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I spotted this story on <A HREF="http://www.thecarconnection.com" TARGET=_blank>The Car Connection</A> this morning. Does anyone know if there is any reality to this? I do hope that it is true <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Quoted story follows...<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.thecarconnection.com/images/gallery/4383_image.jpg"> <P>Volvo’s innovative concept car from the recent<BR> Detroit Auto Show, the SCC “Safety Car Concept,”<BR> has just received the green light to make it into<BR> production.<P> Our computer images show what we believe to be<BR> the final design of the production version. It is likely<BR> that the Swedish manufacturer, led by<BR> mother-company Ford, is going to introduce a new<BR> letter — H for hatchback — to clearly distance the<BR> new vehicle from its bigger brothers, the sedans<BR> called S and the station wagons called V (for<BR> variable). The SCC-styled production car will be<BR> available with three doors and possibly five, and will<BR> share its floorpan with the next-generation Ford<BR> Focus and Mazda 323. <P> Although minor, exterior modifications compared to<BR> the SCC will be clearly visible, including a slightly<BR> re-designed front bumper, mirror-mounted side<BR> flashers, painted door handles and a higher roof-line<BR> for more cabin space. Although sport-oriented<BR> younger customers might choose the car for its<BR> coupe-like design, practicality will still be a matter of<BR> improvement, and therefore the hatch will be larger<BR> on the H30 than it was on the SCC. <P> One conventional exhaust pipe will replace the<BR> bumper-mounted pair of pipes seen on the SCC.<BR> Sadly, however, will be the replacement of the<BR> transparent A-pillars by ordinary ones. Since the car<BR> is aimed further upscale than its in-house brothers,<BR> the Ford Focus and Mazda 323, the engine range is<BR> likely to start just above 100 hp and might reach<BR> beyond the 200-hp barrier. Expect four-cylinder<BR> in?line engines as well as V-6 options.<P> Copyright Brenda Priddy & Company<BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>
 

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A 30-series will happen. Whether it is called H30 is still up in the air as far as I know. This is a photo of the SCC photoshopped onto a different background and with S80 T-6 wheels. It is a fake. Just FYI. Looks cool though huh?<P>George
 

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It's a great looking car, although I'd like to see a few more 1800ES styling cues, and a nice turbo/manual tranny combination offered.<P>cheers,<BR>scott<P>
 
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