September 29, 2006

Volvo debuts new C30

2007 Volvo C30
2007 Volvo C30
2007 Volvo C30. Click image to enlarge

Paris, France – Volvo has debuted its new C30 at the Paris Auto Show. The sporty two-door features four individual seats and glass tailgate, and is aimed at young customers who want to enter the premium car segment.

Production will begin at the end of 2006, with sales in Canada set to begin in early 2007. Prices have not yet been announced.

The production-ready model is descended from the Volvo C30 Design Concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2006; it retains the concept’s angled headlamps and low, wide grille. Volvo will offer a body kit that either coordinates with the body panels or provides a two-tone look, and can be combined with a lowered sport chassis, 18-inch wheels and larger exhaust pipes. Inside, the C30 features a sport steering wheel and shifter knob with aluminum inlays, brushed aluminum pedals, and different styles of the company’s “floating” centre stack, with differently-coloured and patterned overlays. Black or two-tone fabric can be optioned to leather seating.

The company expects to sell 65,000 C30 models per year, with 75 per cent of buyers in Europe; the largest markets will be in Italy, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, the United States, France, Sweden and Holland. The company also says it expects that at least three out of every four C30s sold will be to customers who do not currently drive a Volvo.

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