The Volvo C30 is to be axed following a lifespan of just seven years, and the last ever car is bound for Britain Volvo announced earlier this week.
First glimpsed as the SCC Concept at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show and initially slated for production in 2002, it was finally revealed in production spec at the 2006 Paris Motor Show.
The C30 was an interesting alternative to mainstream hatchbacks and coupés, and instantly hailed as the spiritual successor to the decidedly left-field 480 coupé. Volvo positioned it perfectly as a niche, upmarket product that drivers wanted to be seen in - even if it failed to be as practical and user-friendly as it should have been.
With the more recent launches of sporting coupé hatches including the Vauxhall Astra GTC, Renault Mégane coupé and Volkswagen Scirocco, not even its looks - little changed from the SCC Concept - could fully compensate for a lack of dynamic sparkle.
It went on to sport a huge range of engines, including frugal diesel and petrol units. The T5’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine found service in the Mk2 Ford Focus ST.