2013 Volvo V40
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If you read our recent First Drive of the 2013 Volvo V40, you no doubt remember our verdict: "If the V40 does not make it over to the U.S., then Volvo should issue guns to its entire executive staff so they can summarily shoot themselves in the foot."

Well, here's even more reason for the Swedes to bring us their smart looking C-segment hatchback: The Polestar version of the V40 it reportedly has planned for Europe. According to PistonHeads, Volvo will be announcing the hotted-up variant at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Polestar will take the forthcoming 254-horsepower V40 T5, a car that shares hardware with the 2013 Ford Focus ST, and give it all the kit we've been hoping for in a Focus RS, according to the report. Citing Volvo's UK director, PistonHeads says the V40 Polestar will have at least 280 hp and all-wheel drive, cost about £30,000 ($46,900), and come to market sometime next year.


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      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the function and all..that pics a little boring.
      dee8817
      • 2 Years Ago
      I seriously don't understand why Volvo isn't offering this in the U.S. this could rival the Audi A3. I'm a hatchback fan and wouldnt mind stepping up to this Volvo from my Suzuki. It's small but spacious enough for me, and I love the interior. If sold here with the same turbo engine as the C30 and priced close to it. I don't see how this would not sell.
      Paulevalence
      • 2 Years Ago
      but how much will it weigh :/
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah a 46K small Volvo will just fly off of the lots. This a great example of how out of touch AB truly is. They really think an expensive hatchback will sell? There is ZERO market success in this class to point to.
        Brandon Allen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        It won't be priced at 46k. There's a difference in currency conversion and domestic CPI (consumer price index) For instance, In the UK, the new Ford Focus ST is 21,995 British pounds. IF you converted that price to dollars, the Focus ST would cost about $34,386 in the US. But it doesn't, it costs 24,995 US dollars here. The exchange rate is simply the market price of one currency against another currency. The CPI is an index of prices of GOODS denoted in another currency and determines the actual domestic purchasing power of a currency. The technical reasons on what determines an exchange rate will bore you. While the exchange rate does somewhat factor into the CPI, they do operate somewhat independently of eachother due to taxes, employment and the supply of goods and services in a locality. For all intensive purposes, the CPI between here and the UK are pretty darn similar when converted to work hours by industry but the US is still a bit better off. AKA, things are cheaper here in the US than most other nations.
          Dayv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brandon Allen
          "For all intensive purposes" That should be "for all intents and purposes."
          Brandon Allen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brandon Allen
          Sorry - CPI is an index of prices of goods denoted in a single currency in relation to income. I said "another currency" which is misleading.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        Do you go out of your wy to troll every European car page possible?
      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      £30,000 ($46,900) -- STOP DOING THIS. Cars are always more expensive in Europe AND that price *likely* includes UK VAT tax (~20%).
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tump
        Just for comparison: The 2012 Focus ST (base, not ST-2 or ST-3) is £21,640 for the 5-door (18,033.33 without VAT included). This works out to $28007.50(USD). Now, in America, that 2012 Focus ST starts at $24,495 (your local sales tax rate applies on top of this, if any). That's a difference of $3,512.50 in America's favor - at least in direct translation. (Prices are from ford.com with zip code 94110 (SF) and ford.co.uk).
          Dayv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          An even better comparison: Here are prices for the Volvo C30, available in both US and UK, outfitted with the T5 engine and R-Design spec with no other options (this is the only way I see to get more or less the same build in both countries): US pricing: $28,325 (£18,115) UK pricing: £24,470 ($38,263) The difference between UK and US car pricing is staggering.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tump
        Tump, the article did not claim $46,900 is the price it would sell for in Europe. That is the converted value of 30,000 pounds. Do you take exception with the conversion rate? For those of us that don't use British pounds on a regular basis, the conversion provides a bit of meaning to the price.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      $46k is simply too much. An Evo or STi starts at $35 k for a barebones model. These cars are performance bred machines with over 300 hp, fulltime AWD, and in the case of the Evo, an advanced paddleshift system. I fail to see how the Polestar (sounds like a stripper's nickname, as one user above me has already said) which will come with a lackluster FWD-unitl-the-wheels-slip-AWD (Haldex), only 280 hp, and almost definitely a higher curb weight than the others would make a dent. Yes, the Volvo will be plush and have luxury car features, but nowadays, an Evo or STi can be optioned like a luxury car for $40-45 k- leather, power everything, navigation, a fancy paddleshift gearbox-and still have better performance
        drewpy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I thought we covered this cost translation thing already
        Fred Talmadge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I can buy an Audi A3 for about $10,000 less, and really it's pretty fast and has more luxury fittings than the Volvo, let alone the EVO, STI or Focus
        ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Nothing against the Evo or STI, but performance bred machines? HAH! They are hotrodded versions of economical family sedan chassis, hardly bred for performance.
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ducman69
          Yeah a Mustang though, that's where it's at right? Riiiiiiiiight? You are a moron. Stop going on looks and sound. Behind the wheel it's a pissed off go-kart on rails with seemingly infinite traction and a stock motor that handles gobs of power. Rare for a reason. It's something good in a stealthy package that at first glance looks like something that isn't good. The reward is for those who care to check it out and realize what kind of car it truly is. Ride in one with 500+ horsepower and you'll never go back to anything bigger or 2 wheel drive again.
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ughhh...Volvo come on. Dropping the ball on this one. If I was going to spend $46,900 on a car I would get a 335i BMW or an E46 M3, or a Subaru STi, or a BRZ. Volvo volvo volvo...the first car I raced was an automatic FWD 850. I've been waiting for so long for Volvo to make a really cool car and it just...ughhhh it just never happens! Come on !
        MikeInNC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zeus
        The price won't translate from Euro's to USD like that. It would probably be closer to 38k in the US just based on past pricing.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      jessesrq
      • 2 Years Ago
      328i Touring, A3 5-door, V40 T-5 . . Please at least one of this make it to the US market by 2014 when I need to get my next car. And no, the 3-series GT, Q3 and XC60 are not acceptable alternatives!
      torqued
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...and only offer it with a slushbox auto transmission?
      themish
      • 2 Years Ago
      i will buy this if it comes here. and changes its badge to ford
      KW
      • 2 Years Ago
      AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
        KW
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KW
        *What I said when I read this. Come on Volvo, USA please!
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