Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Citroën South Africa, has had a busy year launching a bevy of new models and now new additions to the line-up are being introduced that will complete the range.

The C3 range now has a serious contender in the diesel engine segment. Initially a small number of 1.4-litre diesel engine models were imported to test the market.

Now a 1.6-litre HDi 90 turbo diesel model has been introduced. It develops 66kW of power and 215 Nm of torque, which is a sizeable increase over the 1.4-litre diesel’s 50kW and 160Nm. Importantly, it has the remarkably low CO2 emission rating of 110g/km, which means buyers do not have to pay the government’s recently introduced CO2 emissions tax.

The new diesel derivative, as well as most of the other C3 models, is front-wheel drive with a 5-speed manual gearbox. A 1.6 VTi Automatic will be released before the end of the year.

The 1.6 HDi 90 newcomer is based on the equipment and trim levels of the Seduction variant and it is priced at R205 900. No CO2 tax applies. Claimed performance levels are a top speed of 180km/h and 0 - 100km/h acceleration in 11 seconds.

The top of the range C3 1.6 VTi Exclusive is also being offered with added options which will fulfil the emotional needs of the C3 customers: a Hi-Fi pack, and 17" alloy wheels will be an added advantage to the style of the vehicle.

This state of the art HIFI system brings a new dimension in the audio experience through: a seventh speaker, positioned in the central part of the dashboard ; with a distinctive chrome décor; and an amplified subwoofer, situated on the right of the boot (reduction of the boot space by 13 litres).

These two elements combined improve the whole audio listening experience by bringing more strength and clarity to the sound of the music and the 1.6VTi Exclusive+ option pack will be priced at R208 000 excluding CO2   tax (R209 368).
The new additions increase the models in the local C3 range to seven, with the entry level 1.4i Attraction model priced at R161 610 including VAT and the new CO2 tax. Prices include a 3-year/100 000km warranty, a 4-year/60 000km service plan and 3-year road side assistance.

Despite an interior with unrivalled interior space and one of the largest luggage compartments in the segment, at 300 litres, it is one of the most compact hatchbacks in its range. This makes for ease of driving in urban areas, while still having enough space for undertaking long distance trips in comfort.

The latest C3 opens the door to a new automotive world, one where reason and responsibility go hand in hand with a new and novel motoring experience, according to Citroën’s MD Frederic Chapuis.

What sets the new C3 range apart is Visiodrive derived from the massive, Zenith windscreen that brings a new motoring experience to all the occupants. The car has the biggest windscreen and smallest roof in the class, but advanced engineering technology ensures that safety is not sacrificed for the dramatic appearance.

This unique windscreen provides the largest angle of vision to its driver and passenger, without sacrificing their comfort due to an advanced glass treatment reflecting most of the sun’s heat.

All aspects of performance have been improved over the previous model including driving enjoyment and ride comfort in town and on the open road, while fuel economy is even better than before and engine development has included and ambitious CO2  reduction programme that has reduced CO2 emissions from the range of petrol engines to between 134 and 140 gm/km.

 “We are a customer driven company and it is for that reason that we offer such a wide range of products, equipment and trim levels as well as extra-cost options, explained Citroen’s product and price Manager Geoffroy de Russe.

“The additional C3 variants are a further example of the way we strive to satisfy customer requirements” he said.


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