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<IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/news/uploads/volvo/c30.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Irvine, CA – The first official photos of the exciting new Volvo C30 were released today by Volvo Car Corporation. In preparation for the car's global unveiling this September at the Paris Motor Show, the photos come just seven months after the C30 Design Concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in early 2006.<p><A HREF="http://www.swedespeed.com/news/publish/Volvo_News/article_880.html" TARGET="_blank"><b> Full Story </b></A>
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release ([email protected])

I thought that the decision to bring the C30 to North America had already been made, but according to that article it is still under evaluation <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (TheProfessor)

I'm fairly cetrian it has. That must be an old quote. Everyone keeps saying January for Canada and I know I'll be in the showroom the first day it shows up. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TheProfessor</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I thought that the decision to bring the C30 to North America had already been made, but according to that article it is still under evaluation <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>VCNA doesn't handle Canada.<br>However, if the car doesn't come to the US, then Canada is unlikely.<p>VCNA is still struggling w/ pricing and content for the car.<br>I think it will come here, but it won't be cheap.
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (VolvoMax)

The new Volvo C30 will be unveiled to the public at the Paris motor show in September, with production beginning at the end of 2006. The car will be on-sale in Canada in early 2007.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>The new Volvo C30 that comes to Canada is powered by two engines: a sporty 2.4-litre 5-cylinder engine delivering 168-horsepower or a potent 2.5-litre turbocharged 5-cylinder engine delivering 218-horsepower.<p><A HREF="http://www.volvocars-pr.com/index.asp?mediaid=3873&menupar=newsroom&lang=2&flash=0&menuhighlight=hotoff" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvocars-pr.com/in...otoff</A>
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (VolvoMax)

When I was at Volvo in June for the Ocean Race, a couple of the guys there said that it would be here next year. They said the price will be above the S40. All they would say is that the S40 is considered the entry level Volvo, and right now there is no plans for a cheaper car.
 

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Unless the C30 is well priced and extremely well marketed, I don't see it being phenomenally successful. There are just too many other choices out there.
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (VolvoMax)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoMax</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>VCNA doesn't handle Canada.<br>However, if the car doesn't come to the US, then Canada is unlikely.<p>VCNA is still struggling w/ pricing and content for the car.<br>I think it will come here, but it won't be cheap.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Therefore, it will fail. If they cannot bring this car under $29K and with at least 225 hp, kiss the C30 goodbye, as far as U.S. sales go.<p>I have been saying that all along. This car is NOT for the U.S. market, under its current guise.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (GrecianVolvo)

I agree 100%. Volvo MUST add more content for less money than the 5-door Audi A3 or this car will go nowhere and fast.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>h2ologd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They said the price will be above the S40.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Above the S40??? I thought the idea for releasing the C30 was to provide a smaller, more affordable Volvo, not a smaller but more expensive car. I can understand how the S40 can be seen as the intro level Volvo, but the starting price of an S40 isn't what I call "affordable," (but then again, I am a swim coach so any car over $2K is expensive to me). Wasn't Volvo's aim to provide a base level car to young professionals and first time car buyers so they could get a taste of Volvo and hopefully purchase the bigger cars later?<p>I agree with the idea that if this car is not cheaper, it will not fly in the US. I am kind of dissappointed with Volvo right now about this. I really thought they had a good idea going with the C30, but it sounds like they are going in opposite direction, at least to me, and I am usually way off somewhere.
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (MenardVolvo)

Look at it this way. We've assumed the C30 is going up in the marketplace against the Audi A3. Volvo seems to want it up against the TT instead. As a fashion object rather than a hatchback, I kind of doubt its success, but it seems to be their direction. The 1800ES wasn't a raging sales tour de force either.<p>At least that's my take on it.<br>
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (MenardVolvo)

Actually, the idea was for a smaller car period.<br>This is a car for Europe, people there need a smaller car for city use.<p><br>For the US, the car will be more than the S40 2.4i, but not more than the S40 T5.<p>At this point, I still theink there is a small chance that we won't even see the car. If we do, the sales will be incremental. Much like the V50.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rollie</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I agree 100%. Volvo MUST add more content for less money than the 5-door Audi A3 or this car will go nowhere and fast.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thats not hard, a well equipped A3 is not cheap.<p>But, the A3 is the current poster child for why Americans won't pay real money for small, hatchback cars.<br>Maybe if gas goes to $4.00/gal.
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (VolvoMax)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoMax</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>At this point, I still theink there is a small chance that we won't even see the car. If we do, the sales will be incremental. Much like the V50.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree, 100%.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (VolvoMax)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VolvoMax</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Thats not hard, a well equipped A3 is not cheap.<p>But, the A3 is the current poster child for why Americans won't pay real money for small, hatchback cars.<br>Maybe if gas goes to $4.00/gal.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Even so, the A3 is only desirable if it has a kick-ass engine, like strong 2.0L turbo or the 3.2. In order for the people to flock to such cars, they will have to be fuel misers,with 1.4L and 1.6L engines. Even if gas went to $5/gallon, I am not so sure that Americans will "stoop down to the level of the Europeans" when it comes to engine size and HP. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Yannis
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Even so, the A3 is only desirable if it has a kick-ass engine, like strong 2.0L turbo or the 3.2. In order for the people to flock to such cars, they will have to be fuel misers,with 1.4L and 1.6L engines. Even if gas went to $5/gallon, I am not so sure that Americans will "stoop down to the level of the Europeans" when it comes to engine size and HP. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Yannis</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree w/ that.
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (VolvoMax)

these posts get more depressing as they go on.<br>Ive been lusting for a c30 or something like it ever since the original concept(scc). an affordable new spin on the p1800es. and the real version looks awesome! ahhhhhh.....but i read the replies......<br>so the c30 is doomed out the box as it prices itself away from the REAL competition (im looking in the mini cooper S and vw gti's direction)...a 25,000 doller car is too much to ask for i guess. Of course volvo says the c30 is for a NEW AND YOUNG customer. Oh? the kind of young customer that makes over 80,000 dollers a year i guess. the kind that get out of college and start making a fortune. thanks volvo, ill send my money saab's way when the 9-1 is released. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>am i wrong?<br>
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (VolvoD)

I concur. I have to disagree with the resident Volvo experts and nay sayers here.<p>I think that the C30 is very capable of holding it's own against most of the segment. <p>It seems to have generated a lot of buzz about it already.<p>Too bad Volvo didn't offer it with the 260 bhp motor as shown in the concept car. It would have been able to hold it's own against the Mazdaspeed 3 and R32.<p>It will be a great car for sure, but IMO it falls short of dominating the hot hatch segment when it comes to power, but leads in style.<p>The Focus ST of Europe has been praised for its performance and handling. If the Volvo mirrors these characteristics, I might be able to overlook the fact that it's stable mate over at Mazda makes 260 + bhp.
 

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Mistakes:<p>1) As we all know, Volvo won't market the car.<p>2) Bringing it in at a price point that is on part with the S40 T5. I don't see S40 T5's flying off the showroom floors because they're over-priced (especially when you can get a S60 2.5T with more equipment for only <i>slightly</i> more dough, and if you look at a lease, the S60 is almost always cheaper). The price point, fully-loaded, should mirror a "fully-loaded" S40 2.4i.<p>3) FWD. That fact alone rules me out as a potential customer. AWD is a must, in my opinion, especially if you want to lure Audi customers. <p>4) 218 hp. The car should have MINIMALLY 260 hp. Otherwise, most every other competitive market segment car will outperform it.<p>Fix 1-4, and the car will sell like hotcakes. And EVEN IF each car is a losing deal for VCNA, the upswing is that it will create a hell of a lot of buzz for the brand. And buzz = increased sales on other profitable models.<p>And I hate to be a naysayer . . . but Volvo wouldn't fix 1-4 even if their lives depended on it.
 

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Re: C30: The Press Release (R Salesman)

1) Volvo is currently marketing the hell out of the car. Just look at this web page alone to see the multiple images, movies, etc that have been created to feature the car. <p>2) The C30 has long been rumored to be priced competitively with the VW GTI. Given the rumored T5 only option for the US model, this seems a fair price for what will be offered.<p>3) There is no need for AWD in a car this size. It adds weight unnecessarily to what is already an exceptional handling car as seen in the Ford Focus ST. If anything, add a limited slip. AWD is overrated.<p>4) I'll concede that the car should have offered 260 bhp but I'm also willing to see what shakes out in 2008. Horse power alone does not make it a strong seller. There are potentially as many if not more customers out there that want the styling the car offers with out the desire for more (arhh, arhh, arhh, Tim Allen Voice) horse power.
 
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