- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Volvo C30 Design Concept is a sporty two-door, four-seater with a glass tailgate. The sleek, modern look is exhibited in a contrasting combination of two colors; Quite White and Very Bronze. The design clearly reflects several elements from the Volvo Safety Concept Car.

“Our aim was to give the Volvo C30 Design Concept a hefty dose of muscles in a sporty and compact package,” explains Volvo Cars Design Director Steve Mattin.

The dynamic front is characterized by the angled headlamps and the low, wide grille.

Looking along the side, the well-defined wheel arches and the sloping roofline gives the car a fast silhouette, which is emphasized by the extreme boat shape of the glasshouse.

The curvature of the rear shoulders is very pronounced and further enhanced by the horseshoe-shaped tail light pattern and the glass tailgate.

“This exclusive and nimble glass tailgate is inspired both by the classic Volvo 1800 ES and the SCC concept car. The light pattern is so unusual that you’ll never be in any doubt of which car you have in front of you,” says Steve Mattin.

The interior reinforces the sporty character of the Volvo C30 Design Concept. The individual rear seats with generous legroom make the car a full four-seater. The rear seats are slightly centered, which gives the passengers an aura of space along with good visibility to the front.

“The space between the seats also showcases Volvo’s super-thin, visually floating centre stack, bringing it into full view from behind through the glass tailgate”, says Steve Mattin.

The Volvo C30 Design Concept was designed for a customer category that mostly uses the front seats only. The luggage space behind the attractive glass tailgate is designed for everyday loads such as briefcases and sports equipment - with the ability to swallow far larger loads if one or both rear seats are folded flat.

A first-class audio system is an important part of the driving experience. That is why the Volvo C30 Design Concept has Volvo’s Premium Sound system, with 5x130 W digital ICE Power amplifier from Alpine, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround and 10 loudspeakers from Dynaudio of Denmark.

Measuring 424 centimeters front to rear, the Volvo C30 Design Concept is no less than 23 centimetres shorter than the Volvo S40, but slightly wider (178 centimeters).

Under the bonnet the Volvo C30 Design Concept has an in-line five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbocharged engine. It gives the driver 260 horsepower at 5500 revs a minute and maximum torque of 350 Nm between 2100 and 5000 revs. The car is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Volvo C30 Design Concept accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The 19-inch aluminum wheels have Pirelli Corsa 225/35 R19 tires. There are four-pot brakes from Brembo with aluminum calipers and 330 millimeters ventilated brake discs both front and rear. “Sporty driving characteristics are a must to attract this customer category. A car that radiates muscular agility has to live up to its appearance once you slip behind the steering wheel,” says Hakan Abrahamsson, the C30 Project Director.


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