Citroen Wants 10% of European B Segment by 2012

Citroen has really high expectations from its small models and hopes to snatch at least 10 percent of the European B segment by 2012. Basically, the French manufacturer wants to achieve this optimistic goal with the help of the new generation C3, the new DS3 and the new C1 that will be released in the upcoming months.

By 2012, Citroen aims to equip most of its models with several CO2 reduction technologies, including start-stop systems and new five- and six-speed transmissions, wrote. Furthermore, a three-cylinder petrol engine will be released in 2012, with preliminary emission figures dropping below the 100 g/km threshold.

Citroen is reportedly working on a low budget range called Essentielle, whose first model might be rolled out between 2010 and 2013. It could be based on the C-Cactus concept displayed at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. The concept was weighing just 1,306 kg and featured a hybrid HDi drivetrain, which brought fuel consumption as low as 3.4 l/100 km and released 78 g/km of CO2.

Separately, PSA Peugeot Citroen is also hoping to get better sales across Europe after the deal between Magna and General Motors gets the final signature. Customers might be unsettled, PSA hopes, which would lead to the French alliance to get more buyers in the small car segment, mostly thanks to its extended lineup of cars included in this particular area.

Peugeot has already announced plans to launch the new 5008 in Opel's domestic market, as a move aimed at bringing more buyers previously interested in models manufactured by the German brand. The 5008 will compete with Opel Zafira.
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