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1998 C3 Lumière concept
August 29, 2001 Citroën is unveiling the new Citroën C3 at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show. The C3 follows on from the C3 Lumière concept car presented at the 1998 Paris Motor Show, which illustrated the design options explored by the Marque for its future B segment vehicle. With the new C3, Citroën adopts a new approach to compact vehicle design.
Slotting naturally into the Citroën line-up between Saxo and Xsara, the new Citroën C3 achieves its individual style from an innovative design that features two arches running the length of the body. The C3 is a further example of the renewed vitality of the Citroën range, illustrated in particular by the recent launches of the Xsara Picasso and the C5.
Designed by Citroëns Styling Centre, the C3 has a strong and original personality conveyed through expressive styling. Its roomy architecture makes it light, spacious, friendly and accessible. The new architectural design is reflected in the external width (1.67 m) and height (1.52 m), which are exceptional for a vehicle of this length (3.85 m).
Making life on board more comfortable, more relaxed and safer, the Citroën C3s specification will include the availability of a large, electrically-operated glass sunroof and automatic air conditioning, along with all the benefits of multiplex wiring. A rear parking sensor, automatic rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, black panel night-time instrument lighting and automatic activation of the hazard warning lights under heavy braking are just some of the features made possible by multiplex wiring.
In the huge load area, Citroën has scored another first with the introduction of the Moduboard® boot, designed to separate the boot into compartments and offering many different layout possibilities. When it is not required, the Moduboard® can be stored against the back of the rear seats for increased convenience.
Another neat touch is the availability of a child pack. This pack includes activation of the child locks from the dashboard, a 12 volt socket at the rear and aircraft-style trays on the back of the front seats. It also features a child mirror, which is located below the rear view mirror and allows the driver to keep an eye on children in the rear seats.
Driver and occupant safety was a key concern in the design of the new Citroën C3. Built on an entirely new platform, C3s high levels of active and passive safety include a high-yield strength steel construction, six airbags, two of which are side window airbags, three 3-point rear seatbelts, and ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Braking Assistance.
Heralding the new generation of direct-injection diesel engines developed through the cooperation agreement between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Ford, the 1.4 HDi and 1.4 HDi 16V engines make a strong contribution to driving pleasure on board the C3.