Volvo C30 DRIVe Diesel

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Some new Diesel technology allows the 1.6 Liter engine in the C30 to get above 53mpg in the C30 coupe.
A little less in the S40 and V50.

That’s pretty amazing. The C30 is a great looking car. Too bad we don’t see that many around.
I think these figures would make it quite a bit more popular in the US.
They will be charging around $500 more than the regular diesel model. And plan to sell 20 000 units in Europe.

But of course, nothing for us…

Conversation 10 comments

  1. I think it was the price and handling that made interested people go to Mini or something else.
    Plus Mini gives you a better warranty.

  2. That glass hatch is scary. First hand experience. I felt like I was going to break it….or it was going to break me.

  3. I ordered one, customized it at a 300 charge as volvo intended it to be. My vehicle came in all wrong, with wrong color leather, carpet, dash, accessories……dealer said it was a computer problem. My choices said the dealer, reorder in 4 months when they get their new alotment (renegotiate price and trade in at that time) or take it as is. I choose Acura TL.

  4. I love the design and the interior. Plus it easily fits me at 6’7″. If its handling and braking was more like the Mazdaspeed3’s, I would be more interested.

  5. They are not that popular in my neck of the wood. Since its introduction, the car got into my sight twice. the same goes with the audi a3. maybe there are cheaper alternatives like the civic si, mazda3, vw gti/golf etc.

  6. I saw my first C30 yesterday going down the road. It really looked quite good and even better then the Mini. Surprised they don’t sell more of them.

  7. I read an interesting article:

    Let Detroit fund its own damned projects

    For decades, Big Auto has fought environmental laws and beaten down attempts to modernize the US industry to produce more fuel efficient cars. They sell fuel efficient cars overseas but always find reasons why they can’t sell them in the US. Now that their brilliant plan to only produce gas hogs has failed, look who is lining up for $50 billion worth of help, as if there’s cash laying around for the taking. If we were to prop up these colossal failures, we ought to insist that they are truly on the cutting edge of environmental, safety and efficiency and not just up to our backwards current standards. Otherwise, why bother?

    What is also puzzling is Chrysler asking to be involved in a bailout. Chrysler was saved by the American taxpayer in the past, then sold off to the German car maker Daimler-Benz before being sold to one of the richest private equity firms in the US, Cerberus Capital Management. The private equity folks add big names to their boards and have deep pockets thanks to tax laws that help them avoid paying their fair share of taxes like everyone else. Cerberus Capital Management purchased Chrysler barely over one year ago so why do taxpayers owe anything to this company? Cerberus obviously is doing well, so let them fund *normal* business expenses.

    Detroit still believes that it’s 1950, when they dominated many aspects of the economy. In 2008 the majority of Americans work for small businesses so why not make a business decision and do more to promote small business? Investing more in Detroit without multiple strings is a waste of taxpayer money and time. Until Detroit – at least Ford and GM, to hell with Chrysler – can show serious progress on fuel efficiency, environment and new jobs in the US there’s no reason to throw more money and hope that it somehow all works out. They made their bad business decisions to the detriment of the US economy so now it’s our turn to make a sound business decision.

  8. Frankly, I’d buy it in a heartbeat if they wanted to sell it in the US. Unfortunately, Volvo seems to think that if I want a diesel, I should buy a VW.
    But I’d really really rather have a red C30 diesel in my garage as a twin to the P1800ES.

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