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Volvo C30

 

The Paris motor show ? Mondial de l?Automobile ? generally throws up a number of new offerings or radical concepts from the domestic French automakers, PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Renault. This year was no exception, but of far more interest was the long-awaited new Volvo, the C30 compact.

The C30 is expected to contribute significantly to the revival of Volvo?s fortunes, which have gone into decline in recent years due to the lack of new models. Although the XC90 luxury SUV is still selling well, and the face-lift S80 has been generally well received, these are, by definition, niche models appealing only to a relatively limited section of the market. The C30, the Swedish manufacturer anticipates, will significantly raise its volumes.

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A three-door hatchback, the C30 is Volvo?s first foray into the small car segment since the end of production of the exceedingly tedious 340 of the Eighties, which in itself was based on a DAF design and was built in Holland.

Project director of the C30, H?kan Abrahamsson explains: ?The compact format of the C30 has not prevented us from integrating much of what is best in the larger Volvo models,? he said. ?Even the smallest Volvo should provide the right premium feel, in all respects. This applies not only to the appearance and the impression of quality, but just as much to how it is to drive and use. Our intention is that the C30 should attract people who love driving.?

There is a wide range of engines on offer for the new car, although inevitably, they will not all be available in south-east Asia. The smallest gasoline motor is a 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder unit, producing a meager 100 bhp (74 kW), while top-of-the-line is a 2.5, 5-cylinder turbo chucking out a healthy 220 bhp. There are also three diesel motors available.

Despite its compact dimensions, the C30 offers a comfortable and flexible interior. Seating for four adults and ample storage space is provided, while the seat backs in the rear fold individually. These can be folded from either inside the car or from the glass tailgate.

The audio system is, says H?kan Abrahamsson, ?one of the very best factory-fitted systems in the world?. Three levels of audio are available: a 4x20W amplifier with four speakers; a 4x40W amp with eight speakers; or a digital class D amplifier from Alpine, an output of 5x130W, Dolby Pro Logic Surround and ten Danish Dynaudio speakers. And all this in a relatively small internal space.

On the road, the C30 has impeccable manners and in most markets dynamic stability and traction control will be standard. Steering is electro-hydraulic on all models except the 1.6 gasoline version, while a relatively long wheelbase for a car of this size, gives excellent handling and a well-controlled ride.

Safety has long been a Volvo by-word and to produce a small car that was anything but safe would have been unthinkable.

?Although the C30 is 22 centimeters shorter than the S40, it has the same safety level as its sedan sibling,? says Abrahamsson. ?The body structure is designed in the same way to contribute to controlled deformation, and the inner protective systems are similar.?

The front of the vehicle is divided into zones that are made of different grades of steel with different deformation characteristics, to distribute and absorb impact energy in an effective manner.

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Dual-stage front airbags are fitted, as are belt tensioners on all four seats. Side airbags and full-length air curtains prevent serious injury in the event of a side impact. Volvo?s unique whiplash protection system is incorporated into the front seat headrests to reduce the risk of neck injury.

Volvo anticipates selling around 65,000 of the C30 annually, the majority to European customers. The intention is to sell three out of every four C30s to customers that do not currently own a Volvo, broadening the marque?s appeal.

 

 

 
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