Volvo Cars of North America LLC (VCNA) announced that it will bring the C30 to the U.S. market. The announcement comes just nine months after the C30 Design Concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in early 2006. Pricing and volume expectations for the U.S.-bound C30 have not yet been set. The C30 will represent a new segment entry for Volvo in a bid to capture younger buyers. Putting 218 horsepower to the front wheels, the new C30 is powered by a turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine that produces 236 lb.-ft. of torque. At 167 inches in length, the C30 is the smallest member of Volvo’s model range and is 8.5 inches shorter than the Volvo S40 sport sedan while still retaining the 103.9 inch wheel base. The C30 will be available with BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), which helps the driver to identify another vehicle in the blind spot at the rear sides of the car. The front end incorporates the same patented multi-steel structure as the S40 and V50. C30 standard safety equipment includes air bags, seatbelt pretensioners, the Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), and a Side Impact Protection System with side airbags and the Inflatable Curtain (IC).
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