Citroen is expanding the fleet appeal of its Xsara range with the launch of a new model specifically aimed at business users. The new Xsara Forte 1.4i five door has been introduced to offer fleet customers a well equipped, but very competitively priced entry-level model in the hotly contested compact fleet car sector.
The new Xsara Forte is available with a recommended, on the road retail price of £9,995 (only £8,495 with the current cashback offer). It is powered by a lively, 1.4i, 75hp engine, with a low 159g/km CO2 rating, which puts its into the 16% 2003/2004 Benefit In Kind category. The new model comes into the £120 per year, Band B Road Fund Licence category and has a low, 6E insurance group rating.
Though priced below the important £10,000 level, the Xsara Forte includes a generous level of standard safety, comfort and convenience equipment. On the inside the new model has a number of unique trim features such as dark blue velour trim, dark blue/black carbon fibre effect dashboard trim and blue seat belts.
As standard the new Xsara Forte’s comprehensive range of active and passive safety equipment includes ABS, with EBD and EBA, adaptive driver and front passenger air bags, front lateral air bags and five, three point, inertia reel safety belts. Standard comfort and convenience features fitted to Xsara Forte include remote central locking, electric front windows, variable assistance power steering, height adjustable driver’s seat, height/tilt adjustable steering column and steering mounted audio controls.
James Parfett, Citroen’s national fleet sales manager, comments, "The Xsara Forte follows on from the recent launch of the C5 VTR as a further step forward in Citroen’s policy of introducing models which appeal to specific business car market sectors. As such, with this new model, Citroen can offer an extremely good value, well-equipped, sub £10,000 challenger in the very competitive fleet compact car sector."Published 12 April 2003