An Expert View On Citroen

Citroen’s policy of producing attractive, great value cars, along with its widespread application of useful technology, is becoming increasingly appreciated by the UK public. Now, automotive industry experts have added their seal of approval with the announcement that Citroen’s C2 supermini and the Company’s innovative Lane Departure Warning System have received two major accolades.

The Citroen C2 has been named best City Car in the Fleet Excellence Awards 2005, voted for by readers of some of the country’s most influential fleet magazines. The C2 was praised for its combination of "style, fun and technology, together with its inexpensive running costs, which make it ideal for the more youthful (or young at heart) driver who wants a stylish company car".

At the same time, Citroen has clinched the Innovation Award with its unique Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), which is designed to help prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel. Editor of Fleet Week magazine, Tristan Young, commented, "Our award-winner is a pain in the butt. Literally. Sensors at the front of the car detect when the vehicle has strayed across the white lane dividers of a motorway and in response send a pulsating warning to the driver’s appropriate buttock."

The Lane Departure Warning System is just one of a number of practical innovations recently unveiled by Citroen. The Stop & Start system, which automatically switches off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, has just been introduced on the C3, and promises to slash urban fuel bills and CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, the award-winning new C4 features both a unique fixed centred controls steering wheel and built-in air freshener, while directional headlamps, which broaden the driver’s field of vision at night, are also available on the New Look C5.

Published 21 January 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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