Citroen To Storm Paris Motor Show

With the world public debut of two new car ranges, the stunning C4 as well as the bold New Look C5, together with the C3 Stop & Start and the C2 VTS, Citroen are set to take the Paris Motor Show by storm later this month.

Striking looks, a spacious interior, high levels of safety and security together with numerous technological innovations make the new Citroen C4 stand out from the crowd. The innovative lane departure warning system, directional Xenon headlamps and multi functional fixed centred controls steering wheel will help the Citroen C4 win many admirers when it goes on sale in the UK later this year.

The eye catching C4 will be available in two distinct body styles, a five door hatchback and a three door coupe, both of which provide a class leading drag co-efficient of just 0.28.

Paris also sees the debut of the New Look Citroen C5. Already widely praised for its spaciousness and comfort, the C5 now benefits from a fresh new look and even further enhancements to its equipment and mechanical specification. Its styling now sports a much more poised and balanced look bringing both the saloon and estate bang up to date.

The new front end features the latest Citroen corporate look with boomerang headlamps and a bold double chevron badge in the grille whilst from the rear, the New Look C5 saloon features a longer tailgate that gives the appearance of a boot but adds the practicality of a hatchback whilst the new rear lamp clusters complete the striking design.

Many of the innovations featured on C4 will make their production debut in the New Look C5. As well as lane departure warning and moving headlamps, these include a speed limiter, laminated glass for the side windows to reduce noise and improve security, and a low tyre pressure warning system.

C4 and C5’s star billing in Paris will be shared by the C3 Stop & Start, the only mainstream supermini to save fuel and reduce emissions by automatically cutting the engine whenever the car is stopped in traffic.

By combining SensoDrive, the company’s paddle shift clutchless manual gearbox, with an electronically controlled reversible alternator, the C3 Stop & Start can cut urban fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 17%.

With C3 Stop & Start the engine cuts out moments before the car comes to a standstill, restarting the instant the driver removes his or her foot from the brake pedal. C3 Stop & Start will be powered by a 90 HP 1.4 litre petrol engine when it goes on sale in the UK later this year.

Having made its world debut in the UK in the last month, the exciting new C2 VTS now makes its first motor show appearance at Paris. Powered by an uprated 125 HP 1.6 litre petrol engine, this ultimate expression of C2’s urban cool status accelerates to 62 mph in a shade over 8 seconds and powers on to a top speed of 126 mph.

With a chassis and suspension design featuring firmer spring and damper settings, thicker anti-roll bars and stylish 16 inch alloys shod with wide Michelin sports tyres, the C2 VTS offers unprecedented levels of handling and grip in a car priced at under £12,000 and with an insurance rating of just group 8.

"This Paris motor show is a real watershed for us. With the double launch of the C4 and New Look C5, almost our entire range has either been renewed or significantly uprated in the last couple of years, giving us one of the most comprehensive and modern ranges on the market," said Alain Favey, Managing Director of Citroen UK.

"The C2, C3 and C3 Pluriel superminis give us broad appeal in the supermini sector, the C8, Xsara Picasso and Berlingo Multispace make us one of the UK’s most popular MPV brands, and now, with the C4 and New Look C5, we are set to mount our most serious challenge yet in the family and business car sectors," he added.

Published 14 September 2004 Melanie Carter

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