• Jul 3, 2008
click above image for high-res gallery of the Volvo C30 Efficiency

In the wake of rapidly diminishing sales of large and not-particularly fuel efficient cars, Volvo is doing what only seems rational: introducing smaller vehicles with more fuel efficient engines. The company reportedly has plans to introduce three new diesel powered vehicles by the fall. We are unclear on where Volvo intends to target with its little green men cars besides emerging markets such as China and Russia, but we'd love to see some more stylish and fuel efficient options in the U.S. It's too early to speculate on what vehicles Volvo is referring to, but that's never stopped us before. The C30 is currently the Swedish automakers smallest vehicle and at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Volvo showed off its C30 Efficiency concept. We'd say that the timing certainly appears right for a production version of just such a machine. After all, who wouldn't appreciate the 52.26 miles per gallon from its 105 horsepower 1.6L turbodiesel engine?


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      • 6 Years Ago
      105hp? This better be lighter then the Volvos offered recently
        • 6 Years Ago
        tq is the unit of torque now...hmm.
        • 6 Years Ago
        only 105hp, but it probably has 150tq or so.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Volvo has been selling the C30, S40 and V50 with the 1.6 turbo diesel in Europe for years now. Fuel economy is 4.9 l/100 km (46 mpg US) combined with 129 g CO2/km for both the C30 and S40.

      The three "new" models may be the "Efficiency" versions with tweaks that boost fuel economy to 52.6 mpg and lower CO2 to 120 g/km. The C30 Efficiency is definitely scheduled to go on sale in Europe within the next few months.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Living in the Chicago area, I generally see new models pretty quickly after they're unleashed on consumers.

      The C30 though, has continued to elude me. I haven't seen a single C30 anywhere, aside from at the Chicago Auto Show.

      Is anyone buying this car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I live in the Virginia suburbs of DC and I actually occasionally see some C30s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would love to see these in the US, too. But what if a new small model is C30 Coupe! Interesting...
        • 6 Years Ago
        i mean convertible! sorry
      • 6 Years Ago
      These guys wouldn't have new small product if it weren't for Mazda. If they were sold, where would competitive new stuff come from?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Volvo is missing a great opportunity in not making a Volvo version of the Mazda 5. I know they want to be hip, young, and sporty, but they made their mark on the world being safe, and kid friendly. Imagine if they took the Mazda 5, gave it a nice turbo engine, all wheel drive, cleaned up front end styling, and a euro interior, you'd have the perfect family hauler. Easy to get the kids in and out of, and great for heading to the mountains. Think about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      not a moment too soon. volvo has always been about function, safety, comfort and durability. this isn't the exclusive domain of luxury. they need to get back to their core essence to remain a valid brand. when volvo checks it's rear view mirror it will be better able to see ahead!
      they need to think honda! in fact i know many volvo folks who have switched. why?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like the c30, how is it selling? I have never seen one driving around or in a parking lot. I know that means absolutly nothing but you would think I would see at least one. I drive past a Volvo dealer everyday and I see the same silver C30 every day. That thing has been sitting there for soooo long. I figured it would be bought long ago with the gas prices. I see tons of Volvos in my community but just not the C30 yet. It would be a shame if an awsome little hatch like that would meet with slow sales.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats because Volvo decided not to advertise the car. So yeaaa....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Volvo is only importing about 9000 a year to the US, that's why you are not seeing any. That and in the US our only option is the top of the line 225 hp turbo 5 which is not particularly economical.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of these vehicles will no doubt be the estate/wagon version of the C30 probably called V30. It would be really cool if Volvo launched a small Ford Fiesta or even Ford Ka based sporty economic mini car. I'd almost certainly sign up.
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