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With its US unveiling set for the Detroit Auto Show, the newest, smallest Volvo — the C30 hatchback — will be the latest troop in a squad of premium hatchbacks hitting US shores, hoping to extend the market cracked by BMW's Mini Cooper. Hatchbacks' return is one of the surest of bets car watchers could make, with the C30 providing the all-important "third competitor" to the Mini and new Audi A3 (not to mention the enduring VW Golf), which some consider the tipping point for a car genre. Of course, in the spy photos, the disguised hatch makes it look like the erstwhile Golf cabrio, or an Isuzu Amigo.

Volvo C30 spotted in Ye Olde England [MPH]

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