Citroën C1

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Citroën C1
Citroen C1 front 20080417.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Citroën
Production 2005–present
Assembly Kolín, Czech Republic (TPCA)
Designer Donato Coco
Body and chassis
Class City car
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Related Peugeot 107
Toyota Aygo
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L 1KR-FE I3 (petrol)
1.4 L DV4 I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,340 mm (92.1 in)
Length 3,435 mm (135.2 in)
Width 1,630 mm (64.2 in)
Height 1,468 mm (57.8 in)
Curb weight 1,775 lb (805 kg)

The Citroën C1 is a city car produced by the French manufacturer Citroën since June 2005.[1]

The C1 was developed as part of the B-Zero project by PSA Peugeot Citroën in a joint-venture with Toyota. The Peugeot 107 is identical to the C1 other than the front bumper and front and rear lights, while the Toyota Aygo is slightly more differentiated but still obviously similar. All of them are built at the new facilities of the TPCA joint-venture (Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile) in the city of Kolín, Czech Republic. The project was presented for the first time at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. The cars are four-seater, three-door or five-door hatchbacks measuring 3.40 metres (133.9 in) in length. The body was designed by Donato Coco. The C1 is not sold in Japan.

Overview[edit]

Rear view of five-door Citroën C1 showing tail light clusters

A notable feature of the five-door C1 and 107, though not the Aygo, is the large tail light cluster, which extends from the edge of the rear doors to the rear window, meaning there is no external metal "C-pillar".

The C1 is powered by a 1.0 L three-cylinder engine, which has a fuel economy of 61.4 mpg (UK gallons EU method; 4.6 L/100 km EU method; ca 43.4 mpg US with US method). A 1.4 L four-cylinder HDI diesel engine which has a fuel economy of 68.9 mpg (UK gallons EU method; 4.1 L/100 km EU method; ca 48.8 mpg US with US method) is also available.

According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, the C1 is the production car with the second-best fuel economy both among petrol engines (after the Toyota Prius)[2] and among diesel engines (after the Smart ForTwo).[3]

In January 2010, PSA Peugeot Citroën announced that it is recalling "under 100,000 units" of the C1 and the Peugeot 107, following the worldwide recall by Toyota for a faulty sticking accelerator pedal - in which the Aygo is affected. Under certain circumstances, the pedal can stick in a partially depressed position, or return slowly to the off position.[4]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h,s Top speed Note CO
2
emission (g/km)
1.0i 12V I3 998 cc 68 PS (50 kW; 67 hp) @6000 rpm 93 N·m (69 lb·ft) @3600 rpm 13.7 98 mph (158 km/h) 106
Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h,s Top speed Note CO
2
emission (g/km)
1.4HDi 8V I4 1398 cc 55 PS (40 kW; 54 hp) @4000 rpm 130 N·m (96 lb·ft) @1750 rpm 15.6 96 mph (154 km/h) 109

Trim range (UK)[edit]

  • The Vibe, 3 door or 5 door, this was the basic model and the cheapest. Only available with the 1.0i engine.
  • The Rhythm, 3 door or 5 door, this trim added remote central locking, colour-coded wing mirrors, two side airbags and an engine rev counter. The 1.4 HDi diesel and the 1.0i petrol engines were both available with this trim.
  • The Code, available in both 3 or 5 door and with the 1.4 HDi engine, added to the Rhythm specification by including 14 inch alloy wheels, half leather trimmed seats, chrome interior trim inserts and glove box cover.

Special editions (UK)[edit]

  • The Cool - based on the Vibe, adding Air Conditioning and blue seat fabrics/dashboard inserts, available in Lipizan White or Damas Blue.
  • The Airplay - based on the Rhythm, adding full iPod connectivity, iPod cradle, a 4 GB iPod Nano and coloured dashboard inserts and door pulls. Early models were available with bright, swirling decals. This model was originally revealed at the 2006 British International Motor Show.

2009 & 2012 facelifts[edit]

2012 Citroën C1 facelift ("Blue Botticelli" colour)
2009 Citroën C1 facelift
2012 Citroën C1 Selection Sport-Paket
2012 Citroën C1 on the German Ordnungsamt

In January 2009, the Citroen C1 was facelifted at the same time as the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo.

The new C1 features a new front bumper incorporating a new grille, in-keeping with Citroen's family look. Trim levels were also refreshed - basic Vibe models became 'VT', and Rhythm became 'VTR'. Seat fabrics and ventilation controls were also changed, and all models received colour-coded front bumpers and new wheel trims.

A special-edition 'Splash' was available at launch, though this was a strictly limited edition. This was based on the basic 'VT'. However, it featured Air Conditioning, CD player, electric front windows. The Splash model was available in Electra Blue or Lipizan White. Electra Blue came with white door mirrors, whilst the Lipizan White came with glossy black door mirrors.

Engines remained the same, but tweaks mean the 1.0 petrol now emits just 106 g/km of CO
2
and reportedly able to achieve 72 mpg-imp (3.9 L/100 km; 60 mpg-US) fuel consumption.[citation needed] The 1.4 HDi diesel engine remains unchanged, again only available in the higher specification. Three new colours were also added to the line-up.

Citroen has made another facelift in 2012, this includes new bumper, new LED daylight, new shade of blue exterior colour and also improvement in the fuel economy. In the interior, the CD player has been changed and a new style steering wheel.

Second Generation (2014-)[edit]

At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Citroen revealed the new-look, completely redesigned version of the C1 which is built at a factory of the Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile Czech (TPCA) in a joint venture between the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo.

Additional versions[edit]

Designer Franco Sbarro created an extreme C1, called the C1 GT, a design concept that follows the same theme of his previous Xsara Picasso Concept. The extreme bodywork feature very wide wheels and gullwing doors, alongside a modified 1.6L 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) engine from the C2VTR and C4 WRC rallycar brakes. It's said to have reached over 130 mph (210 km/h).

In Portugal a commercial van version called the Entreprise is offered, equipped with the 1.4L diesel engine and available only in the 3-door body, for urban use. Its 107 sibling also offers an identical version.

In the United Kingdom the Electric Car Corporation has been selling an electric car based on the C1, called the Citroën C1 ev'ie since 30 April 2009. Its list price on that date was £16,850 (US$$24,989), "double the cost of the petrol version".[5][6][7]

Reliability[edit]

Breakdown statistics reported by the German Automobile Club in May 2010 placed the Citroën C1 (which the data grouped with the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo) at the top of the sub-small car class in respect of the low break-down rates achieved for cars aged between 1 and 4 years.[8][9] Class laggards were the Chevrolet Matiz (0–3 year old cars) and the Smart Fortwo (4–5 year old cars[8]).

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
Citroen C1 1.0 5 door LHD hatchback (2005)[10]
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: 26 4 /5 stars
Child occupant: 37 4 /5 stars
Pedestrian: 14 2 /4 stars

Sales[edit]

Year Worldwide Production Worldwide sales Notes
2009 116,100[11] 117,000[11]
2010 102,250[11] 105,200[11]
2011 88,669[1] 87,673[1] Total production reached 639,760 units.[1]
2012 65,800[12] 66,700[12] Total production reached 705,600 units.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Memento March 2012". PSA Peugeot Citroën. March 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Die sparsamsten Benziner (German)". Der Spiegel. 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Die sparsamsten Diesel (German)". Der Spiegel. 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Peugeot follows Toyota in Car Recall". BBC News. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  5. ^ Webster, Ben (2009-04-30), "Electric Citroën C1 car is ready, but government grants are not", The Times (London), retrieved 2013-05-01 
  6. ^ "Car Reviews - First Drive", Autocar, 2009-04-30, retrieved 2013-05-01 
  7. ^ "The Electric Car Corporation Launches the Citroën C1 ev'ie - The UK's First 4 Seat All-Electric Production Car", theautochannel.com, 2009-04-30, retrieved 2013-05-01 
  8. ^ a b Rudschies, Wolfgang; Dieckmann, Hendrik; Kroher, Thomas (2010). "Die ADAC Pannenstatistik 2009". In Ramstetter, Michael. ADAC Motorwelt (May): 26–27. 
  9. ^ "Pannenstatistik - Kleinstwagen", ADAC Motorwelt, May 2010, retrieved 2010-05-13 
  10. ^ "Euro NCAP results for Citroen C1 1.0 5 door LHD hatchback". euroncap.com. 2005. 
  11. ^ a b c d "PSA Peugeot Citroën 2010 Registration Document". PSA Peugeot Citroën. 2011-04-22. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  12. ^ a b c Memento Mars 2013. PSA Peugeot Citroën. 21 February 2013. p. 50. Retrieved 31 July 2013. (French)

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