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Volvo ending production of C30 with a contest

Volvo Cars is halting the production of its popular Volvo C30, but is looking forward to end the sporty hatchback’s output with a bang. Volvo is celebrating the seven-year success of the car by launching a contest with the last ever C30 as a prize. Volvo C30 fans and enthusiast could have a chance to win a sporty and aggressive ice white R-design C30 with Polestar upgrade by visiting

Launched in 2006, the Volvo C30 was a major deviation from the carmaker’s design philosophy. Since its launch, the Volvo C30 has become a major hit to a number of hardcore car enthusiasts, thereby gaining a cult status among a younger market. The sporty four-seat hatchback gain also gained an immortal status after appearing in the worldwide hit Twilight films.

One of the scenes clearly demonstrated the power of the C30 when it was piloted by vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)  to rescue love-interest Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart).

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New Volvo C30 electric cars offer faster acceleration and charging

The strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and Siemens has finally bore fruit in the form of the new Volvo C30 fully electric cars. The Volvo C30s deliver on the carmaker’s commitment to electrification by improving acceleration and customer flexibility. The Volvo C30 could accelerate from zero to 70 km/h in just 5.9 seconds and achieve full recharge in just 1.5 hours.

This acceleration is attributed to the new Siemens motor that provides up to 89 kW (120 hp) of output and 250 Nm of torque. Starting summer 2013, European leasing customers could drive and assess an upgraded demo fleet of 100 Volvo C30s.

Lennart Stegland, Vice President Electric Propulsion Systems, Volvo Car Group, remarked that the C30’s innovative fast charging solution will radically improve its time and mileage.

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Volvo will discontinue the C30 by the end of 2012

Volvo will discontinue offering the C30 hatchback by the end of 2012, a spokeswoman has confirmed via email. According to the statement, Volvo now has to reshuffle its lineup in order to get Volvo have a better position for the future. In 2007, Volvo had the launch of the 2008 C30 with hopes that the unusual hatchback would be liked by driving fans and those who are looking for stylish small cars.

For the driving enthusiasts, Volvo released a C30 powered by a standard 2.5-liter turbo-five engine with 227 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Volvo claims that it has a top speed of 149 mph. For those in the market for small cars, Volvo played up the large glass liftgate used by the Volvo 1800ES as well as its interior features such as a waterfall-style center stack.

In a statement, Volvo said that the C30 enabled the automaker to get connected with their fans. It also boosted Volvo’s image as a luxury brand. Unfortunately, its sales weren’t that impressive.

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Volvo C30 Polestar to cost $32,445 in the United States

Volvo will release a new C30 Polestar edition model in the U.S. that costs $32,445. The interest for the Volvo C30 hatchback failed to match the popularity of the newer S60 compact sports sedan but this special edition model is expected to have a better showing. Volvo will offer only 250 units in the U.S. It will arrive in dealerships this November.

Volvo will be introducing a C30 hatch variant that gets a boost in power to 250hp. This car will arrive at showrooms this November. It will have a starting price of $32,445. As is typical of a Polestar-edition Volvo, the special C30 hatch delivers 250hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, standing for a boost of 23 hp and 37 lb-ft, due to the improved airflow in the combustion chambers and advancing spark timing.

During testing, the long-term 2008 Volvo C30 equipped with the stock turbocharged 2.5-liter I-5 engine and a five-speed automatic could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and could attain the quarter-mile mark in 15.5 seconds at 94 mph. Volvo said that the C30 Polestar edition offers the same standard EPA fuel economy estimates of 21/29 mpg city/highway with the six-speed manual and 21/30 mpg with the five-speed automatic.

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Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) announced that factory-authorized performance tuning software will be available for the first time on several Volvo models that will start to be offered at nationwide Volvo retailers next week. Tuning software was developed by Polestar (Volvo's Swedish-based performance partner) for C30, C70 and S40 carlines that come with a T5 engine, with model year 2008 or newer. This tuning package has an MSRP of $1,295 and will start selling on Nov. 14. It boosts the torque of the respective models by 23 hp and 29 lb.-ft. of torque.

The increase in power is made possible by increasing the airflow into the combustion chambers and advancing spark timing.

Since 1996, Polestar has been the official partner of Volvo Car Corp. Polestar had been enhancing cars for racing for many years but it is now focusing on the U.S. market. The power and torque are optimized without having an effect on fuel consumption.

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Volvo Cars, just like on all its other models, has exposed its Volvo C30 Electric to extreme winter conditions to guarantee that the battery-powered car still runs smoothly in temperatures as low as -20° Celsius. Over 200 different test methods have been performed for the electric vehicles.

Lennard Stegland, Volvo Cars’ Special Vehicles director, said the company must ensure that the C30 Electric performs as intended when driving, parking and charging in various conditions, from normal to very cold or hot. He added that Northern Sweden is the ideal place to conduct testing in sub-zero temperatures.

The C30 Electric has a feature that allows passengers and the driver to get comfortable heating in cold winter conditions without affecting the battery driving range.

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The FIA World Touring Car Championship 2011 season is launched this weekend at Curitiba, Brazil, signaling the start of evaluation season for Polestar Racing. In 2010, Volvo Car Corporation gave Polestar Racing the green light to launch a one-car program for the WTCC 2011 as a commercial and technical evaluation ahead of 2012. Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar Racing, said that Polestar is initially not focusing on results but rather on preparing a base that it could build on for 2012.

The Polestar Racing-prepared Volvo C30 DRIVe is a proven winner with victories in the Scandinavian and Swedish Touring Car Championships.

However, development work and new engine regulations are needed for the new WTCC tracks. Dahl said they are starting the season with the current two liter engine, before switching to an all-new 1.6 turbo engine later in 2011, based on an entirely new Volvo engine family.

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Volvo will be testing an electric version of the C30 hatchback in the U.S. market this year, according to Stefan Jacoby, Volvo's CEO. He also said that in Europe starting in 2012, an extended range C30 hybrid plug-in capable of getting 120 miles per gallon would also be available.

And in 2013, a plug-in hybrid version of the C30 will be introduced in the U.S. market. After presenting a C30 that has been crash-tested in Sweden, Jacoby said that Volvo seeks to bring a new buzz-word to the electric vehicle segment.

At the Detroit Auto Show, Jacoby said that the talk about these innovating vehicles are focused on design, usability, charging times, price and driving range. He pointed out that the safety aspect has not been a major consideration of most carmakers.

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In 2013, a vehicle project will be launched by Volvo in Jiading District, Shanghai. At the Eighth China automotive industry Forum, Rong Wenwei, general manger of Shanghai International Auto City Development Co., Ltd. said that the Volvo C30 plug-in hybrid will probably be mass-produced if the plan goes smoothly.

At the 2010 North American Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year, Volvo unveiled the all-electric Volvo C30 – a major milestone for its "DRIVe Towards Zero" strategy. Powering the electric C30 is a Lithium-Ion battery pack that can be recharged with either a standard household outlet or a special high capacity roadside charging station.

With the batteries topped off, the Electric C30 can accelerate from a standstill to 60mph in 11 seconds while the BEV's top speed is about 81mph.

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Volvo Cars unveiled the latest next-generation vehicle -- the Volvo C30 -- during the Detroit Motor Show held in January 2010. This battery and electric powered model was first displayed in 2009, showing the brand’s current development process when it comes to an electric prototype that could be driven. The C30 has a new battery that has better packaging, with full instrumentation, and complete interior.

The C30 is electric but it has several similarities with the standard Volvo C30. It has four seats and offers the same features in terms of comfort, safety, and space. According to Lennart Stegland, who is Director of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, the first prototype ensured that the brand would be able to determine what the technological challenges were, especially on safety issues and battery packaging. Stegland related that they have managed to address these different challenges without the need to compromise the C30’s personality.

The electric version of the C30 presented during the show is therefore a complete product, Stegland added. The next phase involved conducting a series of tests on the factory-built versions. The company selected different users that got the chance to drive Volvo’s test fleet for a two-year trial period that started in 2011. The purpose was to be able to gain the needed input in both the technical aspect and the behavioural aspect too.

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Volvo has announced that there will be a 2011 C30 and that it will be available in the US exclusively in T5 trim for $24,600 ( an extra $850 for destination and delivery charges). Volvo showcased the C30 T5 in Frankfurt and what impressed the audience most about it was its neo-brake.

The C30's fascia was revised and its bumpers were remodeled to bring the C30 in line with the future of Volvo design.

It can´t be denied that the C30 is alluring and what makes it even more attractive is its reasonable pricing, especially if you consider that it has the power to generate 227 horsepower due to its inline-five engine hooked to a six-speed manual.

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If you got excited at Volvo's electric vehicle prototype at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, you should definitely check out the Detroit Auto Show where the carmaker displays a further development of the battery-powered electric C30. This car in Detroit has a full interior with instrumentation and its battery packaging is enhanced.

Volvo plans to create a test fleet of 50 battery-powered C30s for a two-year trial starting in 2011. Like the conventional car, the electric C30 will seat four. On the instrument panel, you only see the road speed and energy consumption. There's also a new gauge for the status of the battery charge.

The car has no gears and the driver can access full power right away. Its lithium ion batteries can either be charged in a household socket or at a roadside station. For a full charge, the car has to be plugged in for eight hours.

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Mediocrity and green doesn´t have to be together always. But with R-Design, the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe can be styled just as dramatically and completely like other model versions.

This is in response to significant demand for vehicles that merge good eco features with thrilling design elements. The continuous optimization of the drivelines of the cars has made this development possible.

All the models satisfactorily pass the 120g CO2/km limit (which is 119g for all three models) even without the preceding external revisions intended to lower air drag, including unique body and underbody panels and air spoilers.

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The brand new Volvo C30 BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) made its debut today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, of course. This is the first electric vehicle from the Swedish manufacturer and shows that Volvo Cars' ambitious electrification strategy has quickly produced concrete results.

The new vehicle previews the introduction of a a plug-in hybrid in 2012 and has the duty to evaluate the viability of an entirely electric-powered car. "The Volvo C30 is the first model we will try out with electric power. This car's excellent properties in city traffic and its relatively low weight make it particularl

Volvo C30 BEV is powered by a Litium-Ion battery that is charged via a regular power socket found in most homes (230V, 16A), a full recharge taking about eight hours.

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Volvo has signed a deal with energy company Goteborg Energi for the Swedish carmaker to deliver 10 Volvo C30 Electric vehicles this fall. This demo fleet of electric C30 cars will feature advanced measuring instruments. The same safety, comfort and interior features that people have come to expect on the standard Volvo C30 will be found on the Volvo C30 Electric too.

The only difference is that the C30 Electric runs solely on electricity. In a release, Lennart Stegland, director of the Volvo Car Corporation's Special Vehicles division, said that delivery of the 10 cars will start this fall. Stegland said that the Volvo C30 Electric is a "natural part" of its focus on DRIVe products, with a target of "promoting a sustainable society."

Incidentally, Volvo's home town is Goteborg. Volvo said that the car can go up to 150 km on a single battery charge. Stegland added that this is "way further" than what 90% of European commuters cover on an average day.

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Just before Volvo Cars and Polestar defend their crown at the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) this upcoming season – their 15 motorsport season in a row -- an ultimate concept car was unveiled just for the street. This new study, dubbed as the Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype, exudes dynamism and sportiness as derived from the track.

This performance concept from Volvo and Polestar is aimed to show what could be the result when racing engineers and designers are given the liberty to create a road-going car without having to be bound to a specific racing regulation. Such liberty apparently gave birth to the new road-going Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype.

The unveiling of the Volvo C30 Polestar Concept Prototype allows Polestar to build on the strong driving attributes of the standard C30 while demonstrating the connections between the racing cars and the Polestar Performance products. Interestingly, the C30 was a base car for Polestar and Volvo Cars’ entry for the STCC. This race car was developed for the STCC from the scratch.

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There's still no consensus on quick-charging standards but definitely, Volvo Car Corp. is rethinking its initial plan for the batteries of the electric Volvo C30 to charge for 6 to 8 hours overnight. Volvo had previously stated that it doesn´t require the C30's batteries to be capable of quick charging in three hours or less. For now, Volvo will market the C30 EV only in Europe.

The European Union has yet to agree on quick-charging standards but for the time being, the volume is all for Europe," Lennart Stegland, president of Volvo's Special Vehicles unit, said at a media briefing last January at the EnerDel plant, which will produce the batteries for the C30.

Stegland admitted that the „business case is not obvious" for electric vehicles. Stegland said that in trying to determine the potential market, there's more uncertainty with more research. Nonetheless, the regulatory case is much clearer.

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If you remeber, back in September Volvo revealed the electric version of the C30 hatchback and it appears things didn´t stop there. The Swedish manufacturer is preparing an new version of the electric concept whoch will be showcased at the 2010 Detroit Motor Show in January.

The latest version of the electric C30 is powered by an electric motor capable to deliver 111bhp/82 kW. With these numbers the car can accelerate from naught to 60 mph in just 10.5 seconds, while the top speed achieved is 130 km/h (81 mph). The car's range is up to 150 km (94 miles).

The Volvo C30 shown in Detroit is powered by Lithium-Ion batteries that can be recharged via either a regular household power socket or special roadside charging stations. Charging the battery fully takes about eight hours.

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The new 2010 Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe already has a following due to its eco-friendly technologies like stop/start with a brake-energy recovery system and a fuel consumption of 3.9 liters per 100 km. But Heico Sportiv wanted to prove that those who like the car for these qualities can also experience the pleasure of driving.

Heico Sportiv general manager Holger Hedtke said that the aerodynamically optimized components such as the radiator grille or under-floor were untouched.

The tuning package made power output and torque increase from 80 kW (109 bhp) and 240 Nm to 92 kW (125 bhp) and 280 Nm, respectively.

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UK pricing for the 2010 Volvo C30 Facelift model has been released. The Swedish manufacturer had unveiled the model at the recently held Frankfurt Auto Show. Four trim levels, namely S, SE, SE Lux and R-DESIGN, will be available. You can also choose among six engine types, starting at 14,495 British pounds ($23,160).

The entry level of the new generation C30, namely the S model, comes with features like ECC (Electronic Climate Control), Information Center, power windows, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, floor mats, CD player with Aux input and 16-inch Convector alloy wheels (Libra alloys on DRIVe S), as well as DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control).

The next trim level, the SE, is equipped with added features that include Cruise Control, steering wheel remote controls and Leksand Textile/T-Tec upholstery on the inside, front fog lights, 17-inch Styx White alloy wheels and auto-folding power door mirrors with ground lights.

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