As a result of the difficult economic conditions we're now experiencing, the European B segment has become just as crowded as downtown New York and more and more carmakers are betting all their money on new, small, fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly models. This particular class is somewhat familiar to Citroen, the French manufacturer having a long history under its belt when it comes to mini and small models.
Citroen's very own star in the segment, the C3
, was already a best-seller, as numbers were pointing to an impressive 2 million units since the first launch in 2002
. Basically, all things went just according to the plan, but the natural progression of things led to a new, improved and masculine-wannabe product.
The C3 was first unleashed in 2002 and, during its lifetime, it received several new body configurations, including a convertible flavor, codenamed Pluriel
, and a mini MPV, known as Picasso
and rolled out at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The design of the car was made by Donato Coco and Jean-Pierre Ploué, who also worked for the first Renault Twingo
As always, Citroen put all its hopes into the car's city-oriented attributes, regardless if we're talking about fuel consumption, emissions, dimensions or comfort. In addition, it fitted several popular technologies inside the car, in an effort to catch the eye of a larger segment of customers, including women and even young and first-car buyers.
The new C3 came to be at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show and Citroen tried to stir a global frenzy announcing all kinds of improvements, most of them beating competition without too much effort. At least, this is what the French manufacturer said at the time of launch...
We couldn't believe our ears so we took the 2010 Citroen C3, in Confort configuration, equipped with a 1.4 HDI engine developing 70 horsepower and mated to a five-speed manual transmission, for a ride. It had a price of around 16,500 Euros with all the installed options, while the base version came with a price tag of 13,800 Euros. If you want to find out if the car is really worth its praise and money, continue reading the chapters below.Continue reading