Citroen At The Paris Motorshow

A stunning concept, a revolution in car design, a best seller gets even better and more.

High-flying Citroen will be unveiling not one but three sensational new models to the world at the 2002 Paris Motor Show – the breath-taking C-Airdream concept car, the mould-breaking C3 Pluriel and a new look for the popular Berlingo Multispace.

With its sleek aerodynamic exterior styling and its light and bright interior, the Citroen C-Airdream concept car will attract many visitors with its looks alone yet, beneath the stunning exterior of this imaginative 2+2 coupe, the use of drive-by-wire technology and advanced electronic systems reinforces Citroen’s reputation for innovation.

Shown for the very first time in its production ready form, the inspirational Citroen C3 Pluriel, is a car which is truly unlike any other in the world - a five-in-one vehicle that proves that the excitement and ingenuity of a concept car can make it to production. From its four-seat saloon guise, the C3 Pluriel can easily be transformed into a ‘panoramic saloon’, a ‘cabriolet’, a ‘spider’, or even a ‘spider pick-up’.

Citroen will also unveil the New Look Berlingo Multispace. On the outside, the redesigned bonnet and front wings, new headlamps, deeper bumpers and 15" wheels express a more robust look. Inside the cabin, the dashboard has been restyled to offer even more stowage space and, with more creature comforts and multiplex-linked functions, the versatile best-seller is set to become even more popular.

Making a special appearance will be the Citroen C-Crosser concept car - a sports utility vehicle capable of morphing from a spacious six seater into a semi-roadster and then into a pick-up. First shown in 2001, the four wheel drive, four wheel steering C-Crosser demonstrates ‘drive-by-wire’ technology, while the ‘moveable’ steering wheel allows the driver to sit in any one of the front three seats.

Motorsport fans will also receive a special treat with the appearance of Citroen’s awesome Xsara WRC. Fresh from a successful year, which included the recent victory in the Deutschland Rally, the Xsara WRC will compete in every rally of the World Rally Championship series in 2003.

Other highlights on the Citroen stand include a restyled version of the UK’s best selling light commercial vehicle, the Berlingo, along with models from the rest of the range such as the stylish New C3 and the C8 MPV, set to be launched in the UK in the new year.

Published 4 September 2002 Melanie Carter

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