A TOUCH OF GLASS: CITROňN INTRODUCES THE NEW C3
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CitroŽn has released first details
of the new C3, a completely redesigned successor to the popular C3
supermini – a bestseller with over 2 million units delivered worldwide.
Going on sale in mainland Europe from November 2009 and
arriving in the UK early in 2010, the new C3 boasts contemporary lines
and seductive styling, compact exterior dimensions – cleverly matched
to exceptional interior space – good environmental credentials and a
refined, high quality interior – as well as offering a unique and
innovative windscreen design.
On the outside, new C3 gets a sportier edge, with a tauter
profile that gives the car a more dynamic, yet robust appearance.
Nowhere is the modern styling more apparent than in the design of the
new C3’s unique Zenith windscreen, which flows dramatically up and over
the heads of the front occupants. Coupled with slim side pillars,
the huge progressively tinted windscreen offers a truly panoramic field
of vision – along with optimum overhead sun protection.
The new C3 is at ease in the city, with its compact
dimensions and 10.2m turning circle, as well as on the open road,
thanks to its enhanced dynamics. The careful control of weight,
combined with optimised aerodynamics (Cd of 0.30), allows the new C3 to
achieve excellent fuel consumption and CO2
I was given to understand that further details would be announced on 8th July 2009 (the day after the 90th anniversary of the launch of the Type A,
CitroŽn's first car) but today - 29th June 2009 - these photos and
information were made available. The text above comes from CitroŽn UK
and the text to the right and below comes from SA Automobiles CitroŽn.
A UNIQUE, ALLURING PERSONALITY
The new C3 is asserting its personality. The
recognisable protective roundness of its predecessor is given a
sportier edge with tauter, smoother lines. Exciting with a gentle
touch: the essence of seduction.
The styling and refinement of the new C3 are seductive.
The materials are high class, such as the thermo-coated dash,
highlighted by a cross strip in satin grey or gloss brushed aluminium,
and chrome detailing. The new C3 takes trim level and quality to a new
dimension. This is illustrated perfectly by care with gap and flush,
attention to every detail and robust design.
The new C3 is one of
the most compact vehicles in its segment. With a length of 3.94 m, a
width of 1.71 m and a 10.2 m turning circle, it is perfect for the city.
A compact exterior, without compromising on interior space. The new C3
has the roominess it needs to assert its new status as the main family
car or core fleet vehicle. This can been seen in the generous 300
litres of optimised boot capacity, numerous storage spaces (console,
glovebox, central armrest…), medium-height seats facilitating access
and visibility, and optimised interior space offering more knee room.
The new CitroŽn C3 is more spacious, but still compact. It’s a “real”
car, with upper-segment features.
The new C3 is a “connected” car. In addition to the RD4
mp3 audio system, the USB Box (USB slot + jack, full iPod
compatibility, Bluetoothģ hands-free kit) and MyWay navigation, the new
Hifi Systemģ surrounds passengers with sound, as if they were in a
concert hall. The system offers not only exceptional sound quality, but
comes with a competitive price tag.
IMPRESSIVE AND REASONABLE DYNAMIC FEATURES
new CitroŽn C3 will make others green with envy with more dynamic road
handling, it is as comfortable on the open road as in the city, and has
managed to keep a slim figure by not putting on any weight! An
exceptional achievement given the convincing increase in comfort and
interior space. This weight control, combined with optimised
aerodynamics (a Cx of 0.30), the new C3 manages its fuel consumption
and CO2 emissions intelligently. Right from launch, it will come in a
version emitting 99 g/km de CO2, with the HDi 90 DPFS engine.
That expertise in managing fuel consumption will reach a new stage with the arrival of new powerplants in 2011,
incorporating second-generation Stop & Start. Coupled with
five- and six-speed electronic gearboxes, they will equip diesel
versions emitting only 95 and 90 g/km de CO2. In short, the new
generation of three-cylinder engines will enable versions emitting less
than 100 g/km de CO2.
Visiodrive’ – the word created to best describe the new
CitroŽn C3 – is born out of this unique windscreen, which is yet
another example of CitroŽn’s use of ‘Creative Technologie’. The
screen helps to create a bright and pleasurable cabin environment for
driver and passengers alike – improving visibility, road safety,
driving pleasure, ambience and the overall feeling of
Inside the cabin, attention to detail and the use of
high quality materials, delivers an air of refinement and class, which
is complemented by enhanced sound insulation and a pleasant fragrance
from the car’s integrated air freshener.
Despite its added sophistication, increased comfort and
interior space, the new C3 remains one of the most compact vehicles in
its segment – and avoids any increase in weight over the current
model. At just 3.94m long and 1.71m wide, it offers a generous
300 litres of boot space, along with numerous storage areas throughout
the cabin. Occupants also benefit from a feeling of comfort and
roominess with a slightly raised seating position for ease of access
and improved visibility.
From launch, an HDi 90 powered version will be available emitting just 99g/km CO2 – the first full production CitroŽn to emit less than 100g/km.
Whilst the arrival of new power plants from 2011,
incorporating second-generation Stop & Start technology, will see
diesel versions emitting as little as 90g/km CO2, to be followed by new generation three-cylinder petrol engines with less than 100g/km CO2.
Modern and perfectly at home in the 21st century, the new C3 can be well connected with USB, iPod and Bluetoothģ functionality, as well as offering CitroŽn’s ‘MyWay’ satellite navigation and Hifi Systemģ.
NEW CITROňN C3 – VISIODRIVE
Beautiful, young, intelligent. The new C3 by CitroŽn.
Coming out in November 2009, the new CitroŽn C3 has a
strong ambition: to replace a bestseller that has sold more than 2
million units. “This is a major renewal for the Marque and gives us the
wherewithal to achieve our target of increasing market share even more,
among both individual and corporate customers,” says Frťdťric Banzet,
Managing Director of CitroŽn.
The winning formula: take the best of the C3 and make
it even better. The new C3 is packed with seductive features: tauter
styling, high-class trim, intelligent architecture creating exceptional
interior space in what is still one of the most compact vehicles on the
market, and superior on-board comfort and road handling, both in the
city and on the open road. With the most advanced features in the
segment, the new CitroŽn C3 will be ideal as the
main family car or core fleet vehicle.
But that’s not all. The Zenith windscreen makes the new
C3 unique. As well as drenching the cabin in light and expanding
visibility, this windscreen introduces passengers of our Visiodrive to
a new driving experience. “With the new C3, CitroŽn is opening up a new
automobile universe. A universe where reason and responsibility leave
room for new driving pleasure. And new sensations,” says Vincent
Besson, Products and Markets, CitroŽn.
These quality features are confirmed in the design and
manufacturing of the new CitroŽn C3. Made in France, on the industrial
sites of Aulnay and Poissy, the new vehicle meets high quality
standards, both new and over time. To guarantee optimum reliability,
and iron out the last imperfections, it will be put through more than 2
million kilometres of on-road testing before the market release.
A NEW DRIVING EXPERIENCE
The new experience goes further and gets better with
the Zenith windscreen, a technological feat. This exceptionally long
windscreen expands the front occupants’ field of vision by 80į upwards.
Combined with slimmer pillars, the Zenith gives all occupants a sense
of unlimited, high-definition vision. Total immersion. As a world
first, the progressive glass smoothes the transition from the strong
sun protection above the front passengers to the standard clear glass
for looking forwards. The saloon with the biggest windscreen and the
smallest roof on the market delivers more new driving sensations! The
new C3 offers more visibility and light, for more safety and driving
Speaking of pleasure, our Visiodrive naturally benefits
from the Marque’s know-how in comfort. Everyone will be extremely
comfortable on board the new CitroŽn C3 for all the senses: not just
low noise and low vibration, but fragrant and nice to look at, with the
many windows and air freshener. A relaxing atmosphere. A great car to
drive and be driven in.
||© 2009 Julian Marsh/CitroŽnŽt/SA Automobiles CitroŽn