- Jul 23, 2006
Citro�n C-P1NK, C1 Airplay not afraid to show their colors
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.
Citroen C1 - standard trim (for comparison)
STRIKING NEW MODELS ADD TO THE APPEAL OF CITROËN'S C1 CITY CAR
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