Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Volvo C30 (2012)

The Volvo C30 is a small family car produced by Volvo Cars. The C30 is a three-door, four-seat shooting brake hatchback powered by straight-4 and straight-5 engines. The car is a hatchback version of the S40/V50/C70 range, and uses the same Ford C1 (or Volvo P1) platform. It is being marketed as a premium hatchback or a sports coupe specially designed for first-time Volvo buyers and the youth market. Production is expected to be 65,000 units a year, 75% for sale in the European market. The production car was officially unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.

The exterior design of the C30 is based on the 2001 SCC concept car, which was inspired by the 1800ES, the estate adaptation of the P1800 Coupe. It also shares many design cues with the Volvo 480, particularly the 'sportback' body style and glass tailgate. According to Simon Lamarre, chief studio designer, "the 1800ES has become one of the icons for Volvo," inspiring the design of the Volvo C30. The interior design is similar to the S40 and V50; the majority of parts including the instrument panel, 'floating' centre stack and steering wheel are shared by the three cars.

Class                    Small family car
Body style            3-door hatchback
Platform               Volvo P1 platform
Engine                  Petrol: 1.6 L
                            I4 1.8 L
                            I4 1.8 L Flexifuel
                            I4 2.0 L
                            I4 2.4 L
                            I5 2.5 L turbocharged I5
                            Diesel: 1.6 L
                            I4 2.0 L
                            I4 2.4 L I5
Transmission        5- or 6-speed manual
                           5-speed automatic
                           6-speed PowerShift
Wheelbase          2,640 mm (103.9 in)
Length                 207–2010: 4,252 mm (167.4 in)
                           2011–: 4,266 mm (168.0 in)
Width                  1,782 mm (70.2 in)
Height                 1,447 mm (57.0 in)
Curb weight        1,331 kg (2,930 lb)-1,347 kg (2,970 lb)
Price                   $24,950 

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