In Europe, the so-called C-Segment is the single largest volume vehicle class, so when a manufacturer brings out a new model in that class, it's an important move. C cars are compacts like the Ford Focus, VW Golf and Opel Astra. Citroen's C car is called the C3 and it's all new for 2010. Visually, the most remarkable element of the C3 is the "Zenith windshield" which stretches back almost to the B-pillar. Seeing something like this is common on concept cars (see: Kia No 3) but rare on production cars, especially mainstream models.
The 12.9 foot long C3 has managed to not add any weight in spite of the enormous piece of glass up front. Citroen has improved the efficiency and it will get even better next year with further powertrain upgrades. For 2010, the HDi 90 DPFS version will get a CO2 emissions rating of just 99 g/km. Next year, a second-generation start/stop system will yield variants that get 90 and 95 g/km.
Paris, 29th June 2009
NEW CITROËN C3 – VISIODRIVE
Beautiful, young, intelligent. The new C3 by Citroën.
Coming out in November 2009, the new Citroën 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 Frédéric
Banzet, Managing Director of Citroën.
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 Citroën 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, Citroën 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, Citroën.
These quality features are confirmed in the design and manufacturing of the new Citroën 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 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 Citroën C3 is more spacious,
but still compact. It's a "real" car, with upper-segment features.
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 80° 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 pleasure.
Speaking of pleasure, our Visiodrive naturally benefits from the Marque's know-how in comfort. Everyone will be
extremely comfortable on board the new Citroën 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.
The new C3 is a "connected" car. In addition to the RD4 mp3 audio system, the USB Box (USB slot + jack, full
iPod compatibility, Bluetooth® hands-free kit) and MyWay navigation, the new Hifi System® 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
The new Citroën 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
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.