At first we misread the press release, which stated, "Here are the first photos of one of the year's most talked about debutants." of course, there's no Harvest Ball cotillion for this Euro gal — Volvo's new C30 debutante is set for a Paris unveiling. Volvo calls the new C30 a "cool car" for young, urban types — and hopes to sell 65,000 of them, 75 percent of which it expects to move in Europe. Engines for the continent version will include a 100 hp, four-cylinder 1.6-liter gas engine; 109 hp, 1.6-liter diesel, and five-cylinder D5 (180 hp) and T5 (220 hp) turbocharged powerplants. Production will start later this year. Click through for the company's take.
First photos of the new Volvo C30
Here are the first photos of one of the year's most talked about debutants - the new Volvo C30. A sporty design, two doors, four individual seats, and a glass tailgate give the C30 a unique character that will attract new Volvo buyers. The new Volvo C30 will be unveiled for the public at the Paris Motor Show in September, and production will begin at the end of 2006.
"The new C30 is a cool car. A car that aims for a group of young singles, or couples, with an intense urban lifestyle. These people prioritise excitement in design and driving characteristics, and this car is designed to suit their taste and lifestyle," says Fredrik Arp, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
The volume target is 65,000 cars per year. Volvo expects that 75 percent of the buyers will be in Europe and the largest markets are Italy, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom.
Dynamic front and fast silhouette
The design of the production-ready model is in tune with the Volvo C30 Design Concept, which was presented at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of the year.
The front retains its dynamic character, with the angled headlamps and the low, wide grille.
Viewed from the side, the distinct wheel housings and sloping roof give the new C30 a fast silhouette, which is further enhanced by the extreme boat-shape of the side windows.
The shoulders at the rear are powerfully rounded and are accentuated by the horseshoe shaped lighting pattern of the tail lamps, and the glass tailgate. The spoiler at the upper edge of the tailgate is available in two different versions.
"The C30 has plenty of muscles in a sporty and compact package. Anyone who recalls the Volvo SCC (Safety Concept Car) will recognise the exclusive and convenient rear tailgate. The distinctive tail lamps ensure that no one will be uncertain about which car they have in front," says Volvo Car's Design Director
Styling for individualists and room for four adults
The new C30 has room for four adults thanks to the two separate rear seats with generous head and leg room. The rear seats are slightly centred to provide a feeling of space and a good forward view.
The space between the seats also makes the thin, visually floating centre stack clearly visible through the glass tailgate.
The interior program has been designed to meet the target group's taste for personal choices. Even the base program offers, for example, upholstery in three attractive colours.
"The C30 is about "customised functionality". There are a lot of possibilities for personalisation and the car has all the right and cleverly designed solutions that the people who choose this type of car want," says H kan Abrahamsson, who heads the C30 project.
Range of engines from 100 to 220 hp
The new Volvo C30 has a wide selection of engines, ranging from a 100 hp, four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine, a clean and efficient four-cylinder, 1.6-litre diesel with 109 hp to the five-cylinder D5 and T5 turbo engines, providing 180 and 220 hp respectively.
At 425 centimetres (167 inches), the C30 is the smallest member of Volvo's model range - 22 centimetres (8,5 inches) shorter than the Volvo S40.
"A car that exudes muscular manoeuvrability must live up to the promise of its looks when you are behind the wheel. Therefore, the C30 has a chassis that offers sporty driving characteristics, regardless of whether you choose the 1.6-litre diesel or the T5 engine," says H kan Abrahamsson.
Even in the base model, the Volvo C30 offers a high-class audio system - and true audiophiles can choose the Premium Sound system, with a digital 5x130W ICE Power amplifier from Alpine , Dolby Pro Logic II Surround, and 10 loudspeakers from Danish Dynaudio .
First class safety
When it comes to safety, the Volvo C30 is a true Volvo. Among other things, it is available with BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), which helps the driver to identify another vehicle in the blind spot at the rear sides of the car.
The front has the same patented structure as the S40 and V50. Combined with airbags and safety belt tensioners, the C30 offers first class safety. The safety equipment naturally also includes the Whiplash Protection System, WHIPS, and a Side Impact Protection System with side airbags and the Inflatable Curtain, IC.
"The new Volvo C30 plays an important role in our push towards a volume of 600,000 cars a year. We are broadening our model program to make it possible for new, younger customers with an intense, urban lifestyle to choose a Volvo with the right appeal as early as possible," says Fredrik Arp.
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