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Anticipate an Australian arrival approximately
March 2010 for the newly revised Volvo C30.

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23rd September, 2009

The new updated Volvo C30 steps out and shows the model line's potential. This can be seen in the freshened design of the front. It is emphasised by a wide range of options, including an urbane, bold accessory styling kit.

The C30 is thought to appeal to customers who spend most of their time in a city environment and who impose demands on the car's design, driving properties and 'personality'. The Volvo C30 can be configured in an almost unlimited range of variants thanks to a wide selection of drivelines, design details and equipment levels. And the new C30, which made its debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, offers more choice than before.

"Since its introduction in 2006, the Volvo C30 has become highly appreciated for its unique appearance. This applies in particular to the rear. With the new front, it feels as though everything has fallen neatly into place and that the car's entire 'personality' has been boosted to an entirely new level," says Daniel Backman, Product Manager for the new Volvo C30.

"The new exterior is also a better match for the way the C30 drives - challenging, direct and with a whole lot of attitude." continues Daniel Backman.

Major exterior changes

The renewal of the Volvo C30 is more comprehensive than is usually the case with Volvo's models. The entire front has been redesigned, including body panels such as the front guards. This gives the car a new appearance from the front, carving out a distinctive 'personality' which separates the new C30 from the other smaller Volvos, the S40 and V50.

"By integrating greater depth into the design language, the front has become more dramatic and expressive. Along with the angled lines of the front bumper, the new headlamps, drawn offset and up, reinforce the impression of speed and sportiness," says Fedde Talsma, Exterior Chief Designer at Volvo Cars.

In the middle of the front is the new, larger iron mark just as with the other models in the Volvo range. The air intake has also grown in size and resembles the intake in the XC60. The grille has a new pattern used solely on the C30.

p>"The fact that the C30 has enhanced its visual volume and self-confidence is entirely in line with Volvo Cars' design strategy. At the same time, the C30 has a one of a kind expression. The new honeycomb grille, for instance, means it takes just a quick glance in the rear-view mirror to see that the car filling your view is the new Volvo C30," continues Fedde Talsma.

Although the biggest design changes have taken place at the front, the rear also sports the same deep new lines and detailing. The contours are wavier and more dynamic than before. The black plastic panels have been replaced with more body colour lower down, in the same or a contrasting colour, to forge a closer visual contact between the car and the road surface.

The other new exterior features:

  • Elegant and trendy new body colour, Orange Flame Metallic
  • Visible exhaust tailpipe in the T5 and D5 models
  • Two new wheel options - and for the first time, white wheels are available!
  • The option to choose five different colours on the lower trim - the C30 Contrast Colour Collection.

Matching interior updates

The new Volvo C30 also offers a range of new interior options. Among other things, there is now an all-new colour combination known as Espresso/Blond, consisting of a dark brown upper section and a blond, fresh shade on the lower door sides. The blond tone is somewhere between grey and beige and is an expression of Volvo's strong Scandinavian design tradition. The Espresso/Blond interior permits the integration of energetic new highlight colours such as orange, green and blue in the fabrics, as well as a new colour for leather upholster, Cranberry.

"We know that a large proportion, almost half, of all C30 customers make detailed interior choices. They want to decide for themselves what their car should look like and are not interested in readymade packages. The new C30 gives them a range of fresh, modern style cues in terms of both colour and fabric to choose between," explains Maria Uggla, Programme Chief Designer Colour & Trim at Volvo Cars.

"We have also focused on making it easier for customers to match exterior design elements with interior trim in an attractive way, something that has been made that much easier with the new Espresso/Blond colour combination," continues Maria Uggla.

Yet another new feature is the luggage compartment cover in the rear, which uses a new material and a new graphic pattern to further enhance the car's modern image.

New centre stack - Oyster Burst Déco

Volvo's special centre stack is already available in a range of innovative variants. Now another new option is being added, Oyster Burst Déco. Volvo's design team was inspired by the surface texture of the classic Swedish Hagström guitars that enjoyed world renown in the hands of famous entertainers such as Elvis Presley back in the 1950s. Hagström used the word "burst" in many of its model names and gave their guitars a pattern that shifted subtly from light to dark and back again. Just like in the new centre stack of the Volvo C30.

New expressive accessory styling kit

The Volvo C30 also meets the wishes of buyers with a broader car design interest. A youthful new accessory styling kit with a bolder, less polished style gives the C30 even more attitude. The kit includes foglamp décor, a front skidplate, side scuff plates with engraved C30 logo and a rear skidplate with a stylish aluminium look. For D5 and T5 two 90 mm tail pipes in polished stainless steel are added to underline the powerful engine.

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The exterior detailing is complemented by a dramatic interior where the pattern of the floor mats forms a world map. The aluminium centre stack, including inner door handles, is inspired by an ancient nautical chart and a sea adventure map. Its pattern shows longitude and latitude lines as well as dashed direction lines to further emphasise the explorer theme.

New sport chassis

The new optional sport chassis for the Volvo C30 is considerably sharper, with stiffer, more distinct properties than previously. The steering is more precise owing to the installation of stiffer bushings. The steering ratio is lower, giving 10% faster response to steering wheel input. Spring stiffness has been increased by no less than 30% in order to increase the car's poise during enthusiastic driving. The dampers too are stiffer and are now of the exclusive mono-tube type that builds up pressure more quickly. The roll stabilisers are stiffer to reduce any leaning tendency when taking corners. The new sport chassis is available in all C30 versions except for 1.6D DRIVe.

Drivelines - considerable freedom of choice here

The Volvo C30's sporty chassis and steering can be combined with a particularly wide range of drivelines covering the full spectrum of needs from sparkling acceleration and performance to diesel engines with low fuel consumption and environmental impact.

C30 DRIVe with start/stop function

As of mid-2009, the Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe has been available with a start/stop function that switches off the engine when the car is at a standstill, for instance at traffic lights or in a traffic queue or a drive-through environment where delays are often encountered. This cuts fuel consumption to as little as 3.8 l/100 km while carbon dioxide emissions are just 99 g CO2/km.

Engine range, Volvo C30

The figures below are for versions with a manual gearbox running in the combined driving cycle.

 Petrol engines  Power output Fuel consumption  CO2
 T5 (2.5 litres)  230 hp/320 Nm  8.7 l/100 km  203 g/km
 2.4i  170 hp/230 Nm  8.4 l/100 km  200 g/km
 2.0   145 hp/185 Nm  7.4 l/100 km  177 g/km
 2.0F (Flexifuel)  145 hp/185 Nm  7.8 l/100 km  185 g/km
 1.6  100 hp/150 Nm  7.0 l/100 km  167 g/km
 Diesel engines  Power output  Fuel consumption   CO2
 D5 (2.4 litres)  180 hp/400 Nm  6.2 l/100 km  164 g/km
 2.0D  136 hp/320 Nm  5.7 l/100 km  151 g/km
 1.6D DRIVe  109 hp/240 Nm  4.5 l/100 km  119 g/km
 1.6D DRIVe start/stop  109 hp/240 Nm  3.8 l/100 km  99 g/km

Engine facts in brief:

  • All the engines are compact and installed transversely in the engine bay
  • Turbo technology is used in the T5 engine and all diesel engines
  • A six-speed manual gearbox is available for the T5 engine, D5 and 2.0D
  • A five-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic is available for the five-cylinder petrol and diesel engines
  • A six-speed Powershift automatic is available for the 2.0D and 2.0 petrol engines (2.0 petrol only in Asia)
  • A particle filter is standard on all diesel engines
  • The 1.6 DRIVe with start/stop function has extremely low fuel consumption, 3.8 litres per 100 km

A few facts: the number of possible combinations, new Volvo C30

  • The new Volvo C30 is available with a choice of 13 different exterior body colours and with the lower spoilers in five different colours. All told, there is a choice of 49 exterior combinations (previously 13 combinations)
  • If the 11 different aluminium wheels are added, the customer now has 529 possibilities of ordering a unique car
  • The 27 upholstery choices (previously 15) now make 14,553 combination possibilities
  • A choice of 4 decor inlays in the centre stack increases the range of combinations to 58,212
  • Being able to specify the car with or without a rear spoiler doubles the number of configurations to 116,424
  • The customer can specify a roof hatch - or not. The available variants have now increased to 232,848
  • The C30 is available with eleven different drivelines (manual/automatic transmission included), making 2,561,328 possible combinations
  • What is more, the Volvo C30 can be equipped with a choice of three different audio systems, a variety of safety and security functions, parking assistance, Bluetooth and so on to suit customer wishes
  • All in all, there are so many unique variants that some-one at Volvo estimates that if every single person (no, not unmarried people, Volvo mean each person rather than single people - Editor) in Britain - about 60 million people - were to order a new Volvo C30, no two cars would have to be alike, just like the Kia Soul and many other cars!

Australian availability

Local specifications will be announced in due course. The Australian release of the new Volvo C30 is expected in March 2009.


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