimg!0/8ithpm7g1dilyx311am4nis4124hf0s.jpeg

      I don't think it's needed, the usability of the cargo area is not very great. People who want a 5-door hatchback will go with a car that offers greater utility than the C-50 or whatever it's gonna be called will offer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is one of the best ideas Volvo has had in a long time. Volvo has the cache and fame to be equivalent to Audi, but without the rear wheel, or rear bias AWD system, Volvo will lack sum what in performance. Volvo needs to revamp their lineup with mid of the German machines.

      C30 rival the coming A1/A2
      C50 rival the A3
      C70 rival the A5
      S60 rival the A4
      S80 rival the A6
      V50 rival the A4 avant
      V70 rival the A6 avant
      XC60 rival the Q5
      XC90 rival the Q7

      Now there is some market gaps here and this is what Volvo needs a large sedan 5m car, a large estate to keep with volvo tradition, a large convertible also, a small two seater roadster, and a real sports coupe.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You missed the S40 from the lineup, and I think that’s the biggest mistake. The S04 has the size of some of the most successful cars of 10 years ago. The A4 adn co grew extremely, only at BMW did they understand, that neither the road, nor the parking places grew along. With an A4, You need a second car to go to town, bec. you wont find a parking place. Otherwise, I also agree, that Volvo is going to have the most competitive lineup against he German premium manufacturers. From 1er to the X5, Volvo can offer a competitive (although completely different) car. Only the luxury 7er and the Mini is out of the Volvo range. But axing the S40 is the biggest mistake Volvo an do. It should make the S60 a bit bigger, and keep the S40's size for the 3rd generation...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring the 2 door hatchback with a turbo diesel to the US and I'll buy it.

      • 7 Years Ago
      A smaller Volvo wagon with AWD and a turbo could be a very fun car. The V50 is nice, but I'd rather a bit smaller and this may slot in there great. Or as someone else said, why can't BMW bring the 5-door 1 series over? Time will tell...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Volvo if you do this you will be able to compete with the vw rabbit/gti and the saturn astra
      • 7 Years Ago
      psarhjinian, you can't ride in the backseat of your own car! Come on.. :)

      I really like the C30, but for me, the worst thing about the Volvo is the dissapointing gas mileage. I think they would find more buyers if they offerend a non-turbo engine that got mid 30's. I don't really care about the 5 door model. I think there is a shortage of options in the 3 door market.

      I currently drive an '04 Civic hatch about 75 miles a day. 90% of my driving is by myself, so the coupe is exactly what I need. But I would like a 'premium hatch' - something that I can enjoy and be comfortable in on my commute to work. But not sub 30 mpg premium. If I have to drive so much, I would like to do it in a car that I like, but at the same time, not have to burn $50 worth of gas a week. My Civic Si falls a tad short on that front.

      The C30's got it whipped hands down, but the Civic has the efficiency by a hair. If the Volvo returned 35 mpg on the highway, I'd go sign up for one today.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The V50 is a long wagon while this would be a 5 door hatch. Think the last Ford Focus. So they would go to different niches of the market.
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