• Aug 18, 2010
Once again an automaker is turning to you, The American Car Buyer, to find out what you want. This time, it's Volvo wondering what America's consumer audience thinks of a special edition C30 that would combine metallic Orange Flame paint and 17-inch wheels outside with two-tone seats in T-Tec and orange cloth, Sirius Satellite, an an upgraded audio system inside. If you answered, "Yes, I like the sound of that," Volvo wants to know if an automatic, climate control and bi-xenons would also be on your list.

The Orange Metallic paint is a current option on U.S. C30s – this is really about the interior and the special wheels, which aren't available. There is nothing to indicate that you'll have a chance to buy such a C30 no matter how badly you want it, but Volvo product communications guru Dan Johnston is listening to all comments left over at our friends at Swedespeed. Check 'em out by clicking on the link below.

[Source: Swedespeed]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's the C30's problem. It's competitive in 2 areas:

      Luxury (refinement, build quality)
      Safety

      It's not competitive in 3 other areas:

      Price
      Performance
      Fuel Efficiency

      The problem is that those last 3 areas are the most important to the majority of hatch back drivers. I suspect Lexus will have the same problem with their hatch.

      Volvo isn't going to make the C30 as affordable as other base hot hatches, but they can certainly up their performance and/or efficiency. Maybe offering 2 engine trims, a more traditional 4 cylinder turbo (for efficiency) and a larger displacement 4 cylinder or even 6 cylinder for the upper end model (for performance).

      That's how they should fix the C30. Not colored seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just picked up an ice white c30 r design in sweden and drove it around for three weeks in Europe. The OSD program was truly an epic experience and I highly recomend it to anyone.

      -two free tickets to sweden on SAS.
      -SAS lounge tickets at the airport
      -two weeks of car insurance while you're in Europe.
      -We got three free nights at a 5 star hotel in Gothenburg ($$$)
      -free shipping back.
      -7% off the car if you do the OSD.
      -Tour of the factory.

      The car was pretty loaded for $30,500.
      18" wheels wrappen in P zero
      black leather
      directional bi xenon lights
      rain sensor
      amazing sound system
      sun roof

      Hitting 135mph on the autobahn was priceless though!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've always loved the waterfall center stack and over all minimalist interior appearance of Volvo's before the new S60
        • 4 Years Ago
        On the contrary, I love tech. Just when its used in my opinion of tasteful. Opinions, as we can all see, vary greatly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, but they have all that fancy safety-technology which I'm sure you don't like...
        • 4 Years Ago
        zing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agree with the other posters, the problem with the C30 is it is about $5000 too much to start with and options drive the price high really fast! I looked at the C30 as well and it just costs too much for what you get. Lower the price and you will get more buyers! I also agree more engine options should be offered with better fuel economy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please NO automatic and I like the option of cloth seat inserts. In hot climates it's so much more comfortable than leather or vinyl (sorry, leatherette).
        alexacoon
        • 4 Years Ago
        Main reason I dropped the C30 off my list, wasn't a standard to be found in a used model a few months ago (even with a nation wide search!). Do they even offer a standard transmission?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with mostly everything that's been said so far. Test drove a metallic orange C30 R Design a few weeks ago and liked everything except the price tag. That paint color looks SO much better in person than on ads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really nice color. Reminds me my dad's Volvo S60R. That was fully loaded with orange cloth.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the C30, but Volvo really needs to cool it with the orange. It was exciting and fresh when the C70 debuted. Now it's just played out and boring as they slap it on every model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Volvo, Please skip on the cheesy orange seats and add more horsepower and torque. People are not going to be more likely to buy a car because it has orange seats, but more power will draw in more buyers.
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