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well there is word about a new volvo C30
C&D April '05 said:
Somthing smaller than the S40 sedan will be arriving at Volvo dealers by the end of 2006, confirms Hans-Olov Olsson, the CEO of Volvo Cars. Likely dubbed the the C30, the diminutive Swede will be a front drive hatchback coupe powered by either a four or five cylinder engine and built on the same platform as the S40. Styling will be reminiscent of the Safety concept car shown in Detroit in 2001 and the 3CC concept shown in Shanghai last fall. The little Volvo is part of an ambitious plan to increase sales from 460,000 to 600,000 by the end of the decade.
 

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Additionally, there are rumors of a Jaguar or even Land Rover varian, but these are no more than speculation based on what I've read.
Tuesday 22nd February 2005 (http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/54477/freelanders_ready_to_grow.html

Freelander's Ready To Grow
Hiding the underpinnings of one of the most important new SUVs of the decade, this is one Land Rover that couldn't escape this week's magazine's spy photographers.

At first glance it might look like a standard 4x4, but the bulging wheel-arches and mismatched panels are the clues that underneath this bodyshell lies the all-new Freelander.

And not only can we bring you the latest pictures of the firm's newest test mule, but we can also reveal how the next model will look when it appears in 2006. Blending the slab-sided shape of the Discovery with existing Freelander features, the styling will be an evolution of the current model's.

However, buyers keen to find out about the short-wheelbase variant will be disappointed - as Land Rover has decided to drop the three-door. As part of a plan to move the Freelander up-market to directly rival BMW's X3 and Mercedes' forthcoming X-Class, the five-door will become the firm's smallest model until a new compact SUV is added to the line-up in 2008.

To give greater interior space, the Freelander's exterior dimensions will grow, but better packaging means that the small increase in size outside will give a lot more room in the cabin. Expect the new premium image to bring with it plenty of luxuries inside, but the model will still retain a rugged edge.

It's not yet known if the full Terrain Response system will be lifted from the Discovery, but Land Rover is keen the Freelander will match its competitors
in the rough. The 4x4's underpinnings can be traced back to parent company Ford's Focus C1 platform, but Land Rover is working closely with Volvo to adapt the chassis for off-road use.

As well as forming the basis for the next-generation Freelander, the running gear will be used in a new entry-level SUV from the Swedish firm, badged XC50. However, Land Rover will fine-tune the suspension and drivetrain to achieve its own balance of tarmac and mud-plugging ability.
The Freelander will be powered by a choice of 2.0 and 2.2-litre TDCi diesels or the 2.7-litre V6 oil-burner from the Discovery. Four-cylinder and V6 petrol units will also be available. The newcomer is expected to debut early next year and go on sale towards the end of 2006.
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Also, http://www.autocarmagazine.com/news_article.asp?na_id=214333:

Meet the next X-type

Jaguar is poised to give the green light to a shock new high-roof ‘crossover’ 4x4 that could replace the X-type and will be hot competition for the Mercedes R-class and BMW’s recently announced ‘SFC’ vehicle. The company is aware that the global car market – and especially the all-important US market – is seeing a shift towards cars that combine the utility of an MPV with four-wheel-drive and the slick lines of an upmarket estate.

Based on conventional car-like monocoque structures, these vehicles also have more car-like ride and handling. Jag bosses realise that they cannot afford to miss another major new car trend after failing to take advantage of the diesel revolution and also missing out on the estate and 4x4 markets.

US dealers are crying out for some kind of crossover from Jaguar. Over the past few years Saab’s US dealers were in a similar predicament, with around 40 per cent of customers leaving to buy 4x4s. GM’s answer was to rush out the 9-7X, an American-built off-roader.

But this kind of compromise won’t be forced on Jaguar. For once, it is perfectly placed to meet market trends. It has all the components at its disposal to create a spacious, luxurious high-roof four-wheel-drive vehicle – with up to seven seats – and have it on the market by late 2007.

Jaguar boss Joe Greenwell recently admitted that he had asked design chief Ian Callum to look at possible approaches to the ‘crossover’ market. Jaguar is also struggling to make money selling the X-type in the US and knows that a family-oriented crossover would give a much better profit margin.

Moreover, the X-type is based on a stand-alone set of components (which increases manufacturing costs) and by late 2007 will be seven years old. The Crossover would be an ideal replacement for the smallest Jag.

The kit of parts Jaguar engineers can draw on is known inside Ford as the EUCD platform, sometimes referred to as ‘C1 Plus’. The first product to be created from EUCD is Ford’s SAV – a car which was revealed earlier this month at the Geneva Show, and which is similar in concept to the new Jaguar. But it also expected to form the basis of future large Volvos (kicking off with the S80), the next Mondeo and Galaxy family, as well as at least two off-roaders.

Next year Ford will begin work installing an EUCD production line in Jaguar’s Halewood factory, which will build the new Land Rover Freelander. EUCD is broken up into three main chunks each with their own name, and is the combined effort of Ford, Volvo and Land Rover engineers. Jaguar is perfectly placed to take advantage of the opportunities offered by this clever modular platform.

Jaguar sources have remained tight-lipped but officially Jag says: ‘Jaguar’s advanced design studio evaluates industry trends… which means looking at all areas of the market, including crossovers. However, there are no plans currently in place.’

At the moment, the effort going into the last stages of the new XK programme and the all-new S-type means that Jaguar’s engineers have their hands full. But the urgent need to enter this new market niche and the vast engineering effort being expended by other members of the Ford family means that the Jaguar crossover project could be completed much more quickly than normal. Much of the development work on the various ‘modules’ (such as the four-wheel-drive system) is already underway, if not already complete.

Despite all this, Autocar has uncovered evidence that Jaguar has had an eye on the crossover market for some time. A Lexus RX300 was photographed last year entering Jaguar’s research and development centre (left) and shows signs of carrying test equipment (note the sensor strapped to the roof). The RX300 is generally regarded as one of the first crossovers, as it combined a car chassis (it’s based on a Toyota Camry) with four-wheel drive, chunky styling and raised seating position.

Over a decade ago, Ford looked at building a Jaguar 4x4 based on the Ford Explorer. Although the result would have been mechanically the crudest Jaguar ever, it would have predated the massive 4x4 boom that changed the US market in the 1990s.
 

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It looks like the C1 was a good performer and/or has excellent economical value to be the basis of so many vehicles.
 

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is the Volvo V50 still a C1 car in 2007? Can anyone tell me about the differences? My Father in law is looking at buying one.
 
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