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Volvo Confirms 300-HP, AWD C30

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2009 Volvo C30

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Think Volvos are just for soccer moms? Think again. The Swedish purveyor of "safe" has just confirmed plans for a 300-horsepower, all-wheel-drive edition of the Kammback-cool C30 hatch. This is a nice antidote to increasingly bland entries like the V70 (no longer with turbocharged power), and should be the hottest thing from Volvo since the R-designated 850 on huge rims and low-profile tires.

Production of this fortified C30 will be capped at 4,500 units, says autocar, who also claim that big demand in Britain for sport-edition models means 40 percent of this volume will be headed to the United Kingdom. Visual cues include 20-inch wheels, color-keyed brake calipers, a sport body kit, and sport seating.

Platform sharing dictates that this C30 gets the same 2.5-liter five-cylinder unit as the excellent European Ford Focus. However, a significant mechanical departure is the use of a Haldex all-wheel-drive system, where the Focus makes do with two driven wheels.

Arguably as funky and cool as the '70s-era 1800 ES wagon, this new bad-boy C30 should give a nice big shot of anti-aging serum into Volvo's arm.--Colin Mathews

 
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  1. When a company like VOLVO loses its way and its character and is headed by Politically correct, Ford-appointed Automotive illiterates, it comes up with excrement like the overpriced C30. Honda used to make Civic Hatches that were far superior to the C30 at half the price. Now the ridiculous vehicle, that does not look ONE BIT like what a VOLVO should look. No wonder the U professors that bought VOLVOS 20 and 30 years ago all drive Camrys and Accords and Civics and COrollas today.
    Nice work, FOrd. Just as you morons screwed JAGUAR, pouring 10+ BILLIONS into it and getting NOTHING in return, anbd having to sell it to some third world CLOWNS for PEANUTS,
    SO YOU WILL HAVE TO DO WITH VOLVO, annd SOON.
    As for GM, SAAB, the other swedish automaker, is not doing aby better under its equally retarded Detroit owners. Their sales of SAABS have dropped SO MUCH, NOW even Exotic PORSCHE sells more copies every month than SAAB!
     
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  2. So much venom... Can't afford to buy the cheapest car Volvo has to offer and stuck in the 15-year old Civic for too long?
     
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  3. Ed: You will not be quoted and the articles will not be written about you anymore unless you get your figures right:
    9/2008 Sales
    Porsche: 1,458 - down 44.8%
    SAAB: 1,765 - down 27.2%
     
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  4. I am not sure why Ed is so upset, or wrong.
    I purchased my 2008 Volvo C30 V2.0 for about the same price as a Civic Si.
    And, what should a Volvo look like, in your esteemed opinion? Moron.
     
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  5. "When and Where?"

    I am looking to purchase a 2009 Volvo C30 R-Design until I heard about this new model they are releasing. I've searched online and the latest posting I can find for the 300hp C30 is Oct 2008, which just announces the confirmation that Volvo is building it. Has anyone heard or read when this car will be available for sale or which countries this will be available to? I know they will sell 40% in the UK but I do not live in the UK and I would love to get my hands on one of these limited edition models. Could anyone provide some insight or more information about this car?
     
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