• Jul 23rd 2006 at 11:29AM
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Citroen C-P1NK

Well, you can't accuse Citroën of taking a conservative approach at this year's British Motor Show. The automaker has its full lineup on display, including some new special edition models and a few attention-grabbing show cars and concepts

The fuel-sipping (60 mpg!) C1 city car is well-represented, with special editions bowing in the form of the C1 Airplay and C1 Rhythm, and a garish new show car called the C-P1NK. The C1 Rhythm is a C1 3-door that benefits from a healthy infusion of additional standard equipment. Appearance-wise, there are no changes -- it looks like a regular C1.

The C1 Airplay, on the other hand, loosens up a bit. Available in black or red, the interior features either high-gloss red or chrome accents on the gauge rims, door panels, and shifter. (The exterior paint finish selection determines which cabin trim package is used.). In addition to those detail enhancements, the Airplay gets equipped with a 1GB iPod nano and dash-mounted dock. If you want to further personalize the car's look, the body can also be dressed up with optional side decals, but we're not so sure that's a great idea. The C1 has plenty of style as is -- no need to fix what isn't broken.

Finally, the C-P1NK is a pure show car that really assaults the senses. Fitted with an aero kit and a nice set of alloys, it takes its namesake color scheme and really runs with it. Not only is the bodywork finished in a garishly hot "passion pink," but it's also covered with custom airbrush designs on the hood and side panels. In back, the exhaust outlets are heart-shaped.

(Additional info and photos after the jump)


The sensory overload continues inside, where glossy pink accents are applied to the doors, gauges, and HVAC controls. The seats get upholstered in black leather and light pink alcantara, and the factory stereo gets pulled. The new head unit incorporates a flip-up LCD display, while a new amp and speakers ensure that the system booms. The stereo's display also receives the feed from a newly-added reverse camera.

Citroën says that the C-P!NK was designed by women for women, but we're not so sure we know any women who would go for the C-P1NK's audacious color scheme. On the other hand, we're fairly certain that we know a lot of people who would be interested in the C1's equally gaudy fuel economy numbers. No matter how much (or little) you dress it up, the baby Citroën a sharp little ride that offers plenty of style on the cheap.

C-P1NK interior:

C1 Airplay:
Citroen C1 Airplay
Citroen C1 Airplay

Citroen C1 - standard trim (for comparison)
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Citroën is expanding the appeal of its C1 city car with the introduction of three new models – 3 and 5-door versions of an exciting new special edition, the C1 Airplay, and a 3-door version of the range topping Rhythm model. To be launched at the British International Motor Show in London this July, the new models will add to the thousands of C1s already sold in the UK, in a small car sector that has grown to account for a third of all cars sold.

The funky looking 1.0i petrol C1 Airplay comes with a stylish 1GB black iPod nano and integrated docking station that allows music to be played through the car head unit and speakers. Specially designed to appeal to the young-at-heart, this new special edition costs £6,495* for the 3-door and £7,145* for the 5-door version.

Furthering its appeal to buyers who want to stand out from the crowd, the C1 Airplay can be personalised with the option of unique, eye-catching side decals, costing from just £70, while the vibrant red and black exterior colours are complemented on the inside by red high gloss or 'chrome' interior trim. Based on the 1.0i Vibe, the C1 Airplay is additionally equipped with remote control central locking and front electric windows.

The other new addition to the Citroën C1 line-up is a great value 3-door version of the 1.0i Rhythm. On sale for £6,875*, the C1 Rhythm features an impressively big list of standard equipment for such a little car, including ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Cornering Stability Control, remote central locking, four airbags, power steering, MP3 compatible CD player, front electric windows and a spherical rev counter.

All C1 models are inexpensive to own and run thanks to low recommended retail prices, low fuel consumption figures of over 60mpg on the combined cycle, low CO2 emissions of just 109g/km, as well as a lowest possible 1E insurance group rating. On top of this, the C1 comes with a 4-star EuroNCAP rating for adult occupant protection providing extra peace of mind where safety is concerned.


Pink is the new green for Citroën at the British International Motor Show

Citroën is displaying a number of unique cars at this year's show and they are certainly grabbing the attention of the crowds attending the Docklands venue.

Most striking is the spectacular C-P1nk, designed by women, for women – although it is stopping everyone in their tracks as they pass by the stand. Its stunning, airbrushed, 'passion pink' finish features the faces of beautiful mystical creatures on the bonnet and doors, with the heart-shaped tailpipes giving a final female touch. Citroën's c om munication director, Marc Raven, said, 'While the pink colour of the bodywork is eye-catching, this is a special vehicle because being, based on the Citroën C1 model, it has impressive fuel consumption and low CO 2 emissions – proving that green can be fun as well!'

And it sounds as good as it looks! All the speakers have been upgraded, while the boot has an amplifier to belt out the hits from the iPod and DVD player. It has a state-of-the-art reversing camera to help get into those tight spots. The interior has been re-trimmed throughout in black leather and pink alcantara. Even the driver's sun visor has been redesigned to provide a bigger mirror – perfect for the girl around town!

All photos courtesy of Citroën

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      "They couldn't bring enough over here to the US to satisfy demand for a car like that."

      A quick google got these numbers for the C1:

      C1 Vibe: 1.0L Petro engine
      Combined MPG: 51
      0-60 MPH/s: 13.7

      C1 Rhythm: 1.4L Diesel engine-55bhp
      Combined MPG: 57
      0-60 MPH/s: 15.6

      Personally, I like the car and would love to see them here in the US, but this car has a snowball chance in making it here in the US.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "but this car has a snowball chance in making it here in the US."

      I seem to remember hearing the same thing about the Datsun B210, the Corolla and the Civic back in '76
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh no. It looks like that horrible S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furrius.
      • 9 Years Ago
      us poor color-phobic americans
      • 9 Years Ago
      They need a "Hello Kitty" version.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Datsun B210, the Corolla and the Civic back in '76"

      Yeah, and none of "those"
      are around today...

      Obviously, some of the names are still around, but they are no longer the same breed of cars. Today, those 70's cars are replaced by Versa, Yaris, and Fit. However, NONE are as miser as the C1. Sure, these new breed of US small cars are doing well for now, but the future is still uncertain.

      There are signs that people are getting used to $3+ a gallon, so the shock that would drive people to buy small cars will continue to wane. Last July has set the record in US gas consumption, even after all the complaints about high prices for the last few years.

      The death of gas-guzzlers is highly exaggerated. Big still sells, and people are just shifting down to something a little smaller, a bit more efficient. This doesn't mean that he pulbic has embraced the idea of owning a "small" car yet.

      Put a C1 next to a Yaris and Americans will pick a Yaris any day. 40 MPG with more horsepower will trump 60 MPG any day here in the US.

      Yeah, I still believe that things have to REALLY be bad for the C1 to make it here.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I would take it over the Yaris any day, though not in pink.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "They couldn't bring enough over here to the US to satisfy demand for a car like that."

      Let's see:

      C1 Vibe: 1.0L petro
      Combined MPG: 51
      0-60: 13.7s.

      C1 Rhythm: 1.4L Diesel,
      Combined MPG: 57
      0-60: 15.6s


      I *LIKE* the car, but I don't see it making it here in the US.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "The C1 is a city car, you can't compare it with the Yaris."

      That's my point. Since when has Americans think about "settling" for a City car, but rather think that they would need a car/truck that has to be ALL things for the few occasions that seldom arrives.

      Maybe a C3 is comparable to the Yaris, but people will always pick a C3/Yaris over a C1. To Americans, C1 means giving up all the expectations of a car for the sake of saving fuel.
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