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8th November, 2010

Citroen will release the new C3 at the end of November. The new hatchback will open its Australian "career" with an entry level price of $19,990* (MLP*).

“Right from its launch in 2003, the original C3 has played a significant role in Citroen’s Australian sales,” explains Miles Williams, General Manager for Citroen in Australia. “With that first generation selling out in Australia back in May, we have a considerable pent-up demand for the new model. We have, therefore, released details of the prices and specifications ahead of the arrival of the new model so that customers can start selecting and ordering their new C3”

The new Citroën C3 is a smart, sophisticated, low emissions and unique 5-door supermini, designed for modern transport needs, both in the city and on the open road.

Boasting contemporary and dynamic styling, a sleek profile, refined quality throughout and an optional massive panoramic ‘Zenith’ windscreen, this is a car that sets a new benchmark in the small car segment - and is a bold reinvention of its popular predecessor, which sold more than two million examples worldwide.

With a focus on four main areas - STYLE, QUALITY, SPACE and EFFICIENT PERFORMANCE - Citroën’s design team have made one of the most appealing and rewarding models to own in its class.

In addition, thanks to the availability of the unique panoramic Zenith windscreen, new C3 provides something extra - a totally new motoring sensation. Just one of the stand-out design features of this new car, the vast and flowing glass area is a quintessential application of Citroën’s ‘Créative Technologie’, a feat of vehicle engineering and an unparalleled offering in the small car market.

Not only one of the most compact models in the small car sector (9 cm shorter than 207 and Clio), the new C3 also offers one of the most spacious cabin environments and a class-leading 300-litres of boot space. The new C3’s intelligent architecture optimises internal volumes and provides generous amounts of room for all occupants - ensuring exceptional driver and passenger comfort.

On the road, new C3 combines refined performance with a smooth ride and nimble handling. The designers’ focus on the control of weight and optimising aerodynamics means the new C3 is one of Citroen’s most CO2-efficient models.

To further promote money-saving eco-friendly driving, some versions feature a Gear Efficiency Indicator (GEI), which alerts the driver at the optimum moment to change gear - helping them to minimise fuel consumption.

Designed with the latest technology to suit 21st century driving requirements, new C3 is available with Bluetooth® and USB connectivity for portable media players as standard on the Exclusive versions and optional on other variants. The new C3 also benefits from a six-speaker audio system, with the availability of a new eight-speaker Hi-Fi system for concert theatre-like sound quality.

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New Citroen C3 offers a choice of two petrol power-plants – one of which was co-developed with BMW – plus Citroen’s HDi turbo diesel. With combined cycle fuel economy at 6.1 l/km for petrol models, and from  4.3 l/km on the Turbo Diesel version and a remarkable open road figure of just 3.7 l/100 km for the Turbo Diesel, the new Citroën C3 offers a combination of stylish and economical motoring. The all important carbon dioxide rating is from as little as 110 g/km.

The new C3 features an array of active and passive safety equipment, which includes a reinforced body structure and ESP, ABS with EBD, EBA as standard, as well as the availability of cruise control with speed limiter on four out of five variants.

The new C3 will be offered in Citroën’s three core trim levels – VT, VTR+ and Exclusive.

Prices start at $19,990* for the Citroen C3 VT, while the VTR+ costs $23,490* with the combination of a petrol engine and an automatic gearbox or $23,990* for the turbo diesel and manual drivetrain. Topping the new range is the C3 Exclusive with the petrol engine/automatic gearbox priced at $25,990* and the turbo diesel/manual gearbox at $26,490*.

“The stylish, grown-up, yet fun C3 is impossible to confuse with any other car,” says Miles Williams. “Retaining the exuberant charm and friendly personality of its predecessor, the new C3 represents a bold, contemporary, dynamically rewarding and fresh approach to the compact family vehicle, and provides a unique offering with that sensational panoramic Zenith windscreen.”

“In these exciting times for Citroen, new models such as C3 clearly show the confidence of the brand. This new car illustrates our determination to exceed expectations, to do away with convention and to provide practical benefits through the use of Créative Technologie.”

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) is indicated in the body of this news story. The MLP excludes dealer delivery fees and the state/territory statutory charges. These additional costs are commonly referred to as on-road costs. Additionally, all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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