New Volvo C30 released
Volvo C30 DRIVe
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design
10th May, 2010
New Volvo C30 hits the ground running with more dramatic
styling, ultra-efficient DRIVe model and a sporty new T5 R-Design variant.
- Dramatic new styling
- Low-emission, highly efficient DRIVe variant
- R-Design model even sportier
- Two diesel, two petrol engines
- Emergency Brake Lights standard across range
From its introduction in Australia during 2007, the compact Volvo C30 has slowing been earning
sales. It has carved out a niche as a car that defies convention and applauds individuality.
Now, the two-door Volvo is even more distinctively styled, gaining an all-new frontal appearance that
provides a counterpoint to the C30's signature rear end.
This gives the C30 even more road presence, with a larger Volvo iron mark in the new honeycomb grille
emphasising the visual volume that expresses Volvo's new found confidence evident in latest generation
Volvos such as the XC60, S80, V70 and XC70.
According to Fedde Talsma, exterior chief designer at Volvo Car Corporation, "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."
The all-new headlights sweep gracefully up into the new front mudguards with bold outer air vents
contributing to the extroverted, dramatic look. Two new alloy wheel options - 16 inch Convector and 17
inch Styx White - are added, as is dramatic Orange Flame metallic and Lime Grass Green paintwork to the
C30's colour pallet.
Although the design elements of the C30's rear-end remain, Volvo's designers have injected additional
drama with more curvaceous contours and a new bumper featuring lower-set black panels that visually
bring the body closer to the road surface.
Interior revisions reinforce the C30's Scandinavian heritage and provide buyers with an infinite
range of colour combinations.
These include the introduction of Oyster Burst Deco texture for the centre stack and door panel
inlays. This distinctive grey/white finish replicates the classic Swedish Hagstrom guitars made famous
through performers such as Elvis Presley.
Also new to the Volvo C30 is honeycomb-style aluminium interior trim that adds visual depth and
contributes to scratch resistance. The new rear luggage compartment cover uses new material and a new
graphic pattern to help drive home the C30's new look.
Volvo is constantly evolving car design and the new C30 exhibits the human-focused priorities that
are inherent in all Volvos.
In addition to dual front and side airbags, the C30 comes with full-length curtain airbags, as well
as the WHIPS whiplash protection system for front-seat passengers and the SIPS Side Impact Protection
System that plays an integral role - combined with the side and curtain airbags - in protecting occupants
in the event of a side impact.
The new C30 range also gains Volvo's Emergency Brake Light system. Active over 60 km/h, the system
flashes the stoplights five times per second if the brakes are applied forcefully in an emergency
situation. Once the vehicle's speed has reduced to 10 km/h, the stoplights stop flashing and the hazard
lights are activated. These can be manually deactivated or will automatically disengage when the vehicle
speed reaches 10 km/h.
An addition to the new C30 range is the 1.6 litre diesel DRIVe variant that offers best-in-class
exhaust emissions and fuel consumption without sacrificing driving pleasure.
This trailblazing new C30 model introduces Start/Stop technology to Volvo in Australia.
The C30 range, which includes the 2.4 litre five-cylinder S version, the 2.0D turbodiesel and the
turbocharged T5, is headed by the new T5 R-Design that brings a sharply focused sporting character
through wide-ranging changes to suspension and steering.
As well as 30 per cent stiffer springs, firmer monotube dampers and stiffer stabiliser bars, the C30
R-Design gains faster-ratio steering and new 17 inch Cratus alloy wheels.
The revised T5 R-Design exterior is fitted with front and rear spoilers, colour coordinated side
skirts and chrome-plated 90 mm sports tailpipes. Inside the R-Design theme continues with R-Design
emblems embossed on the front seats, leather-rim steering wheel, leather/aluminium gearshift knob,
aluminium sports pedals and distinctive blue speedometer and tachometer.
Individualisation is a basic tenet of the philosophy underlying the entire Volvo C30 range, and
customers are given a wide range of choices in addition to the available colour and trim options.
The new C30 will offer two high-value option packages. The Teknik (excuse the spelling) Pack
featuring Volvo Navigation System, Blind Spot Identification System (BLIS), Active Bending Lights,
Rear Park Assist, Bluetooth and Headlight Washer System priced at $3,700 for the T5 models and $6,350
for the 2.4i and 2.0D. The second pack is the Komfort (excuse the spelling) Pack, which features
Keyless Entry, Rain Sensor, Auto Dim Mirror, Laminated Side Windows, Heated Front Seats, Electric
Driver Seat or Passenger Seat, priced at $2,275 for the T5 models and $2,600 for the 2.4i and 2.0D.
The new C30 engine range embraces the new 80 kW/240 Nm 1.6 litre turbodiesel four-cylinder
powerplant used in the DRIVe version, as well as the 100 kW/320 Nm 2.0D turbodiesel introduced this
Two five-cylinder petrol engines - the 125 kW/230 Nm 2.4 litre version employed in the C30 S and the
169 kW/320 Nm 2.5 litre Turbo used in the T5 and T5 R-Design - are offered, while four transmission
options are available. The 2.4 litre C30 S is available with five-speed manual and five-speed adaptive
automatic Geartronic transmission, while the 2.0D turbodiesel is matched to the dual-clutch, six-speed
Powershift gearbox jointly developed by Volvo and its transmission partner Getrag. The T5 is available
with a six-speed manual gearbox, or with Volvo's five-speed adaptive automatic Geartronic transmission.
"The Volvo C30 has always been a car with a distinct personality," says Volvo Car Australia
managing director, Alan Desselss. "The new range offers more choice than ever before in a refreshed
package that reinforces the vehicle's visual and emotional appeal."
C30 Range Pricing*
|C30 1.6 DRIVe
|C30 2.0D Powershift
|C30 T5 R-Design
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price only (excludes dealer delivery charges and the various
statutory charges imposed by state and territory governments.