Volvo C30 (2006 – 2013)
With the C30, Volvo made its debut in the segment for two-door premium cars in 2006 . The sporty design, with two doors, four individual seats, and a glass tailgate, gave a young and dynamic group of customers "a Volvo of their own".
The car offered buyers a contemporary look with a proud heritage, as the Volvo C30 displayed clear elements of other classic Volvo models with a sporty pedigree, such as the Volvo 1800 ES. Anyone who recalls the acclaimed Volvo SCC (Safety Concept Car) will recognise the exclusive and convenient glass tailgate.
Thanks to its small size, the Volvo C30 was very nimble to handle, even in limited space. A very torsionally rigid body, a wide track and a relatively long wheelbase all helped to give the C30 responsive and stable driving characteristics.
The C30 was also a successful race car for Volvo, with the company competing both in the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) and the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with a C30 prepared by Volvo Polestar Racing.
Body: 3-door hatchback
Engine: 4-cylinder in line DOHC, 1,999 cc ; 5-cylinder in line DOHC, 2,521 cc; 4-cylinder in line SOHC turbo diesel, 1,560 cc; 5-cylinder in line DOHC turbo diesel, 1984 cc
Transmission: 5- or 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes all round
Dimensions: Overall length 427 cm, wheelbase 264 cm.