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A couple of years ago, it was rumored that Volvo would be expanding its 30 family with a new crossover version called the XC30. This may still be the case, but it looks like we’ll be getting another addition before the XC30 ever makes it to the table. These recent spy shots show a new V30 model that is being considered a 4 door version of the current C30. The vehicle was caught testing in Holland for its first time and, strangely enough, it was driving around in Amsterdam where it was seen at McDonalds during a break. Hey, the drivers need to eat too.

The XC30 prototype caught testing was wearing heavy camo, but you can easily notice that the front end is sleeker and more like the S60 then the current C30. Rear lights also look very sculptured.

As for the engine line-up, it is rumored that the V30 will be the first car to get Volvo’s new range of modular four-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engines, but with capacities no bigger than 2.0 liter.

Expect the V30 to debut in late 2012 or early 2013 as a competitor for models like the Volkswagen Golf.

 

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2013 Volvo C30 Polestar Limited Edition

2013 Volvo C30 Polestar Limited Edition

The Volvo C30 debuted for the 2008 model year and gave Volvo buyers something that they have craved for years – a sporty model. In its base format, the C30 pumps out a stout 227 horsepower from its 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine. Though it was relatively powerful, Volvo felt it needed a little bit more by developing a Polestar version of this hot hatchback.

We first caught a glimpse of the C30 Polestar concept way back in 2010 and we expected to see a production model shortly after, but it never happened. This 2010 concept boasted a 450-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, leaving the sky as the limit with the production model.

Finally, after two years of development, Volvo has announced that it will release a limited number of production C30 Polestars to the public. Along with this announcement comes a press release showing off its features and, more importantly, its specifications.

The question hanging over the head of this new arrival in big bold letters is “Can it live up to the hype?” We definitely do not expect 450 ponies from this 3-door Polestar hatchback, but it still has some pretty big shoes to fill.

UPDATE 10/30/12: The Volvo C30 Polestar Edition was spotted at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show! It definitely caught us by surprise, we’ll tell you that. But seeing it there has convinced us that this sports car deserves to be in the company of all those sick machines.

To find out if Volvo hit a homerun or struck out with the C30 Polestar Limited Edition, click past the jump.

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2013 Volvo V30

2013 Volvo V30

A couple of years ago, it was rumored that Volvo would be expanding its 30 family with a new crossover version called the XC30. This may still be the case, but it looks like we’ll be getting another addition before the XC30 ever makes it to the table. These recent spy shots show a new V30 model that is being considered a 4 door version of the current C30. The vehicle was caught testing in Holland for its first time and, strangely enough, it was driving around in Amsterdam where it was seen at McDonalds during a break. Hey, the drivers need to eat too.

The XC30 prototype caught testing was wearing heavy camo, but you can easily notice that the front end is sleeker and more like the S60 then the current C30. Rear lights also look very sculptured.

As for the engine line-up, it is rumored that the V30 will be the first car to get Volvo’s new range of modular four-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engines, but with capacities no bigger than 2.0 liter.

Expect the V30 to debut in late 2012 or early 2013 as a competitor for models like the Volkswagen Golf.

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2011 Volvo C30 Black Design

2011 Volvo C30 Black Design

Swedish automaker Volvo has never been one to promote performance over style. Actually, they have never been one for flashiness either. What the company takes seriously, though, is automotive safety. On this end, few can question their standing as one of the world’s safest cars.

But every so often, Volvo goes a different route - ’naughty’, as they once called it. This time, though, they’ve decided to give one of their models - the C30 - a more up-scale treatment.

Called the "Black Design" edition, this limited run C30 only has 600 units and is only available in Italy. It’s got enough exterior upgrades to drive up the car’s overall design, which if we’re honest, is actually one of the nicer ones in its class.

But before people start drooling over what appears to be plenty of carbon fiber used on the Black Design, you guys need to know that the material isn’t exactly carbon fiber.

What is it? Well, head over after the jump and find out.

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2011 Volvo C30 DRIVe WTCC

2011 Volvo C30 DRIVe WTCC

Volvo will be entering the World Touring Car Championship with a C30 DRIVe model in 2011. The company will participate in all races with one Volvo C30 DRIVe racer driven by Robert Dahlgren. However, the 2011 season will just be an evaluation, as the official entry will be made in 2012.

"We are very happy and proud for this vote of confidence. This will be a challenge for us but we have prepared for this for several years. Our organization is in place and we have already started with preparations" says Christian Dahl, Managing Director for Polestar Racing. "Volvo has a solid touring car racing tradition and we see a potential now for converting this into a global commercial tool from 2012 through WTCC. It is vital the technical and commercial aspects of the series align with our ambitions and this is what Polestar is out to confirm for us in 2011."

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo recalls cars over faulty transmission

Volvo recalls cars over faulty transmission

Volvo and safety have gone hand in hand for years, but the Swedish automaker has announced a big recall. It will cover three model lines, including the C30, the S40, and the V50. All three of these models being recalled are from the 2010 model year.

According to Volvo, the recall only included the C30, V50, and S40 models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Putting a manual in the V50 and S40 seems a bit odd and, as you would imagine, not many Volvo owners have one. We would imagine that there are more C30 manuals than the other two combined. The total number of cars recalled is around 536.

The gearshift level stub assembly may not have been properly tightened at the factory. This could cause the gearshift level cable or stud to come loose. If this happens while driving, it may not be possible to shift gears. As you could imagine, this would not be good. On the plus side, the problem shouldn’t cause any accidents.

Dealers will fix the affected vehicles by tightening the gearshift level stud assembly, hopefully free of charge. Owners will be notified by the end of the month. No accidents or injuries have occurred because of the problem.

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Volvo C30 Electric ready for delivery

Volvo C30 Electric ready for delivery

Volvo announced today that the C30 Electric is ready for delivery and that the first deliveries will be made this autumn. This is a fleet of ten experimental cars that are equipped with advanced measuring instruments. The selected users of this test fleet will drive the vehicles for a two year period to provide Volvo with the details of their driving experience. This is the next step in Volvo’s ongoing attempt for a production version of the Recharge Concept that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.

The Volvo C30 Electric is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is charged from a regular mains power socket. A completely depleted battery takes about eight hours to recharge. With the batteries topped off, the Electric C30 can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 11 seconds while the BEV’s top speed is up around 81 MPH. If the car is recharged using electricity from renewable sources, travel is virtually free from carbon dioxide emissions. The electrified C30 has a range of 94 miles and has no gears which means that the motor’s power is delivered seamlessly. And because of the electric motors, gobs of torque are available instantaneously.

Press release after the jump.

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Autocar takes a look at the Volvo C30 Polestar concept

Autocar takes a look at the Volvo C30 Polestar concept

The Volvo C30 Polestar concept is a car that comes with a lot of expectations from a lot of people. Granted, the hype won’t be settled until after we see it out on the road, but thanks to Autocar, we’re getting an early look on what people are saying about Volvo’s emphatic answer to the Ford Focus RS.

Ironically enough, both the C30 Polestar and the new Focus RS come with the same 2.5-liter Volvo T5 engine, although Volvo will be quick to point out that their version has been quasi-tweaked to beat anything and everything the Focus RS can offer, including a 0-60mph time of just 4.6 seconds.

Whether there’s truth to that will be answered as soon as the car is released. In the meantime, check out Autocar’s test run of the C30 Polestar to get a closer look at the car the Focus RS should begin worrying about.

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Video: A comprehensive walk-through of the Volvo Polestar C30

Video: A comprehensive walk-through of the Volvo Polestar C30

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Obscenely long name nothwithstanding, the Polestar Performance Volvo C30 Performance Concept Prototype is one tasty vehicle, not just because it’s been tuned up to appease the inner race car driver in all of us, but because the finished product is actually better than any of us expected given that it is, after all, a Volvo.

To make sure that we get to know the prototype racer to a tee, the folks from Volvo, together with their counterparts from Polestar Performance, have released a walk-through video of the souped-up C30. This video describes every painstaking detail of the Volvo courtesy of Derek Crabb, Volvo’s vice president of powertrain engineering and the executive director of motorsports engineering, and Christian Dahl, managing director of Polestar.

Needless to say, both men offer some pretty insightful takes on the car, most of which should give Volvo enthusiasts a taste of what it would feel like to sit behind the wheel of the tuned-up C30.

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Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv

Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv

Heico Sportiv specializes in tuning Volvo cars and has done so since 1997, so it isn;t surprising that they have unveiled a new customization program for the new Volvo C30. The new kit is based on accentuating the car’s design and improving driving dynamics and performance although, in Yoda terms, exhaustive in components, it is not.

The new components are simple in number. They are made in reinforced polyurethane plastic and consist of a new rear skirt with exhaust system. The exhaust is made up of 120x74 mm diameter stainless steel end pipes that are matte-polished.

The tuner is also offering an individually calibrated combination of rear valence and exhaust system – including an additional muffler and unique sound guarantee from five cylinders for the high end engines T5/D5.

Compared to previous tuned up models of the Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv, this one is a tad on the lazy side. Not much is done to the original automobile leaving an image of an unfinished model.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype

Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype

Volvo and Polestar performance have teamed up for the past fifteen years and created some fine cars to race out on the track including the Volvo C30 that was last seen winning the Swedish Touring Car Championship, but it seems that these partners-in-crime have decided that it was time to go to the streets. Polestar Performance announced it will unveil the C30 Concept Prototype at the Gothenburg Motor show that will be held from April 22-25. With the Volvo C30 Polestar Concept Prototype, Polestar aimed to build further on the strong driving characteristics of the standard C30 and at the same time illustrate the link between the racing cars and the Polestar Performance products. The team tackled this assignment with a renewed excitement that one can only get from building a street car with a racing design that is not held up to specific racing regulations.

The C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype is powered by a 2.5-liter T5 engine featuring a larger intercooler and a KKK 26 turbocharger. The output has been raised to an impressive 405 HP and 510 NM of torque.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volvo C30 STCC

2010 Volvo C30 STCC

Volvo will enter the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) with a C30 driven by Robert Dahlgren. He says the C30 STCC is the fastest Volvo he has ever driven.

The car is based on the facelift version of the C30, but with improved rear suspension, engine, and aerodynamics. "We’ve gone over every single aspect of the new car - front and rear suspension, engine and aerodynamics. We want to be absolutely sure of all the improvements, and also to confirm the reliability of all the new and revised components," says Christian Dahl, Team Manager for the Volvo Polestar team.

Volvo and Polestar have had success on the racetrack before. In 2009, they had the fastest times in all of the qualifying sessions and succeeded in winning half of the heats. This year, they have extended their testing program to secure victories for the 2010 STCC and have already clocked in 3000 kilometers of track testing.

Follow the jump for a video of the Volvo C30 STCC and the press release.

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Volvo and Polestar Racing to develop racing prototype of C30

Volvo and Polestar Racing to develop racing prototype of C30

When you think about high-performance race cars, the name ‘Volvo’ doesn’t usually pop up in discussions. As one of the world’s most conservative car brands, Volvo doesn’t really elicit thoughts of race cars the same way Ferrari or Porsche does.

Yet despite not being considered a popular racing brand, Volvo is far from being a pushover when it comes to car racing. As a matter of fact, the brand’s Swedish Touring Car Team is a defending champ in its racing league.

That being said, Volvo and its racing partner ‘Polestar Performance’ have developed a new racing prototype that’s based on the Volvo C30 with a goal of building a car that boasts just about everything a true-blooded race car driver wants on their car including performance, reliability, and speed.

The prototype C30 comes with a 400-horsepower engine, an all-wheel drive system, and aerodynamic features that were taken from race car data that came from Polestar themselves.

Robert Dahlgren, Polestar’s race and development driver, was geeked up by the thought of seeing a C30 get the full racing treatment. “We love the Volvo C30 - it’s a great car with huge potential for development with its low weight and low centre of gravity,” he said. “It’s also a fantastic road car. But now we go much further by combining the road car with cutting edge racing technology."

For those of you that are intrigued by how this Volvo C30 racing prototype comes out, you won’t have to wait long because the car is scheduled to be unveiled at the Gothenburg Motor Show in a few weeks time (April 22).

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Volvo XC30 to Arrive in 2012

Volvo XC30 to Arrive in 2012

Two years ago, we began hearing rumors about Volvo creating a soft-roader with the inner workings of the Volvo C30 and the styling of the Volvo XC60. After being in the pipeline for so long, those rumors were finally confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show by Volvo’s President for Overseas Corporate Strategy, Lex Kerssemakers. He says, "There will be some further expansion of the XC range in the near future."

Generally speaking, society is becoming more environmentally and economically conscious. The trends that we have seen with cars such as the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 are that of a market wanting more for less. The photo shown here is a rendering of what the Volvo XC 30 might eventually look like. Starting off as a 3-door and possibly moving to a 5-door, this compact crossover shows us that the days of those big, heavy SUVs - along with their ridiculous gas mileage - just might be a thing of the past.

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2010 Volvo Electric C30

2010 Volvo Electric C30

The Swedish automaker Volvo is set to unveil a complete battery electric Volvo C30 this January at the 2010 North American Auto Show in Detroit. The all new zero emissions vehicle will have a range of 150 km and is Volvo’s next step towards a production version of their Recharge concept car. The safety conscious car builder is currently preparing a test fleet consisting of at least 50 electric Volvo C30s which will be used as real world test beds starting in 2011.

The electric C30 is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery pack that can be recharged via either a standard household outlet or a special high capacity roadside charging station. A fill up will take about eight hours, but will be reduced when connected with a high speed charging station. With the batteries topped off, the Electric C30 can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 11 seconds while the BEV’s top speed is up around 81 MPH. The electrified C30 has a range of 94 miles and has no gears which means that the motor’s power is delivered seamlessly, and because of the electric motors gobs of torque are available instantaneously.

UPDATE 06/11/2010: Volvo announced today that the C30 Electric is ready for delivery and that the first deliveries will be made this autumn. This is a fleet of ten experimental cars that are equipped with advanced measuring instruments. The selected users of this test fleet will drive the vehicles for a two year period to provide Volvo with the details of their driving experience.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Volvo C30 T5 and C30 T5 R-Design prices announced

2011 Volvo C30 T5 and C30 T5 R-Design prices announced

Volvo today announced prices for the 2011 C30 and C30 R-design. The C30 will go on sale at a price of $24,600, while the sporty C50 T5 R-Design starts at just $26,950.

For 2011 the C30 gets a soft nose, front fenders, grille, headlights and lower front spoiler, a larger Volvo iron mark and also larger air intake. For the R-Design version most of the modifications has been made under the skin: steering ratio is lower, spring stiffness has been increased by 30%, and there is also a new sport chassis . Both models come with a turbocharged 227 hp inline 5-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Volvo’s new ’New Moon’ commercial

With the up-coming launch of the much-ballyhooed second installment of the Twilight saga, ‘New Moon,’ the stars of the film are quickly ramping up promotional and marketing efforts to get people to watch the movie. Now, you might think that when we say ‘stars’, we’d be talking about Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart, right?

Not exactly.

In this commercial by Volvo, the Swedish car company – and also the official car for the movie – releases a trailer of sorts to promote the new movie. The only thing different about this one from the other New Moon trailers is that Volvo is promoting the movies’ ‘other stars’, in particular, the Volvo C30 and XC60.

Apparently, Volvo thinks that being associated with pale-skinned vampires would be reason enough for people to come watch the movie.

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2010 Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv

2010 Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv

The new Volvo C30 has been modified by Heico Sportiv, making it more attractive in all its aspects. The tuning package is applied for the C30 1.6D DRIVe.

After reprogramming the ECU the engine delivers a total of 125 bhp and maximum torque of 280 Nm. With this modifications, the C30 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.2 seconds - faster with 2,1 seconds than the standard model.

The tuner has also made a few modifications to the front and the rear: the Heico Sportiv front spoiler made of fiber-strengthened polyurethane replaces the original lower base section of the bumper.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volvo C30 BEV

2010 Volvo C30 BEV

Fresh off of the release of the all new Volvo C30 hatchback, the safety conscious Swedish automaker is also planning on producing an electric vehicle version of the new car. The electric Volvo will be known as the C30 Battery Electric Vehicle and will be powered exclusively by batteries feeding electric motors which will result in absolutely zero emissions and give the Volvo C30 BEV a range of up to 150 kilometers.

Volvo has already built a handful of the BEVs in order to conduct internal testing with the electric vehicles and advance their development of a plug in hybrid Volvo that is set to debut sometime in 2012. The Volvo C30 BEV is currently powered by a highly efficient Lithium-ion battery that can be recharged through a regular A/C power outlet, and after eight hours of storing juice is ready to travel up to 150 kilometers, perfect for the everyday commute to work or even a quiet and carefree Sunday drive. The C30 BEV is limited to 130 km/h and sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 11 seconds.

Volvo feels that electricity is the fuel of the future and that zero emissions highways are what the next generation of new car buyers will be looking for. By combining an environmentally friendly power train with a stylish hatchback body, the Swedish automaker feels that the 2010 Volvo C30 BEV is the car of the future.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volvo C30 R-Design

2010 Volvo C30 R-Design

After the Swedish automaker Volvo unveiled the 2010 C30, the safety conscious car builder has also taken the wraps off of the new C30 R-Design, an iteration of the Volvo hatchback intended for those consumers who are looking for a much sportier ride, and they will be able to get their first look at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show before the car goes on sale early in 2010.

When designing the new C30 R-Design, Volvo’s engineers paid special attention to the C30’s structure and steering hidden underneath the hot hatch’s five spoke Cratus wheels. The driver inputs are now much more precise thanks to the installation of stiffer bushings and a 10% quicker steering rack ratio. The C30 R-Design has a firmer ride thanks to 30% stiffer springs in the suspension to promote the car’s poise for enthusiastic driving. The new mono tube shock absorbers have been stiffened as well in order to match the new coils and were chosen for their ability to build up pressure much more quickly. Even the car’s sway bars have been stiffened in order to reduce any tendency for the C30 to lean into corners.

The new sport chassis has made the C30 R-Design a better balanced and much more agile car. Driving feel is more distinct and feedback from the wheels are much more precise, promoting a more engaging experience when behind the wheel.

The sporty C50 T5 R-Design starts at just $26,950.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volvo C30

2010 Volvo C30

Volvo will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the facelift version of the C30 hatchback. The new C30 comes with new exterior design, on both front and rear, and with a wide range of options, including an urbane, bold accessory styling kit.

At the front Volvo added new front bumper, the new headlamps, larger iron mark and also larger air intake, the black plastic panels have been replaced with more body colour lower down, in the same or a contrasting color, to forge a closer visual contact between the car and the road surface.

Also new for the C30 is a new optional sport chassis: it is considerably sharper, with stiffer, more distinct properties than previously. The new sport chassis is available in all C30 versions except for 1.6D DRIVe.

The 2011 C30 will go on sale starting at $24,600.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo will bring an electric C30 to Frankfurt

Volvo will bring an electric C30 to Frankfurt

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.

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2009 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe R-Design

2009 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe R-Design

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.

Press release after the jump.

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Volvo C30 T5 by Lexmaul

Volvo C30 T5 by Lexmaul

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.

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Volvo confirms C30 with 300 hp

Volvo confirms C30 with 300 hp

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.

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Volvo small crossover coming in 2010

Volvo small crossover coming in 2010

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.

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2008 Volvo C30 Green Racer

2008 Volvo C30 Green Racer

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.

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2008 volvo C30

2008 volvo C30

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.

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Customize your Volvo C30

Customize your Volvo C30

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.

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Volvo C30 R-Design pricing announced

Volvo C30 R-Design pricing announced

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.

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2008 Volvo Red Sox Special Edition C30

2008 Volvo Red Sox Special Edition C30

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.

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2008 Volvo C30 R-Design

2008 Volvo C30 R-Design

Volvo announced today the company will introduce R-Design for the C30, S40, V50 and XC90. The R-Design models will be available in 10 exterior colors, and the R-Design badge in the grille is accompanied by a range of specially designed exterior and interior details.

Models will be offered with sporty 17 inch and 18 inch wheels; 19 inch and 20 inch wheels will be available on XC90 R-Design.

Inside the cars (C30, S40 and V50) there are seats in off-black Vulcaflex with the seat cushion and backrest in contrasting cream-colored leather. Other R-Design interior details include a leather-trimmed steering wheel with R-Design logo, the unique R-inspired instrument cluster, aluminum sport pedals, specially designed aluminum center stack and door inlays, gear selector with aluminum inlay and tufted dark sport floor mats with contrasting light leather seams.

Press release after jump.

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2008 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 R-Design

2008 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 R-Design

The R-design package for the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 includes a choice between 10 exterior colours and the R-design badge in the grille is accompanied by a range of specially designed exterior and interior details.

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Playboy Crowns the Hottest Cars of 2008

Playboy Crowns the Hottest Cars of 2008

Which cars will be turning heads on the street this year? According to Playboy’s "2008 Cars of the Year," a high-performance hybrid surges past competitors, a European import squeezes to the top, and a luxury carmaker provides one of the most fuel efficient and affordable vehicles on the road.

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Volvo C50 coming at the end of 2008

Volvo C50 coming at the end of 2008

The C50 is a five-doors version of the Volvo C30. It will be unveiled at the end of 2008 and will compete with BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 Sportback. The C59 will go on sale in early 2009, costing around £500 more than the three-door version.

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Volvo C30 D5 by MR Sweden

Volvo C30 D5 by MR Sweden

Volvo will unveil the C3 D5 customized by MR Sweden at the 2007 SEMA Show. The kit includes aerodynamic modification, power update and Lübecker sports air filter.

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2007 Volvo C30 Flexifuel STCC

2007 Volvo C30 Flexifuel STCC

Volvo Car Corporation has decided to develop a completely new racing car and to continue its work with bioethanol (E85) and Green Racing in the STCC (Swedish Touring Car Championship) for three more years.

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2007 Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv

2007 Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv

A surf-pattern exterior, a stunning orange dream interior and 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. The special-version Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv is ready to go to Las Vegas and the SEMA show.

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Top ten most anticipated 2008 luxury cars

Top ten most anticipated 2008 luxury cars

What do all this models have in comun? Maybe that they are luxury cars, or maybe expensive. No, is not that. The only thing they have in comun is this: they are not on sale yet, but they have a very long waiting list.
These cars have a big impact on the brands they represent — more than likely, an impact out of proportion to the expected sales volumes — and most of them, like the high-performance, 2008 BMW M3, are new versions of an existing model name. This illustrates an age-old, auto (...)

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Volvo announces pricing of its 2008 model lineup

Volvo announces pricing of its 2008 model lineup

Volvo has announced today pricing for its 2008 model year lineup. The 2008 Volvo vehicle line has undergone enhancements to its model mix along with the introduction of the exciting C30. Other highlights include the addition of the new T6 turbocharged engine in the S80 luxury sedan, while the S40 sport sedan and V50 sportwagon receive major appearance updates and a bump in horsepower from 218 to 227.
Later in 2007 Volvo will announce pricing for the all-new V70 and XC70 wagons. (...)

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Volvo C30 pricing announced

Volvo C30 pricing announced

Anticipation is growing as Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA) today announced pricing of the exciting new Volvo C30. With a starting price of just $22,700* for the well-equipped C30 Version 1.0 and $25,700* for the C30 Version 2.0, buyers will have plenty of opportunities to exercise their Free Will when the car goes on sale this October.

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Volvo is asking you: how much will you pay for the C30?

Volvo is asking you: how much will you pay for the C30?

Volvo announced pricing for the new C30 on March 8. The price for the base model is $24,970 for the base model and $28,270 loaded, not including a $695 destination charge. But on March 14, prices were $23,154 and $26,214. On March 22 the base price was $21,565 and the loaded price $24,415.
In all cases, the base model included a 218-hp turbo-five engine, six-speed manual transmission and 17-inch wheels.
Now, Volvo is trying an innovative form of market research. Shoppers are being invited (...)

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 Volvo C30 on the top of medium class

Volvo C30 on the top of medium class

0Volvo C30 tops readers’ choice in “The best cars of 2007”0
The new Volvo C30 continues a series of successes: In the readers’ choice feature “Die besten Autos 2007” (“The best cars of 2007”) of the renowned German trade journal “auto motor und sport” the Swedish manufacturer’s first compact model came way out on top in the lower medium import class.
The new Volvo S80 also achieved an outstanding result, coming second in the upper medium import class. In the competition, which goes back 31 years, (...)

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Volvo C30 Hybrid Concept on the way

Volvo C30 Hybrid Concept on the way

According to AutoBild, Volvo is working on a hybrid version for the compact Volvo C30. The concept car will be unveiled in the autumn of 2007, in Shanghai.
The Volvo C30 Hybrid Concept will be powered by a diesel engine combined with a plug-in battery that will allow the car to run 45 miles before the diesel engine will be used.

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5 new models customized by Heico at Essen Motor Show

5 new models customized by Heico at Essen Motor Show

HEICO SPORTIV, the internationally recognized Volvo tuner, presents its Volvo creations prior to the official market introduction. German premier at the Essen Motorshow. The Essen Motorshow (30th November - 10th December 2006) is the highlight of the European tuning industry and the most important exhibition event for HEICO SPORTIV. This is a good reason to come with 5 cars and to have a solid impact.
0First at HEICO SPORTIV. The new C300
The top attraction is the HEICO HS3 D5, based on (...)

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The Volvo C30 Early Look

The Volvo C30 Early Look

Volvo bring in the new C30

The new Volvo C30, is this a move in a different direction.

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Volvo XC90 and C30 Voted Auto Trophy Winners

Volvo XC90 and C30 Voted Auto Trophy Winners

Volvo Car Corporation was successful among the 2006 Auto Trophy winners. The Volvo XC90 captured its fifth trophy in the import ranking for SUV’s and off-road vehicles and the Volvo C30, participating in the competition for the first time, won the import ranking for compact cars this year. Over 350 vehicles in 27 categories vied for the votes of Auto Zeitung readers in the magazine’s 19th annual Auto Trophy competition. Steven Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer of Volvo Car Corporation, (...)

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"Golden Steering Wheel" for Volvo C30 and CL-Class

"Golden Steering Wheel" for Volvo C30 and CL-Class

The “Golden Steering Wheel 2006”, presented by the German Sunday newspaper “Bild am Sonntag” is one of the most coveted automotive honours in Europe.
Almost a third of all readers of Germany’s largest-circulation Sunday paper voted for the CL-Class as the best new arrival in the coupé category, putting it in first place by a clear margin.
The new Mercedes-Benz CL-Class came onto the market this autumn, and the award of the Golden Steering Wheel marks the culmination of a tradition of (...)

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Volvo is expanding its range of bioethanol-powered FlexiFuel cars

Volvo is expanding its range of bioethanol-powered FlexiFuel cars

Volvo Cars is launching FlexiFuel models powered by renewable bioethanol on several European markets this autumn. The green model range is also being extended and even Volvo’s new C30 will be offered with eco-optimised FlexiFuel power.
0Eight new markets0
“Interest in ethanol as a vehicle fuel is growing in Europe,” says Gerry Keaney, Senior Vice President Market, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars. “We are therefore expanding our range with additional models on a total of 9 markets. (...)

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The World's Most Beautiful Automobile for 2006

The World’s Most Beautiful Automobile for 2006

The 14th edition of "L’Automobile più Bella del Mondo" competition took place at the Arena Civica in Milan, Italy, on 27th October. And the winners were: City cars and compact cars Mini Cooper Mid-size hatchback cars Volvo C30 Mid-size sedans Volvo S80 Limousine Bentley Continental GTC Coupe (...)

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Volvo C30 to be sold in USA

Volvo C30 to be sold in USA

Volvo Cars has announced that it will bring the C30 to the U.S. market no earlier than the 2008 model year. The announcement comes just nine months after the C30 Design Concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in early 2006.
The C30’s primary markets will be in Europe, with the largest markets being Italy, the U.K. Germany and Spain. Volvo Cars estimates global sales of the C30 at 65,000 units annually. Pricing and volume expectations for the U.S.-bound C30 have (...)

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2007 Volvo C30

2007 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.

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Volvo C30 in Milan

Volvo C30 in Milan

The latest model from Volvo, the 2007 C30 was caught in real life in Milan, Italy.
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.

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Volvo C30 - First Official Photos

Volvo C30 - First Official Photos

The first official photos of the 2007 Volvo C30 have surfaced on the internet. The car is supposed to be launched at the Paris Motor Show in September. More info and images after jump...

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Volvo C 30 : Spy Shots

Volvo C 30 : Spy Shots

At the recent Detroit Motor Show, the Ford-owned Volvo had a concept car of the upcoming new C 30 on display. Here are now photos of the production version in cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle on a frozen lake.

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2006 Volvo C30

2006 Volvo C30

A sporty two-door concept car, which goes on show at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Moreover, it will provide a strong indication of the design of an exciting, new smaller Volvo C30 model it will launch at the Paris Motor Show in September.

The Volvo C30 Design Concept is a sporty two-door, four-seater with a glass tailgate. The sleek, modern look is exhibited in a contrasting combination of two colours; Quite White and Very Bronze. The design clearly reflects several elements from the Volvo Safety Concept Car.

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