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Some 1.2 million examples of the baby hatchback have been sold since its launch in 2005

Citroën has ended production of the Citroen Citroen C1 city car after 17 years, with the last model rolling off the production line at Kolín in the Czech Republic. 

The French firm has sold 1.2 million examples of the city car since its 2005 launch, attributing its success to its stylish design, urban driving dynamics and everyday practicality.

The C1 has been taken out of production due to a “change in priorities for the group”, with the Stellantis-owned manufacturer “looking ahead to the future of urban mobility”. 

Citroën said changes to working patterns, the introduction of restrictions in city centres and the need for more space and versatility have required a refocus. 

It told Autocar that it has no direct replacement for the C1 on the way any time soon but anticipates that the launch of a more affordable Citroen C3 supermini  will effectively plug the gap. 

The C3 You! will be introduced in April, priced from £12,995 - slightly more expensive the Dacia Sandero Comfort, which is priced from £11,745. 

The new model is cheaper than the C1 was in its range-topping Flair specification yet features more competitive equipment. 

“For that money, you’re getting a bigger boot, five seats, LED headlights and more safety equipment,” Citroën told Autocar. 

“For people who want a practical and affordable five-door, we hope the C3 will take existing C1 business when those customers are up for renewal. We think they will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of equipment and space." 

Citroën also anticipates that customers who use their cars only to drive around city environments will consider the forthcoming Ami Electric quadricycle.

The end of C1 production means Toyota now solely owns and uses the Kolín factory, where it will build its new Aygo X city car.


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GavJ 30 January 2022
No wonder sales have dropped off. It used to be a cheap car.
Our 2007 metallic black C1 cost £6k. Our 2012 one cost £7k.
That's about £8.5k at today's money.
They seem to be about £11k now.

After 17 years they should have covered all the R&D costs so each one should be profitable.

I would like to replace out 2007 car with one of the final cars. But I don't think £11k is a fair price for one.

Maybe Citroen could offer a part exchange offer to current C1 owners.

ianp55 27 January 2022

I think that Stellantis will regret discontinuing the 108/C1 moving up to the 208/C3 as an entry point of the range is a big step up in the price point and the plus points of these cars was that they were to buy and run and had lot of personalization options to choose from. What is it that Toyota know by continuing with the new Aygo+ rather than producing a stripped out entry version  such as the C3 You!

SAS32 27 January 2022
It's not just the emissions issue but also the lack of margins as even a small city car has to meet ever more stringent safety legislation but the price point for these cars remains relatively static.

I can understand why most manufacturers are abandoning this market when they already offer relatively small cars such as the C3 and 208 in the segment above.

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