Citroen Ends C3 Pluriel Production
The vehicle, which is the topless version of the original Citroen C3, offers an interesting top stripping solution. The user can chose between folding down the canvas roof (obtaining some sort of a gigantic sunroof) or removing the lateral elements to get a full drop-top experience.
The C3 Pluriel entered the market in the summer of 2003 and has registered a total production output of 109,682 units.
The “creme de la creme” version of the car is the C3 Pluriel Charleston (the one that you can see in the adjacent image). This is a modern reinterpretation of the theme used by the famous Citroen 2CV 6 Charleston, using a two tone (black and Bordeaux Red) exterior finish. The limited edition, which uses 15 inch rims, also comes with top interior features, such as gloss-black trimming and a leather upholstery.
What’s interesting is the fact that the vehicle has managed to stay on the market for seven years without receiving a facelift, while facing competition from rivals like Peugeot, who offered both the 206 CC and its successor, the 207 CC.
The model that will replace the C3 Pluriel will be the upcoming DS3 Cabrio, which should make its debut in 2012 (this is the earliest market release expected date). This means that Citroen’s offer in the compact cabrio vehicles will move upmarket, as the DS range is Citroen’s premium sub-brand. It is unclear yet if the vehicle will use a canvas or a folding metal roof.