The Volvo C30 was put to its eternal bed a few months ago, but the tuners at Polestar have a little more eulogizing to do. The Swedish house of speed that has raced and reworked the little hatch since its introduction in 2006 wants the world to know what they've been through together, so it has encapsulated seven years of around-the-world action into three minutes and 28 seconds of track footage and champagne.

We're still waiting on word of a replacement for the funny little hatch, and while we lament what could have been, the video below proves that the C30 provided plenty of thrills for those outside of the US. And as you can read in our recent review of the Polestar-enhanced road-going C30, it provided a decent amount of fun for those of us in the States, as well.



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A tribute to the Volvo C30

Polestar has worked with the Volvo C30 since its introduction in 2006 and has since then optimised over 1200 cars to private customers, claimed five racing titles and secured 20 racing victories with the model.

The C30 started its career with Polestar in the 2007 Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) season after an intense development work. The highlight of its racing career came in 2009 when Tommy Rustad secured the STCC title for Polestar.

Other than the optimisations for the road version of the C30 model, like the Black R and U.S. Limited Edition, a 455 HP concept car was built and tested by Top Gear:

"Really hard. Really raw. This car is epic." Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear.

Polestar has put together a tribute video of the car, showing the milestones with the model.


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      Trent
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who will miss this car? I tried to pick one up last year for my wife but they would not deal and we were about $1000 apart.
        Matthew Dawson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trent
        No, I'd actually like to get a used one at some point. I think this is going to be one of those cars that might end up getting more of a following after it leaves production than it had while it was still being made. Not a massive following mind you, but a smaller, loyal one.
        DaveM
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trent
        You don't have to miss it if you own one, like I do. Volvo C30 rocks!
        Phontsolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Trent
        You are not the only one. I saw a blue C30 T5 in person and it looks awesome.
      John S
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's odd, I never noticed that many C30's around, but now I see them daily. And I like them! A lot. Too bad :-(
      Carlos Javier Alicea
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the only car my wife has ever really wanted (r design black manual) she even went to buy one but the lazy, shitty dealer here in Puerto Rico would not sell her a manual, so no deal (she drives, you know, so she can't stand an autobox) I actually think is (was) the most beautyfull hatch in the market, and my daily driver is a stage 2 TSI VW GTI (way faster than the Volvo) Its a car that we'll really miss to own.
      Mike Lin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it humorous that Volvo has decided to discontinue the single vehicle that most stable mid-20 somethings with disposable income would purchase, from them (myself included). Then again Volvo has never really been know for having well thought out marketing strategies.
        Fjallrav
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Lin
        I'm with you on this, and the first reply. Based on the sales figures, it appears to be a car without a markers segment. That said, I have one and its the best car I've ever owned! Oh btw, not mid 20 something, more like mid 50 something!
          ThomasP
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fjallrav
          I\'m afraid that may be the problem...
      Denton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love my 2012 R-Design with the Polestar tune, identical to the one in the latter part of the video. Another underrated Volvo on the market.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doomed by its appearance in Twilight.
      mostchillininsc
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, we get it. Polestar and Volvo are very proud of this car. It would have been a whole lot better if Volvo would have released this early on in the lifecycle rather than the last year in production when nothing could help this model. All of that being said, let's finally put the car to rest and move on.
      ufgrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't forget that KPAX raced the C30's with a fair amount of success here in the US.
        Fjallrav
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ufgrat
        Oh h*ll yeah they did, won the championship last year! That's one of the things that makes the demise of the C30 so sad. btw, both the K-Pax C30s are up for sale $290,000 for both with spare parts if IIRC
      Fjallrav
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you're interested in C30's, check out www.c30crew.com
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you own one, you'll need at least one of these. There are only two things wrong with that car... the seatbelts cut into your neck and there are no coat hooks in back to hang dry cleaning: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/c30accessories
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