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5th March, 2010

The strength of the Australian dollar against the Euro has enabled CitroŽn to offer a petrol engine in the new CitroŽn C5 for the first time, but only for a limited period, giving the CitroŽn C5 a new recommended entry level price of $45,990 Driveaway.

ďWhen we launched the new CitroŽn C5 we took the decision to go all-diesel because weakness of the Australian dollar meant that the price advantage of a petrol engine was outweighed by significant advantages of the diesel engines,Ē explains Miles Williams, General Manager of CitroŽn Australia. ďBut with the reversal of fortunes for the dollar and the Euro, there is now a significant price advantage for a 2.0 litre 103 kW petrol version of the new C5 and this has enabled us to add it to the Australian range. But it is an offer that has a definite shelf life. This powertrain will cease to be available to us this year, so this value for money version of the C5 will only be available for the first half of 2010.Ē

Fitted with the 2.0 litre 103 KW engine and an electronically controlled automatic gearbox, the CitroŽn C5 2.0 16V has a top speed of 205 km/h and it will despatched the run from a standstill to 100 km/h in 11.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is 8.9 litres/100 km on the combined test and it drops to just 6.7 litres/100 km on the open road.

Featuring the Comfort trim and equipment level, the CitroŽn C5 2.0 16V is fully equipped not just with CitroŽnís unique features, such as the Hydroactive suspension that delivers legendary levels of ride quality and comfort, and the fixed hub steering wheel that enables a larger, more effective airbag to protect the driver, but also a full range of luxury items. The seats are upholstered with a new sporty blend of cloth and soft French leather and the driverís seat has eight way electric movement and memories; cruise control and a speed limiter make driving safe and relaxing, the windows and locks are power operated and the ventilation system is a full climate control system with separate temperature adjustment for either side of the car. Like all C5s, the new 2.0 litre 16V boasts a full Euro NCAP five star rating as well as technology such as ABS brakes, Electronic Stability Control and Dynamic Control Headlights to help avoid accidents.

With its long, sleek body, sculpted lines and high waist, the C5ís striking styling gives it a true sense of status.†The front of the car is characterised by large air-intakes and long incisive headlamps that flank the prominent chrome chevrons and assert the C5ís identity. From the rear, the distinctive concave window and two-part boomerang lights give it a purposeful, determined impression.

Internally the Citroen C5 offers its occupants an environment of quality, comfort and safety. Utilising the Companyís most advanced vehicle technology, the new C5 offers an involved, reassuring and† satisfying driving experience, ideally suited to drivers who spend long hours on the road, or for those seeking secure transportation for their families.

Inside the cabin, the same taut, flowing lines seen on the exterior are replicated in the curvy detailing around the doors and dashboard, echoing the pursuit of quality throughout the car. Mood lighting further enhances this feeling, with ambient light glowing from the carís doors and dashboard in the Exclusive variants.

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The styling is exemplified by the instrument panel design, where aviation-inspired annular needles run around each of the dials, allowing an electronic display unit to be integrated in the centre of each, providing the driver with further visual information. The aircraft theme also continues with the overhead warning lights.

The C5 features class-leading levels of soundproofing for total onboard comfort. Unlike other cars in the segment, it boasts multiple door seals and an acoustic windscreen for noise reduction.

Offering the optimum mix of comfort and dynamics, the Citroen C5 has been developed with a choice of two suspension set-ups based on the running gear of the C6 saloon, with double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, with Citroenís unique Hydractive 3+ suspension ensuring maximum comfort, within the normal mode or the Sport mode.

Drivers can also rest easy knowing that their car is not only comfortable, but extremely safe too. CitroŽn is renowned for producing some of the safest vehicles on the road and the new C5 is no exception. Equipped with the very latest CitroŽn technology, the C5 provides its occupants with reassuring levels of protection in the event of an accident. The stiffened body and cabin structure incorporate both upper and lower absorbers at the front to soak up energy released in the event of impact.

Driver and passengers are fully protected by up to nine front, side and curtain airbags, as well as a torso-shaped bag which is deployed thanks to the unique CitroŽn-specific fixed hub steering wheel, for ultimate safety. Awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating for adult occupant protection, the new C5 is one of the safest cars on the road.

Control in difficult conditions is aided by the C5ís advanced braking system Ė Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Braking Assistance, ABS and ESP are all fitted as standard.

CitroŽnís new C5 is a child friendly environment, with four one-touch electric windows with an anti-pinch function and an electric child-safety lock for the rear doors and windows, all fitted as standard.

Improved visibility and safety at night is provided by the Citroen C5ís enhanced headlight system.† Not only are xenon dual-function directional headlamps fitted as standard to the Exclusive variants, but also Dynamic AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) is also standard, which improves visibility and safety on corners and at junctions.†The Comfort model is fitted with static AFS.

Load space is abundant, thanks to the split folding rear seats, which lie completely flat, to increase boot space. Access is made even easier by the unique shape of the concave windscreen, which provides a larger boot aperture.


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