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Volvo C30 to get 52 mpg

C30 'Efficiency' version lives up to name, and Volvo says other 2008 models will also see fuel-sipping improvements.

Volvo C30 Efficiency
The Volvo C30 Efficiency is expected to get about 52 mpg. Volvo Car Corporation

Looks like the 2008 C30 from Volvo will offer more to entice young consumers than just an impressive sound system, a hatchback with room for Ikea packages and a wonderfully quirky Web site.

Volvo announced Monday that an "Efficiency" version of the 2008 C30 with a 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine will get about 4.5 liters/100 km (52 mpg).

Additionally, Volvo said that its Volvo C30, S40 and V50 with the 2-liter turbo diesel engine will have a new "Powershift" gearbox that will reduce overall fuel consumption by about 8 percent.

The Volvo C30 was originally announced at the 2006 Paris Auto Show and is anticipated to be a rival for young consumers against Audi's A3 and BMW's Mini, Mini Cooper Clubman and 1-series models.