First photos of the new Volvo C30

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The first pictures of one of this year’s most talked about debutants – the new sporty two-door Volvo C30 – have been released by the Volvo Car Corporation.

The new Volvo C30, with its sporty design, two doors, four individual seats and a glass tailgate, has been given a unique character that will attract new Volvo buyers. The 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.

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 Steve Mattin.

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 Håkan Abrahamsson, who heads the C30 project.

Range of engines from 75 to 220 hp
The new Volvo C30 has a wide selection of engines, ranging from a 75 kW, four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol engine, a clean and efficient four-cylinder, 1.6-litre diesel with 82 kW to the five-cylinder D5 and T5 turbo engines, providing 136 and 162 kW respectively.

At 425 cm, the C30 is the smallest member of Volvo’s model range – 22 cm shorter than the Volvo S40.

“A car that exudes muscular maneuverability 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 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 5 x 130 W 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 Arp.

C30 to make South African debut
The C30 will be a main attraction at the 2006 Auto Africa automotive exhibition at Nasrec, Johannesburg, in October, followed shortly thereafter by another display at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, where Volvo Car South Africa is a vehicle sponsor.

The South African media launch of the new C30 is planned for early 2007.