Next C3 to be smaller and lighter
12 September 2008

Citroen is aiming to introduce its new C3 hatchback by the beginning of 2010. The new Citroen C3 will take design cues from the recently revealed C3 Picasso MPV but still keep its own individual design.“We do not want to produce Russian dolls,” said Carlo Bonzanigo, head of concept design at Citroen, “and as long as we communicate clearly the values of the Citroen brand then we have a lot of freedom of design.”The company is remaining tight-lipped about the new Golf-rival, but expect it to be smaller and lighter than the current C3. Citroen is also making a push towards “a more upper-class, premium feel” across the range, according to Bonzanigo, so expect a big improvement in materials, layout and usable space inside the next C3.The stop-start system already in use in the current C3 hatch will also appear in the next-generation model and the new C3 Picasso.

Vicky Parrott

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12 September 2008

Scoop??

12 September 2008

Golf rival? It's not a Golf rival! It's smaller than a Golf!! It's a Fiesta/Ibiza/Clio rival! I can't wait to see it - should be another cracking design from Citroen!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

13 September 2008

Yes exactly - the pretty C4 is Golf-sized. But what ARE 'Citroen brand values' (sic) these days? Totally conventional mechanicals - hydropneumatic suspension, adieu - dressed up in mildly quirky styling. Or not even that in the case of the C5... And reduced-for-quick-sale pricing. The C3 Picasso is only notable for its windscreen detailing - a Roomster is far more eccentric. OK enough Citroen-bashing for now!

13 September 2008

Citroen design values?! Taken them long enough to try and re-discover them though the C5 is a typical PSA value design cop-out - it should have been much more radical inside and out and who on earth dreamt of hobbling Citroens with Peugeot's dreadful suspension set ups?!

The C3 needs to be as unique as the new Fiesta (Golf my foot!) in terms of exterior styling and have some sort of quirkiness both inside and out to be a true Citroen.

This doesn't mean it should be badly made and unreliable, they aren't mutually exclusive values.

The C4 is an absolute blinding true Citroen - the C6 would have been if they hadn't fudged the interior by raiding the Peugeot parts bin for the centre console and going all conservative with the dash - given how eccentric the exterior is and therefore what type of person would buy the car, why not push the envelope on the inside as well? They made the same mistake with the XM - the original interior, pictures of which can be found in the book about the car - featured holographic HUDs and LCD displays, sound familiar BMW and Merc?! Turning headlights featured on the 2nd generation DS in the 70s yet everyone from Audi to Vauxhall is now claiming it as some amazing new 21st century innovation.

The C6 is really the car the CX/XM should have always been but no doubt there is some narrow minded, PSA or Peugeot executive that wouldn't let the designers innovate. Even Renault lets them do that and they are the traditional homeland of conservative industrial French design sans-flair!

....and breath!

13 September 2008

The C2 is the Fiesta rival and the C3 'is' the Golf rival funnily enough. You see, Citroen kept most of their models compact, whereas others just made their cars fat and overweight!!

13 September 2008

if the C2 is a Fiesta rival and the C3 a Golf rival, whats the point of the C4 (which i thought was a Golf rival).

13 September 2008

The C2 is the 3-door Fiesta rival. The C3 is the 5-door Fiesta rival. The C4 is the Golf rival. The C3, Fiesta, Clio and Mazda 2 are superminis. The C4, Golf, Focus and Megane are small family cars. And I actually think that most Citroens are quirky. The C5 is by far the quirkiest and bravest family saloon on sale at the moment. Pretty much all French cars are quirky in some way or another.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

15 September 2008

Thanks for clearing that up Mini1.

You made me laugh when you say Golf sized cars are small cars. Did you know that are the same width as a 1980's Mercedes E-Class and even the new Corsa has the same body width as a Rover 800? Cars today are far too big and overweight and it's not all down to safety, time to reverse this trend i think. After all, if you keep stretching the wheelbase and making them very wide, it makes them harder and harder to park. Indeed i have on occasion not been able to open my door in some car parks because of the width and my closer proximity to other vehicles.

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