Citroen reacts to four star Euro NCAP rating
26 August 2009

Citroen has no immediate plans to fit stability control as standard to its cars despite missing out on a five star Euro NCAP safety rating again.

In the latest batch of test results released today, Citroen's C3 was the only car out of eight tested not to achieve a maximum five-star result.

Read about the latest Euro NCAP results

Instead, it was given four stars as ESC stability control is not fitted as standard across the majority of the Citroen C3 range. The Citroen C3 Picasso was also marked down from five to four stars recently for the same reason.

Euro NCAP introduced its new tougher test system - which removes a star if ESC isn't fitted on a majority of models in a range - at the start of this year.

"As you'd expect, we will be reviewing the results," said Citroen spokesman John Handcock. "Clearly a five star rating would be preferable.

"The Euro NCAP result says this is a safe car that is effectively a five-star vehicle with one exception.

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"However, there are no plans in place to change our policy at this point, and ESC is available on some cars in the range, just not all of them."

The Citroen C3 will go on sale in the UK early next year.

See the Citroen C3 picture gallery, plus all the details, here

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