World Debut Of The Citroen C1

Citroen C1

Citroen C1

The fun and funky Citroen C1 city car is making its world debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show (1-13 March). The baby of Citroen’s supermini range, the C1 comes with three or five doors and offers economical, in-town motoring for up to four passengers with all the necessary style, comfort and practicality to suit most everyday journeys.

With the introduction of the C1, Citroen now has arguably the most comprehensive and modern range of superminis around. Alongside C1, the C2 offers a full range of engines and specifications in a sporty 3-door bodystyle, the curvy 5-door C3 provides greater levels of space and practicality while the C3 Pluriel caters for motorists who want all the fun of a convertible.

The C1’s fun and friendly character is expressed at the front end, by the wide wraparound bumper, rounded bonnet and curvy headlamp clusters positioned high up the front wings. At the rear, the glass tailgate, crystal and anthracite rear lights, and deep bumper combine to provide a look that is both attractive and distinctive.

It is from the side that the difference between the two bodystyles is most noticeable. The flowing lines of the 3-door’s dynamic profile are enhanced by the shape of the rear windows and wheel arches, whilst the highly original design of the 5-door sees the rear doors extend right back to the eye-catching lamp clusters, easing access for passengers.

Inside, the C1’s ultra modern themes continue with the funky fascia design. The instrument pod, separate rev counter and air vents are all of a circular design, while the heating control panel is made of a translucent material that glows orange whenever the lights are turned on, in harmony with the driver information and audio system displays.

The four, two-tone seats are trimmed in fabric or velour, complementing the colour-keyed door panels. The clever design of the front seat backrests maximises leg room for rear seat passengers, with interior space further optimised by the 2.34m length of the wheelbase.

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Published 2 March 2005 Melanie Carter

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