New Citroën C1 dips under 100g/km Co2 emissions for the first time and gets visual refresh for 2012

The Citroën C1 city car has slipped under 100g/km Co2 emissions for the first time as part of its final round of revisions before an all-new C1 is launched in 2013.

This facelifted 2012 Citroën C1 is on show at the Brussels motor show this week.

Tweaks to its 67bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine have resulted in CO2 emissions of 99g/km (down from 103g/km) and combined economy of 65.7mpg (up from 62.8mpg) for the C1 1.0i variant mated to a manual gearbox. The economy improvements make this version exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

The new C1 is also available with an Electronic Gearbox System complete with steering-mounted paddle controls for enhanced handling and driving pleasure. This EGS version delivers 62.8 mpg (combined) and emits 104g/km of CO2.

Styling modifications include a new front bumper, a shorter bonnet and the addition of LED daytime running lights, plus new 14in wheels.

The front bumper has been redesigned to house fog lights and LED daytime running lights. The vertical design LED light signature mimics that seen on the DS3 and C4 Aircross.

Top-of-the-range variants get 14in alloys as standard, while mid-range versions and above feature a chrome grille strip. An uprated CD audio system is integrated with a Bluetooth system and USB socket.

EGS models boast a redesigned leather steering wheel, while manual gearbox versions get a revised gearstick. Citroën has also changed the power steering settings and revised the shock absorbers for improved low-speed agility and ride comfort.

The full UK specification of the car is yet to be finalised, as is pricing, but the C1 is due to arrive here in April.

The Citroën C1 city car has sold more than 80,000 in the UK since its launch in 2005.

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5 January 2012

mmmmmm, vertical LED`s....lovely.

5 January 2012

Not really doing it for me. Surely its about time Citroen replaced the ageing C1 - 7 years is far too long for a product in today's market. Look how quickly the likes of Hyundai and Kia move on

5 January 2012

[quote Autocar]The Citroën C1 city car has slipped under 100g/km Co2 emissions for the first time as part of its final round of revisions before an all-new C1 is launched in 2013.

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Presumably the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 107 are about to follow suit? I think you'd have to say this trio has remained surprisingly competitive eight years on - and even now the slight CO2 advantage still gives reason to consider this car over the newer Volkswagen models. No doubt the Citroen will also have a big price advantage in the real world, too.

5 January 2012

[quote jonfortwo]

mmmmmm, vertical LED`s....lovely.

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You are joking, right?

5 January 2012

seems quite late in the day for a change, but it looks a little better than the current one, with one exception.

Can these LEDs be turned off? they really are awful things.

But the mechanical changes are an obvious thing to have done. Given the marketing advantages of being under 100g/km, and previously being so close means it should have happened before. Are these changes just to the engine or to the gearing too? It was long enough on the previous one so i hope they have managed it without lengthening the gearing further.

5 January 2012

wot is it with Citroen's obsession with vertical LEDs? Have they taken leave of their senses? They simply make the C3 and DS3 look ridiculously tall at the front, like a council estate Cortina minus its engine. Presumably they'd put a fat girl in horizontal stripes too.

5 January 2012

Would still like to see one of these with a bit more grunt and say 120g/km of CO2 (not outside the realms of possibility if it was fitted with a blower).

Still think it would be a complete hoot!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

5 January 2012

[quote LP in Brighton]I think you'd have to say this trio has remained surprisingly competitive eight years on - and even now the slight CO2 advantage still gives reason to consider this car over the newer Volkswagen models. No doubt the Citroen will also have a big price advantage in the real world, too.[/quote]

Exactly! Why or how Volkswagen and co. couldn't get their new city car to emit under 100 g of CO2 is beyond me. I like the way the face-lifted C1 looks, too - still cute but a bit more upmarket. If I was in the market (and bearing in mind how reliable it's been thanks to Toyota's involvement) I'd have one over the newer Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT models.

5 January 2012

VW, Skoda and Seat will soom come with their bleumotion versions that emit under 100g of CO2. These C1, 107 and Aygo are miles away from the roominess, safety and comfort of the VW products! Only a lower price will give them a chance.

R.Jeroen

5 January 2012

[quote LP in Brighton]

[quote Autocar]The Citroën C1 city car has slipped under 100g/km Co2 emissions for the first time as part of its final round of revisions before an all-new C1 is launched in 2013.

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Presumably the Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 107 are about to follow suit? I think you'd have to say this trio has remained surprisingly competitive eight years on

[/quote]Precisely. I love the Up! siblings, but the figures of the PSA triplets make them look a bit last-year! Whoever said 7 years is "too long" - no it isn't! These three siblings prove that a car can remain competitive - just look at how long the 2CV stayed in production, or the Defender. A car that's been on the market for 8 years, which now can slip under the 100g/km barrier, is something that's really worth noting.

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