CitroŽn at the Paris Motor Show 2008
New trends, new technologies
ecology and creativity are the key words on the CitroŽn stand at the
2008 Paris Motor Show. The Marque's line-up includes no fewer than 34
vehicles, of which eleven new vehicles and eight concept cars, all
featuring new trends and technologies.
A leader on environmental issues
Thirty percent of the vehicles sold by CitroŽn in Europe emit no more than 120 g of CO2/km. Restating its commitment and leadership in environmental technologies, the Marque is turning the spotlight on its:
- clean vehicles, emitting less than 120 g of CO2/km;
- proven technologies, such as the particulate filter, Stop & Start and the clutchless gearbox;
- hybrid vehicle strategy, with four concept cars HYmotion: Hypnos, illustrating the latest breakthroughs in this field with the hybrid technology HYmotion4; the C4 HYmotion2 and C-Cactus, reflecting CitroŽn's plans to integrate this promising solution in affordable mass-market vehicles; and the C4 WRC HYmotion4, extending ecological principles to sports cars.
A richer and even more modern range
aims to meet the needs of an increasingly diversified and demanding
customer base, as illustrated by its wide and innovative range.
- With the C3 Picasso, CitroŽn is premiering a new-generation MPV of bold, ingenious design, suitable for all situations
- European leaders
in the compact MPV and leisure-activity vehicle segments, the
C4 Picasso and new Berlingo deliver an exceptional travelling
experience with enhanced driveability, light and modularity. The C4
Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso are expanding their line-up of driving
aids and engines, while the new Berlingo is now available in a
- Restyled and with new engines, the new C4 delivers even higher standards of performance with increased economy.
- Also premiered at the show, the C3 Pluriel Charleston borrows the two-tone black and burgundy colour scheme of its predecessor, the 2CV, which is celebrating its 60th birthday on October 7.
Concepts shaping new trends and innovations
new concept cars give CitroŽn an opportunity to showcase its expertise
and to establish its credibility in a number of areas:
- the environment, with Hypnos, a new take on an ecological executive vehicle, and C-Cactus, an ecological and attractive expression of the essential car;
- creativity with GTbyCITROňN.
This concept car makes CitroŽn the first vehicle manufacturer to cross
the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds with a life-sized
concept car created specially for the Gran Turismo 5 driving simulator;
- fashion and luxury, with the 2 CV ‘HermŤs’ and two C3 Picasso concept cars with unique colours and materials.
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is also synonymous with technology. The Marque is continuously rolling
out new innovations to enhance passenger comfort and safety, such as:
Snow Motion, a world first in traction technology, and Hydractive III+ for superlative road manners;
- the clutchless gearbox, for its sheer driveability,
- Stop & Start, a system that cuts fuel consumption by putting the engine in standby, for a quiet, comfortable journey;
active bonnet system, the lane departure warning system, and Xenon
dual-function directional headlamps for high standards of safety;
- the fixed-centred controls steering wheel, the head-up display, the USB Box and a telematics range with the recent addition of MyWay, a system for relaxed travelling.
A leader on environmental issues
CitroŽn has an active stance on the environment:
- almost 30% of the vehicles sold by the Marque in Europe emit no more than 120 g of CO2 per km (market share of 15%);
- almost 50% emit no more than 140 g of CO2 per km (market share of 10%);
- with European market share of more than 25% for cars emitting no more than 110 g CO2/km, the C1 is the leading economical/ecological vehicle.
vehicles combine respect for the environment with functional
efficiency, at an affordable price. At end-2007, CitroŽn introduced the
Airdreamģ eco-label for the most ecological vehicles in its range.
EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR LOWER FUEL CONSUMPTION AND LESS POLLUTION
CitroŽn has initiated new technologies that cut fuel consumption and limit emissions of CO2
and particulates. The HDi engines and particulate filter consume
between 20% and 35% less fuel than a comparable petrol engine, as well
as doing away with particulates and smoke.
Other systems have also been developed and brought to market:
- A high-performance micro-hybrid system: Stop & Start
was one of the first manufacturers to market the Stop & Start
system, shipping it with the C2 and C3. This micro-hybrid technology
cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the city by around 10% – and up to 15% in heavy traffic.
A new-generation Stop & Start system will arrive on the market in
2010. The aim for CitroŽn is to make the system available across the
entire range, on both petrol and diesel vehicles. The new-generation
system, which will cut fuel consumption and CO2
emissions still further, will continue to use alternator/starter
technology. This is the best solution for instant start-ups that are
transparent to users.
For enhanced performance, the new Stop &
Start will also recover energy during deceleration and braking, in
order to recharge the vehicle battery without increasing consumption.
- New petrol engines for greater driveability and economy
is marketing a new family of high-tech petrol engines developed jointly
with the BMW Group. More economical, more ecological and with higher
standards of performance, they also deliver enhanced driveability. The
new C4 was the first CitroŽn model to reap the benefits of these VTi
120 and THP 150 engines, followed by the C4 Picasso and Grand C4
Picasso. The C3 Picasso will also be available with the VTi 95 engine.
- Lower consumption with the clutchless gearbox
is European leader in the field of smart gearboxes. The 5- or 6-speed
clutchless gearbox is a real alternative to conventional manual and
automatic transmissions, not only in terms of driveability and comfort,
but also in terms of fuel consumption, which is between 3 and 5% lower
than with a manual gearbox. Today, this gearbox is available on many
vehicles in the range: from the C1 to the C4 hatchbacks, not forgetting
Nemo, C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso.
- An efficient line-up in biofuels
All the HDi engines in the range can run on a fuel blend containing up to 30% biodiesel. This technology reduces CO2 emissions and promotes the use of renewable energy.
BioFlex versions of the C3, C4 and Xsara Picasso running on
superethanol E85 (85% ethanol and 15% petrol) are also available in
some countries such as Brazil. These models also have strong
environmental credentials, with CO2 emissions from field to wheel being reduced by up to 40%.
- Dual fuel petrol-CNG versions
is also marketing dual-fuel petrol-CNG versions of the C3, Berlingo
First and C4 Picasso in some countries. These vehicles run primarily on
natural gas, which produces around 18% less CO2 emissions than petrol, while emitting no particulates, sulphur, benzene lead or other harmful by-products.
HYBRID technology AT THE HEART OF ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY
- HYmotion4 technology: thrills and efficiency
architecture of HYmotion 4, a diesel hybrid drivetrain, presented at
the Paris Motor Show on the Hypnos concept car, is unique for its rear
axle-mounted electric motor. This simple and innovative layout
optimises the dynamic performance and traction of the vehicle, while
keeping down fuel consumption and emissions (4.5 l/100 km and 120 g/km
of CO2 for Hypnos). It also features an "extended" completely silent all-electric mode.
If the driver keeps his foot down on the accelerator pedal, the boost
function kicks in to provide the immediate torque required. This
function combines the torque of the combustion engine with that of the
electric motors to deliver outstanding performance without increasing
fuel consumption. In conditions of low grip or strong acceleration, the
car goes into four-wheel drive mode, with the electric motor powering
the back wheels and the combustion engine the front wheels. This
four-wheel drive configuration provides greater traction.
The new HYmotion 4 technology will be used on future CitroŽn vehicles.
- C-Cactus: a new attractive and ecological take on the essential car
is an ingenious take on vehicle design, centred on essential values.
The Marque's ambitious aim was to develop an ecological hatchback with
cheerful, attractive styling, sold at the same price as an entry-level
C4. With its HDi hybrid drivetrain, it consumes just 2.9 litres /100 km
for 78 g/km of CO2.
To square this complex equation,
CitroŽn is exploring new forms of design. It has decided to abandon
features that are not essential to comfort and to focus instead on
technology, styling and equipment that are positive, ecological and
valued by users.
- C4 HYmotion2: hybrid technology for all
Presented at the Paris Motor Show, the C4 HYmotion2 concept car
reflects CitroŽn's continuous and focused research into hybrid
vehicles. This research, which produced the HYmotion technology,
symbolise the Marque's ambitions to make this technology affordable to
the greatest number when production costs have fallen.
The C4 HDi boasts low fuel consumption (3.4 l/100 km) and low CO2
emissions (90 g/km). At the same time, it maintains the renowned
driveability of HDi engines, backed up by the specific advantages of
the hybrid powertrain, such as all-electric mode at low speeds.
- C4 WRC HYmotion4: an ecological sports car
the C4 WRC Hybrid, a concept car aimed at all those looking to combine,
styling, ecology and sport. Ecological principles are also relevant for
The C4 WRC is always a length ahead, in
both its stage times and its technology. Following the drivers' and
co-drivers' titles clinched by Sťbastien Loeb and Daniel Elena in 2007
at the wheel of the C4 WRC, CitroŽn has innovated with a
high-performance vehicle that also respects the environment.
The C4 WRC concept car combines its WRC technology with a battery pack
that is recharged by the energy recovered during braking in specials or
liaison sections. The C4 WRC HYmotion4 can also be powered by an
electric motor on non-timed sections. In this case, the car is
particularly quiet and shows real respect for the environment.
With the C4 WRC HYmotion4, CitroŽn aims to go further than just a new
sports car concept. Faithful to its ecological policy, it has developed
a new rally concept in which the cars adapt to their environment.
CitroŽn is thus contributing to discussions on future developments in
motor sports. Motor sport regulations change regularly and the
environment is gaining in importance. Depending on future changes
required by the FIA, the C4 WRC HYmotion4 would be ready from day one
to set new records.
A richer and even more modern range
stand features a number of new models: the C3 Picasso new-generation
MPV – one of the main premieres at the show – as well as the new C4,
the C3 Pluriel Charleston, and the Nemo Combi and Berlingo leisure
activity vehicles with new trim.
A New model: C3 PICASSO, CitroŽn’s “magic box”
has skilfully played off the opposing qualities of round vs. square,
strength vs. charm, modern vs. retro, and volumes vs. flow to design a
vehicle with breakthrough styling and an appealing, impish personality.
Featuring particularly innovative architecture, the C3 Picasso combines
compact exterior dimensions with a spacious interior. Measuring 4.08 m
long, 1.73m wide and 1.62m tall, it provides generous space for all
passengers and a vast boot with a capacity of 500 litres VDA under the
CitroŽn's latest vehicle also boasts an intuitive modular design that
lets users optimise interior space in record time. The split-fold rear
seats slide independently over 150 mm. They can be folded with one hand
in a single movement. Combined with a mobile boot floor, this function
provides a completely flat loading space right up to the seatbacks in
On board the C3 Picasso, the innovative three-part windscreen and high
seating position provide driver and passengers a panoramic view of the
world. The total glazed area is an impressive 4.52 m2 with the panoramic roof.
The car’s compact dimensions and tight turning circle make it
incredibly agile and able to dodge obstacles with ease. Designed to
cope with all types of road, the C3 Picasso ships with a range of
high-performance, economical engines. It is available with two
new-generation petrol units – the VTi 95 and VTi 120 – and two diesels,
the HDi 90 and HDi 110 DPFS, renowned for their driveability and
performance. The C3 Picasso models fitted with HDi engines carry the
Airdreamģ eco-label, given to the vehicles in the range with the best
The spacious dimensions and clever design of the C3 Picasso make it
more than just an MPV; a more apt description would be “magic box”.
DYNAMIC UPGRADES for the NEW C4
The C4 is on parade, with a new look, a HYmotion2 version, a WRC HYmotion4 variant.
The new C4 is the second new vehicle on show. Its new look further
emphasises the style acclaimed on its launch. The restyling mainly
concerns the front end, which gains a strong, elegant and dynamic look.
Inside the car, upgrades concern the upholstery, the graining of
several trim parts and a rev counter now positioned in the centre of
Above all, the C4 is expanding its petrol engine line-up. Developed in
cooperation with the BMW Group, the VTi 120 and THP 150 engines are
more economical, more ecological and gain higher standards of
performance for enhanced driveability. Also, the 2-litre HDi diesel
engine already complies with the future Euro V standard. By using new
technologies (such as tyres with very low rolling resistance), CitroŽn
has been able to develop several versions emitting no more than 120g of
CO2 per km, with the HDi 92 and HDi 110 equipped with a manual gearbox or EGS6.
The restyled C4 maintains all the features that have made it a
benchmark in its segment for driving pleasure and safety, including
Xenon dual-function directional headlamps, a lane departure warning
system, fixed-centred controls steering wheel and hill start assist. At
the same time, it expands its array of telematics and audio equipment
with a new radio navigation system, MyWay.
C3 PLURIEL CHARLESTON: a nod to an illustrious predecessor
the 2008 Paris Motor Show, CitroŽn has produced a special version of
the C3 Pluriel featuring the livery of the celebrated 2CV Charleston.
Because it has the same DNA and values as its illustrious predecessor,
the same creativity, optimism, versatility and distinctive style, the
C3 Pluriel was the natural choice to celebrate 2CV’s 60th birthday.
The C3 Pluriel Charleston is a contemporary high-quality
reinterpretation of the Marque’s history. It will strike a chord with a
large swathe of motorists, from nostalgic 2CV fans to style disciples
looking for an individual, image-enhancing vehicle.
On the outside, the C3 Pluriel Charleston features two-tone black and
burgundy bodywork, glossy black door handles and registration plate
trim, and 15-inch aluminium wheels, with red embellisher centres.
On the inside, the C3 Pluriel Charleston is strong on sophistication.
Depending on the country, it combines leather on the seats, steering
wheel and door handles with chrome on the air vent surrounds and
Berlingo AND NEMO: TWO RESOURCEFUL LEISURE-ACTIVITY VEHICLES
reinforce its leadership on the European leisure-activity vehicle
market, CitroŽn is premiering new trim levels on the Berlingo and Nemo
Combi, even more closely tailored to family requirements.
In a few
months time, the new Berlingo will gain a third row of seats to carry
seven people in comfort. The seven-seater version will be even more
modular, with two removable independent seats in row three as well as
in row two.
The Nemo Combi already has a version emitting less than 120g of CO2
in some countries. From early 2009, it will gain a second level of
trim, comprising quarter windows, a tailgate and a 60:40 split/fold
Concepts shaping new trends and innovations
HYPNOS, CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY
is revealing its new concept car, Hypnos, at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
An elegant and distinctive cross-over vehicle, Hypnos draws on a range
of creative technologies to deliver outstanding performance and
environmental efficiency, combined with subtle but powerful motoring
Hypnos features HYmotion4 hybrid technology,
highlighting CitroŽn’s commitment to the environment and showing once
again that this strong ecological focus always goes hand-in-hand with
driving thrills and efficiency.
The initial appeal of the exterior styling is confirmed inside. The
cabin, with its original colours, makes the technology more human and
approachable, as illustrated by its dreamlike clock, onboard colour
therapy and body-moulded seats among other features. A powerful
sensory experience awaits passengers, taking them into the realm of
GTbyCitroŽn, A UNIQUE SPORTING EXPERIENCE FOR THE VIRTUAL WORLD
GTbyCitroŽn, a show-car presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, CitroŽn
becomes the first vehicle manufacturer to cross over to the virtual
worlds: An original take on a road car, GTbyCitroŽn is a style replica
of a vehicle from the digital world. The car is the result of a
partnership between CitroŽn and Polyphony, designer of the driving
simulation game Gran Turismo 5 on Playstation 3. Already shipped in
more than 50 million units worldwide, Gran Turismo is renowned for its
quality, design and realism.
The styling of this concept car is
geared to the world of motor racing, with an elongated rear end and a
colour gradation of white to grey on the side of the body. On board,
the low driving position contributes to driving pleasure.
In the game, GTbyCitroŽn features an electric drive train powered by a
fuel cell with no pollutant emissions. It is a car designed to square
up to the strongest competition.
2CV HermŤs, A TASTE OF LUXURY
The 2CV celebrates its 60th
birthday during the Paris Motor Show, on 7 October 2008. To celebrate
the event, Hermes has designed a made-to-measure outfit that highlights
the vehicle's ever-friendly and generous forms.
The 1989 2CV 6
Spťcial, repainted in brown, gains a natural leather trim on the door
facings, interior rearview mirror, gear knob, steering wheel and
driver's sun visor. For an even more elegant finish, the two seats are
upholstered in HermŤs grey-beige cotton canvas and natural leather. As
a finishing touch, the bonnet and interior trim at the rear of the
vehicle also feature HermŤs cotton canvas.
An exhibition celebrating the birthday of this legendary car opened at
the Citť des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris on 15 April and is
scheduled to run until 30 November 2008.
TWO C3 PICASSO CONCEPT CARS, A CONTEMPORARY ART OF LIVING
C3 Picasso is not just a car. It is an art of living, a car made for
pleasure. It is naturally a source of inspiration for CitroŽn designers
who have developed two concepts specially for the Paris Motor Show, on
the theme of purity and legend. Two opposing but highly similar
One combines pearlescent white bodywork with touches of
orange everywhere, including on the windows, bringing to mind the
lenses of sunglasses. The other vehicle blends black and chrome in its
own inimitable way.
These concept cars confirm the C3 Picasso as a fashionable car with the
ability to adapt its outward appearance to suit. And whatever its mode
of dress, it remains, elegant, modern and affordable.
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continuously develops new technologies that set the highest standards
in comfort and safety for all passengers. Examples include the active
bonnet system, the lane departure warning system, the fixed-centred
controls steering wheel, hill start assist, Xenon dual function
directional headlamps, the head-up display, Stop & Start or the
The latest technological innovations include:
- SNOW MOTION, intelligent traction control
Snow Motion, exclusive to CitroŽn, is an innovative traction control
system with extended functions. It significantly improves traction on
snow-and ice-covered surfaces. The new C5, C4 Picasso and Grand C4
Picasso are the first CitroŽn models to feature this system.
- A CUSTOMISED NAVIDRIVE SYSTEM FOR THE NEW C5
NaviDrive navigation system on the new C5 is renowned for its colour
screen, hard disk for storing maps and music, Jukebox function, GSM
phone and – above all – its link to CitroŽn Emergency, which calls out
the emergency services in the event of an accident.
- In September 2008, NaviDrive expanded its functions
with a video DVD player, a Bluetoothģ hands-free kit and – above all –
a new user interface and new "Full 3D" maps displaying street names,
building names, monuments and relief
- MYWAY, AN AFFORDABLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH A WIDE RANGE OF FUNCTIONS
The new radio navigation system, MyWay, features a comprehensive range
of functions at an attractive price. The new audio and multimedia
system comprises a navigation system with a built-in colour screen,
European maps on an SD-card type medium, an MP3-compatible audio CD
player and a Bluetoothģ hands-free kit.
- USB BOX, TO REMAIN IN TOUCH WITH THE WORLD
USB Box lets users listen to their favourite tunes in the car by
connecting an MP3 player or mobile phone to the vehicle’s audio system.
This modern equipment comprises a USB port, a jack and a Bluetoothģ
hands-free kit. The music is controlled using the functions of the
original system, whether located on the central console or steering
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