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Volvo C30 news - Volvo unveils new C30 - 2006

Published: 03 Jan 2006

Volvo is set to unveil its C30 small hatch at the Detroit motor show and has the Audi A3, BMW 1-series and Alfa Romeo 147 in its sights.

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The C30 is due to go on sale in September, and the Detroit car is called the C30 Design Concept.

However, the high-waisted hatch shows just how the finished car will look.

The emphasis of the C30 is on sporty looks and performance, aided by a 260bhp, 2.4 litre five-cylinder engine, which helps the C30 cover 0-62mph in six seconds.

The styling is similar to the S40 saloon's from the front, but the side profile has a more swept-back coupe look that borrows heavily from Volvo's SSC (Safety Concept Car).

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At the rear, the high-set rear lights and glass hatch will not be mistaken for anything else.

Four individual seats are a feature of the interior, which has a dashboard very similar in look to the S40's and uses Volvo's 'floating' centre console design.

When the C30 goes on sale in the UK towards the end of 2006, expect a starting price of around £16,000, going up to £23,000 for the 260bhp, 2.4-litre model.

The engine range is likely to mirror that of the S40, so there should be petrol 1.6, 1.8 and high-performance 2.4.

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