The weird C30 hatchback
Back when Ford owned Volvo, someone came up with the bright idea to wade into family hatchback waters, helping Volvo to shrug off its reputation for building mainly big, boxy saloon and estate cars. Smart move, as hatchbacks were, before The Rise Of The Crossovers, Europe’s undisputed top-selling cars. It’d be a goldmine! How could they fail?
However, instead of making a practical, sensible contender for the likes of the VW Golf, Volvo came up with a three-door only hatchback with four seats, and a gorgeous but impractical glass tailgate.
Why so form-over-function? Well, Ford didn’t want the C30 pinching any sales from its dominant Focus, which shared the C30’s underpinnings. The handsome C30 was sadly killed off after just one generation, making its dubious role in the Twilight movies its chief claim to fame.