PARIS - The U.S. version of the Volvo C30 hatchback will be launched only with a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, executives said last week at the auto show here. The car will be offered in front drive only, despite its 218 hp.
Canada and Mexico may get a 168-hp, nonturbo five-cylinder engine.
"For American buyers, to give the car the right starting point, it deserves the turbocharged engine," Hakan Abrahamsson, C30 project director, said.
With the turbo-five engine, the C30 can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds.
Volvo expects to sell 65,000 C30s globally, with 75 percent of sales in Europe. As a result, the United States probably won't get the vehicle until September 2007 rather than June, as expected, so that dealers have sufficient inventories, Volvo Car Corp. CEO Fredrik Arp said.
Pricing for the United States has not been announced because standard equipment is being determined. In Sweden, the C30 T-5 is priced at $34,000, although it probably will be priced much lower in America.
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