Currently reading: Environmental rules make Citroen C1 "nearly impossible" to replace
Citroen CEO Vincent Cobée confirms that the city car is likely to be killed off once it goes off sale
Autocar
News
2 mins read
9 September 2021

The Citroën C1 will be "nearly impossible" to replace as a result of tightening emissions regulations and market conditions, the firm's CEO has revealed.

Reports last year suggested the city car was facing the axe, along with the jointly developed Peugeot 108, with partner Toyota having separately confirmed it would continue with the Aygo alone for a further generation having been able to prove a business case for it.

Vincent Cobée has now nigh-on confirmed that decision, saying: "That segment is being erased by the environmental pressure. It's nearly impossible to continue.

"The fact is that a Citroën C3 is almost the equivalent price when you factor in residual values and ownership costs. On a lease, the price is almost the same."

In recent years, costly development of engines and exhaust filtration systems to meet ever-tightening emissions laws have made city cars increasingly difficult to manufacturer to a cost that customers are willing to pay for them. 

Prior to forming Stellantis, the PSA Group sold its stake in its joint venture with Toyota, through which the C1 and 108 have been related to the Toyota Aygo and built alongside it in the Czech Republic since 2005.

Citroën launched the Ami, an electric quadricycle that can be driven in some European countries by 16-year-olds without a driving licence, last year. It's capable of just 26mph and only 47 miles of range but can be rented for as little as €19.99 (£17) per month and bought for only €6000 (£5054).

The French firm continues to evaluate if there is a market to sell it in Britain. However, Citroën UK boss Eurig Druce has repeatedly talked up his desire to do so and. following a campaign to measure its appeal among potential buyers, has received more than 10,000 expressions of interest.

READ MORE

Ami, myself and I: life with Citroen's 28mph city car

Citroen boss: 90% chance of Ami launch in the UK

Merged FCA-PSA group to be called Stellantis 

 

Advertisement

Read our review

Car review

More power and new style improves the Citroen C1's performance and kerb appeal, but it's still not up there with the VW Up, Seat Mii, Skoda Citygo and our other favourite city cars

Join the debate

Comments
22
Add a comment…
artill 10 September 2021

@shiakas

I didnt know they existed, and am not sure i would class them as proper cars, they look more like quadracycles, but either way, i would welcome them on sale in Europe. More choice is a good thing. The problem is that the European makers are taking their city cars off sale, and not offering any alternative, just expecting the buying public to spend more money on a bigger car

shiakas 10 September 2021
@artill Chinese automakers seem perfectly capable of producing small cheap EVs (Ora R1 or the Baojun E300).
While some european and japanese automakers are whining, others are about to put them out of business.
xxxx 10 September 2021

@GavJ, all cars face future emission issues. Like I said 'nealy impossible' means nothing and the list of current city cars is long.