The safety conscious car builder Volvo will be changing their theme from city safety to all electric this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show when they unveil an E.V. version of the sporty Volvo C30 hatchback. Although the automaker previously said that they had no plans to put the plug in electric C30 into production. This is very interesting since the last vehicle of this kind from the savvy Swedes made itself known to the world in Frankfurt just one year ago. However, according to a source at the English automotive journal AutoCar: "The all-electric C30 is a car we have talked about previously and formed the basis of the ReCharge concept shown a few years ago. At the moment, the all-electric C30 is just a concept and Volvo has no current plans to put it into production."
The ReCharge Concept is a plug-in hybrid with individual electric wheel motors and batteries that can be recharged via a regular electrical outlet for maximum environmental benefit. The recharging allows the EV to have a range of about 100 kilometres, or 60 miles, on battery power alone before the car’s four-cylinder Flexifuel engine is needed to power the car and recharge the battery. The concept had all of the style and attitude of a sports car and none of the typical hybrid foibles with its blistered arches and large green electric motor filled wheels.
The automaker will make a decision about possible production in the near future. Until then Volvo is going in a bold direction with hybrid technology, instead of staying compact and lightweight, Volvo’s engineers and design teams are planning to bring an efficient diesel plug-in electric hybrid version of the V70 SUV to market by 2012.
Trying to be safe, sporty and a little stylish? Volvo wants to remind that there is more to Swedish style than what’s found in an Ikea store. It’s showing a conservative wild side with the R-Design line of appearance packaging.
Although Volvo is a company built on safety, a car like the Volvo C30 is just a hot hatch begging for more power at a push of a button. The tuning house Lexmaul revealed today the new tuning kit for the Volvo C30 T5. For those who don’t know, the engine of the car develops 230, but for the folks who want more, Lexmaul offers an extra 30 hp through ECU tweaking.
At the beginning we said something about a button, and we didn’t forget. The power can be summoned through an installed "sport" button. When pressed, he engine’s computer goes to the setting for the extra 30 hp. Also a new suspension system is available, lowering the car with up to 30 millimeters. Price of the kit: $1,500.
Rumors about a hotter C30 version circulated for quite a while now. But today thos rumors were confirmed: Volvo said the company is indeed building a 300bhp, all-wheel drive version of the C30 hatchback. The special edition will be limited to less than 4500 cars over four years.
The hot C30 will be powered by the same engine as the future Focus RS: a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine, the only difference begin that the C30 will get four-wheel drive system.
Volvo has yet to confirm the name the new car will carry, but we know it will be sitting on 20-inch wheels with colour-keyed brake calipers, a special body kit and motorsport seats. The rest of the C30 range will receive a general revamp and facelift at the same time.
Volvo is working on bringing more small vehicles to its line-up. In 2010 Volvo will bring a small multi-purpose wagon to the market, likely called the V30 (possibly based on the C30 .) From this car, there may be a derivative called XC30, which would be a small SUV or crossover. Volvo will unveil a first preview version of the V30 next year at the Detroit Auto Show with the production version to be revealed in March 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Volvo will enter the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) with an ethanol powered Volvo C30 racer.
The car, which is in its first year on track, races in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) as the only ethanol E85 powered car in that series. In STCC, the car has so far secured three out of seven pole positions and has lead close to half of all laps driven.
The car will be operated by Volvo official motorsport partner Polestar Racing AB, who is also both developing and running the same car in STCC. Volvo will race with Ethanol E85 in the tank and will not be eligible to race for points.
The Volvo C30 is a very interesting new 2 door hatchback that was introduced on the US market in 2007. The C30 is the smallest Volvo available to date. It features the maker’s signature design elements in a concentrated shape. If you like Volvo’s curvy body style and over sized rear taillights you will love this car.
Chequered roof or butterflies on the bonnet? A striped car, or why not one covered in polka-dots? 20 more or less daring designs can be chosen by buyers of a new Volvo C30.
Starting April 7, Volvo Cars in Sweden is the first car brand to make it possible for new-car buyers in this Scandinavian country to specify applique film on the bodywork panels of their cars. And the design team really has let its hair down. Zebra patterns and urban panoramas compete with rainbows and wood panelling, flames and clouds.
The applique film, which is removable, is not there just to look good - it also helps protect the car. The film offers guaranteed durability for about two years, after which it is replaced with a new variant or removed completely. The car’s paintwork has in the meantime been spared the rigours of the weather, wind and risk of stone-chip damage.
The applique film, which previously only used to be available on cars for advertising purposes and to special order, is now available for all customers.
Volvo announced pricing for the 400 C30s that will go on sale in April. With a base MSRP of just $25,700 the Limited Edition C30 R-Design brings new levels of style and unique appointments to the smallest and most expressive car in Volvo’s lineup.
At first glance, the C30 R-Design catches the eye with its distinctive exterior enhancements. Premium touches include a matte-silver finish for the outside mirror housings, front grille surround and iconic Volvo grille "strap." To signify that this C30 is truly special, an R-Design badge has been affixed to the grille. Customers can select from four exterior colors: Black Sapphire, Titanium Grey, Orinoco Blue and Passion Red. Sport Body kit, tailgate spoiler, large diameter exhaust tips, etc. are additional exterior enhancements that add to the C30 R-Design’s dynamic personality.
Like the regular production C30, the R-Design delivers an exhilarating driving experience with its turbocharged T5 5-cylinder engine that produces 227-horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,800 to 5,000 rpm.
Volvo unveiled the Red Sox Special Edition C30, a model commissioned by Volvo and Major League Baseball to symbolize the partnership between Volvo and the Boston Red Sox. Available exclusively at select Volvo Retailers in New England, the Boston Red Sox Special Edition C30 equipped with five-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic is priced at $29,465.
Only 107 of the Special Edition C30s will be produced with each car built to commemorate a Red Sox victory during the 2007 season and bearing a numbered dash plaque authenticated by Major League Baseball. The numbered dash plaque indicates which of the 107 victories each individual car represents.
Finished in vibrant Passion Red, Red Sox Special Edition C30s proudly wear the team’s logo on the front fenders while a larger transparent logo is affixed inside the rear glass hatch. The team logo is also featured on the floor mats. In addition, the C30s are authenticated by Major League Baseball through the Major League Baseball Authentication Program.