• Sep 16th 2009 at 6:19PM
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2010 Citroen C3 - click above image for hi-res gallery

It's really a shame we can't buy Citroens in America anymore. Main reason is the awesome C6. Second reason is that all the small Citroens we poked our heads into at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show had sticks. By comparison, more than half the VWs were slushers. Moving on – check out this cute little guy! It's the new C3, complete with its "Zenith Windshield." As you may have noticed, the front piece of glass goes all the way to eleven. We like this, because as time moves on, safety concerns and styling trends are forcing more and more glass out of the cabin. It's getting so bad that you can't hardly see out of the new Chevy Camaro. Not so in this here Citroen C3. Forward visibility for the win. And the view from outside the car ain't so bad either. High style, low price – what's not to like? Full press release after the jump.



Citroën 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.

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.

'Visiodrive' – the word created to best describe the new Citroën C3 – is born out of this unique windscreen, which is yet another example of Citroën'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 spaciousness.

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.

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 emissions.

From launch, an HDi 90 powered version will be available emitting just 99g/km CO2 – the first full production Citroën 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 Bluetooth® functionality, as well as offering Citroën's 'MyWay' satellite navigation and Hifi System®.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      too bad we do not see these cars on the US roads. really stupid!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice looking car. It's ashame we don't see this much glass on cars over here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Plenty of people drive stick in North America. I'll bet 3/4 of all MINIs sold are stick. Explain that one!? Once again MINI defies the "rules" of what [North] Americans do/like/accept ... and wins.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Ferrer make it 5/6 or even more.
        • 6 Years Ago

        hmmmm, everyone here in europe gets teached how to drive manual, standart.
        some people in the netherlands who can't pass the exam on a manual, must request or a seek a driving school where they have an automatic, if you can't pass with a manual, you get a stamp in your licence and may never drive a manual car.

        the average weigth is about 1200kilo, so they aint realy that small.
        most of the cars(golf, leon, 207, a3, etc, etc) can reach 200km/h+ easily.

        manual driving is safer, an automatic car can only brake and probaly 90% of time make a full hit in case off an accident in sight, just like a death wieght.
        in a manual you can quickly reduce gears, engine break and still have traction and avoid the obstacle by.
        this can be combinating engine break + break pedal or engine break + trotle depending in situation.
        you're also more concentrated, 99% of the curves in the city require to reduce to 2nd gear.
        1 hand on the wheel and the 1 hand on the knee/shift knob, 99% of the time.

        that's how you get it teached here.
        0 - 20km/h 1th gear
        20 - 40 in 2nd
        40 - 60 in 3rd
        60 - 80 in 4th
        80 > in 5th gear
        this counts for 4 cyl engine and pretty much also to the 5/6 cyl engines.

        the first driving lessons on a parking are done like this.

        the reason why the germans added standart automatics on the v8+ engines is too prevent engine damage.
        a v8+ engine with a 50km/h speed limit in the city would be in 2nd gear, just on the limit of the 2nd too 3rd gear.
        • 6 Years Ago
        3/4 of European population drives a stick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm painfully aware of that Ferrer. When you have a small car, with a small engine, it only makes sense. The MINI is a shadow of itself with the CVT. One needs stick to compensate for a relatively small engine, plus it's a very well done manual transmission, thus making it a pleasure and far more fun in an already fun to drive vehicle.

        I see many, many MINIs everyday where I live and the vast majority of them are manuals, and I live in Philadelphia (i.e. America). I don't know the actual figures, but it sure seems like in the case of MINIs, most people buy the stick-shift ones.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @naturalyshocked some year ago here only 14% of cars were sold as automatics. That makes 86% of the cars sold here manuals. And in many cases people who buy autos and have more than one car have manuals too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would be great in the US, badged as a Saturn. Roger Penske, hello! LOL! Although, it'd probably cost more than its worth to make it pass US emissions/safety requirements, as well has making it LH drive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Only the UK drives on the left in Europe. Doesn't anyone pay attention to movies filmed in europe?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, excuse the hell out of me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Citroen is french and the country is LH drive.
        the pictures show LH drive.

        what you talking about

      • 6 Years Ago
      I do like Citroën new designs but I don't get why they make their rims look like German iron cross ?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in China where Citroens, Peugeots and Renaults are sold. And I was really looking forward to the opportunity to finally buy one of the above (I ended up with a Skoda Octavia). Looks aside, even in China these cars get the WORST reviews for reliability. Several months ago the Chinese government froze Renault imports because the cars were deemed dangerously lacking in key areas in terms of safety and reliability. So not meaning to fuel a stereotype, the cars look great but you don't really want to own it unless you have a car mechanic living in your home.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I kinda doubt that. For years Citroens are probably the second most common workhorses among the taxi fleets in China, after VWs. I think these guys would know a thing or two about reliability.

        Peugeot on the other hand has a bad reputation in China, because of old stereotypes from the 80s. Same for Renault. The main reason is these two brands don't sell that many cars in China, so people are left with the old image.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think we all know that China blocked Renault over trade disputes with France!
        • 6 Years Ago
        eh, renault is one of the safest cars here in europe, they achieve high euro ncap safety ratings.
        so i don't believe you.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Gary, the reason the communist party froze the imports of Renaults had absolutely nothing to do with the car, especially not the safety as Renaults, next to Volvo, is THE brand that spends most time, effort and money on safety.

        The reason Beijing stopped Renault was that Dalai-Lama was given an honorary french citizenship that week, and obviously China don't like the Lama. I fear this post may never reach you as it has the words "dalai lama" in them and is likely to be filtered out by the Great Firewall of China.
      • 6 Years Ago
      PSA makes really nice looking alloys nowadays...
      • 6 Years Ago
      NEVER paint a car baby blue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "It's getting so bad that you can't hardly see out of the new Chevy Camaro. "

      So it wasn't just part of the design??
      • 4 Years Ago
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