April 2012

Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Volvo C30

The 2012 Volvo C30 premium Sport Coupe is a clear illustration of classic Volvo design and modern Volvo innovation. With broad-shouldered bodywork and an exclusive glass tailgate, the four-seat 2012 C30 offers exciting performance and handling, luxurious comfort, world-class safety and more personalization choices than ever before.
 
The Volvo C30 is easily customized, inside and out, thanks to an extensive list of options and packages; easy to do when the standard vehicle is so exceptional. There are two versions of the front-wheel drive C30 to choose between – the C30 T5 (MSRP $24,950) and the C30 R-Design (MSRP $27,450) – and each offers Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels. Both T5 and R-Design are powered by an energetic, 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that develops 227 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque, backed by a six-speed manual transmission or a Geartronic five-speed automatic with manual shift control.
 
The C30 T5 features a Comfort Chassis suspension calibration while the R-Design, which features a redesigned front and rear, a color-coordinated body kit and 10mm lower right height, lives up to its high-performance visuals with a standard Sport Chassis. Offering improved body control and faster, more precise steering without compromising ride comfort, the Sport Chassis has 30 percent stiffer springs, sport-tuned front and rear anti-rollbars, specially adapted shocks and a higher steering gear ratio.
 
Buyers of either version will enjoy a very well equipped cabin. Volvo’s Intelligent Driver Information System is standard, along with a high-performance audio system with CD player, auxiliary input and USB port. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls and iPod connectivity are also standard features of the audio system, and driving is enhanced by standard cruise control, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and air conditioning.  
 
Safety is a Volvo hallmark, and the nimble C30 is packed to the gills with big-car protection. Four-wheel anti-lock disk brakes with big 16-inch rotors provide lots of secure stopping power, and there are airbags for front, side and side-curtain coverage. The Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) is built into the front seats. Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) ensures that full stopping power is delivered in a panic stop, and Volvo Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) is also standard. The C30 body structure is very torsionally rigid, which leads to reassuring solidity on the road and exceptional occupant protection.
 
Premier Plus and Platinum trims make it easy to tailor your C30 with the options you want. Premier Plus adds a power-operated moonroof, LED daytime running lights, power front seats with three-position memory for the driver, and aluminum inlay interior accents (T5) or a load cover (R-Design). Going for the Platinum trim on either the T5 or the R-Design includes all the goodies from the respective Premier Plus trims, plus a 12-speaker, Dolby® Pro Logic® II surround Volvo Premium Sound System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with six month trial subscription and the Volvo Navigation System with Map Care.
 
The available Climate Package adds the Interior Air Quality System (IAQS), which filters the air coming into the cabin. Also included in the Climate Package are heated seats, headlight washers, Electronic Climate Control  and a rain sensor. Other options include a Blind Spot Information System, Keyless Drive and Active Dual Xenon headlamps. Accessories range from skid plates for the exterior, to sport pedals and special floor mats for the cabin, to an extensive selection of “Pack and Load” sport equipment racks, load boxes, cargo nets, load area mats, load bars, tie-down straps and much more. An electric cooler and heater box is available, as is a portable navigation system, and available styling kits for the exterior and interior help your C30 fit your personality.
 
Performance enthusiasts will find the available Polestar Performance engine tuning upgrade to be one of the most compelling options for the C30. Boosting the turbo five’s output from 227 hp to 250 hp and upping torque to a big 273 lb/ft, the Polestar Performance enhancement makes a noticeable change in the sense of urgency of the C30. The best part is that the increased power doesn’t do any damage to your warranty, giving you as much peace of mind as the extra passing power does.
 
The best-in-class Volvo Safe + Secure Coverage Plan gives C30 drivers five years or 50,000 miles of worry-free Basic Warranty protection, and tops it off with five years or 50,000 miles of Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance, five years/50,000 miles of Wear and Tear Coverage and five years of Roadside Assistance with no mileage limit. No other manufacturer offers coverage this comprehensive.
 
There are plenty of choices for premium Sport Coupe buyers. There are luxury and performance offerings from several manufacturers, but the C30 is the only Volvo in the field. Try out the 2012 C30 T5 and R-Design models on a test drive, and see which one fits you best.


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