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2011 Volvo C30 Black Design – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Volvo C30 is a bit of a divisive design. Some love the radical P1800ES-inspired hatch, while others find it awkward. But maybe the brand's latest special edition can help.

Called the C30 Black Design, it's limited exclusively to the Italian market and to just 600 examples. What sets it apart is the application of a 3M carbon-look film to the roof, pillars, grille surround and wing mirrors. There's also 17-inch matte black wheels (upgradable to 18-inchers) and a specially trimmed interior with individualized dedication plaque.

Italian buyers can choose between the 115-horsepower D2 or 150-hp D3 turbo-diesel engines, or a 145-hp 2.0-liter gasoline four, and specify theirs in white, gray or orange. The question is, does the faux-carbon trim make the C30 look better or worse? Cast your vote in our poll below after looking over the gallery.

Does the carbon film improve the Volvo C30's styling?
Yes, it looks much better this way 2360 (31.3%)
No, I liked it better without 3598 (47.7%)
I'm not sure 1579 (20.9%)

[Source: OmniAuto.it (translated)]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice vinyl top. For the full Scottsdale it needs gold emblems.
      • 4 Years Ago

      I really like the C30's design, but when I see black, I can't get my mind off how hot that car will be in the summer, and how long before we start seeing the effects of the sun on the finish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. Nice cool white car and they ruined it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My first thoughts were:
      1. vinyl top
      2. bad toupee
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts were Volvo C30 LTD Brougham with the Landau roof option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those wheels are jacked off the Audi TTS
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dunno,Can we actually get an Italian's perspective on this?

      I think the fact that it's limited exclusively for Italy is a big hint that maybe this is a regional fad for cars; not so much Volvo's own taste.

      Different countries have different car fads; like in America car buyers seem to like big cars with chrome and a lot of bling, which would stand out as 'tacky' in many other places.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the black from the top half. I hate it on the bottom moldings or such.


      Oh well... It usually sucks when a car company tries something creative, they take it too far.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the RS6 reps for the stock wheels haha. Hate the black body trim. The black roof is interesting though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lower it a couple of inches and it would look a LOT better. Right now it looks like a silly highschool kid got ahold of some flat black paint and some cheap low profile tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      is this a 4x4 off-road edition or something like that??? could it be any higher off the ground?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the C30 R Design but not like this. Kinda just seems thrown together last minute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A blacked out roof between the roof rails wouldn't be bad... but blacking out the roof rails from the A-pillar to the c-pillar is not right.

      The black wheels and rockers just further make it look like a weird cop car.

      It looks like a cop car before or after it has been equipped with the emergency lighting, but an odd cop car, as it isn't as fast as an interceptor, nor as big as a cruiser.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree that the blackout should have been between the rails, to connect the windshield & rear glass. Oh, well...
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