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It looks like the next generation Ford Focus/Mazda 323 platform is going to spawn three different Volvo variants, the H30, S40, and V50! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.intelcities.com/Rally_Road/carreviews/h30.jpg"> <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><BR>Volvo's innovative concept car from the recent Detroit Auto Show, the SCC "Safety Car Concept", has just received the green light to make it into production.<P>The computer image above shows what is believed to be the final design of the production version. It is likely that the Swedish manufacturer is going to introduce a new letter - H for hatchback - to clearly distance the new vehicle from its bigger brothers, the sedans called S (Saloon/Sedan) and the wagons called V (Versitile/Variable).<P>The H30 production car will be available with three doors and possibly five, and will share its floorpan with the next-generation Ford Focus and Mazda 323.<P>Although minor, exterior modifications compared to the SCC will be clearly visible, including a slightly redesigned front bumper, mirror-mounted turn signals, painted door handles, and a higher roof-line for more cabin space. The fiber optic variable headlights are also thought to be put into final production. Although the sport-oriented younger customers might choose the car for its coupe-like design, practicality will still be a matter of improvement, and therefore the hatch will be larger on the H30 than it was on the SCC.<P>One conventional exhaust pipe will replace the bumper-mounted pair of pipes seen on the SCC. Sadly, however, will be the replacement of the transparent A-pillars by ordinary ones. Since the car is aimed further upscale than its in-house brothers, the next generation Ford Focus and Mazda 323, the engine range is likely to start above 100 hp and might reach beyond the 200 hp barrier. Expect 4-cylinder inline engines as well as some V6 options.<P>The main upscale competition for this car will be the 2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sports Coupe, 2002 3-Series Compact, 2003 Audi A3, and 2003 Saab 9-3.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 03-19-2001).]
 

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Where did you get that picture?<BR>I have been looking on the Volvo media site for more pictures/info but didn't find any ?!? <P>greetz<BR>FV
 

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I think that the first original picture came from "The Car Connection", but most of the pictures are usually edited by AutoMedia Online. Remember, that is not an official Volvo picture, it is just a photoshop job of what is thought to be the final production H30.<P>-Drew
 

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Automedia's site doesn't have this pic, but they do call the small Volvo H30, so this could be one of theirs. This is an SCC photoshopped onto another background and with S80 T-6 wheels. It's not bad looking, but it is undeniably fake. Interesting post though. Thanks InDy.
 

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I really wonder if TCC knows what they are doing. They are claiming the copyright of an official Volvo press picture they've changed: <A HREF="http://prpictures.vcc.volvo.se/lowres/P00_5877.JPG" TARGET=_blank>http://prpictures.vcc.volvo.se/lowres/P00_5877.JPG</A> <BR>I hope for them Volvo doesn't notice.
 
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