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2017 Citroën C3

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Other manufacturers should take note of Citroën’s dedication to redesigning the C3

It’s been six years since Citroën debuted the second-generation C3 and three years since the car’s last facelift. Now, Citroën is kicking off the 2017 model year with a redesigned C3, and let me just say that it is a huge departure from the outgoing model. The front end has been completely redesigned; the side panels now include Airbump panels like we’ve seen previously on the C3 Cactus, and the new generation brings a new range of personalization options previously unavailable to the C3. Furthermore, there is some new technology to talk about, and Citroën has even gone so far as to add in the option of four different interior themes. In the power department, there is are three gasoline-powered engines and two diesel-powered mills to choose from, making this a versatile option in the world of compacts.

After seeing the spy shots, we really didn’t expect the C3 to change all that much but, upon first glance, the three-year wait from the last facelift is well worth it. Furthermore, this thing actually comes with its own built-in dashcam, which is something that you don’t generally find in a new car – at least not that I can recall anyway. The most interesting thing about this debut is that it was just earlier this month that we caught the C3 testing under heavy camo, and we certainly didn’t expect to see the sheet pulled off the car so soon. With that said, let’s quit wasting time and take a good look at what Citroën is bringing to the table with the all-new C3.

Updated 06/29/2016: Citroën dropped the official details on the new C3.

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2018 Citroen C3 Aircross

2018 Citroen C3 Aircross

The French automaker ramps up its presence in the compact SUV segment

One look at the current automotive landscape is all you need to see the incredible popularity of the crossover and SUV bodystyle. Not only is the high-riding, off-roader-esque style widespread in the U.S, but it’s gaining steam overseas as well. Taking advantage of the upwards trend is French automaker Citroen, which is reinvigorating its C3 nameplate with a new, next-gen crossover dubbed the C3 Aircross. Packing loads of customization options, a host of modern interior technology, and a wide selection of efficient gas and diesel powerplants, the C3 hopes to bring Citroen that sweet jacked-up hatchback success in a variety of markets across the world (minus the States, of course).

Framed as a “people-minded” crossover “inspired by customer expectations,” the new C3 Aircross follows in the footsteps of the Citroen C3 Aircross Concept revealed in April at the Shanghai Auto Show, while also drawing inspiration from the C-Aircross concept that dropped at the Geneva Motor Show. Now, following an official debut at the Paris Motor Show, we have a ton of info on the new production-ready Citroen C3 Aircross. Read on for all the details.

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2017 Citroen C3 WRC

2017 Citroen C3 WRC

Bringing back the French speed bubble

The thrills and spills of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season are just around the corner, with the annual Rallye Monte Carlo slated to kick things off later next month. With the new season arrives a fresh batch of rally warriors, ready and willing to tackle the wilds of one of the most challenging race series on the planet. Rejoining the fray will be French automaker Citroen, an old standby that took a brief hiatus during the 2016 season to devote as much time and resources as possible towards the development of the New C3 WRC racer. The return of Citroen’s gravel-munching stage monster coincides with the release of the non-rally-prepped New C3 street car, which recently dropped cover at this year’s Paris Motor Show. As a follow-up, Citroen Racing revealed its new WRC contender in Abu Dhabi, and per the new FIA regulations for 2017, it’s sporting more power, more wing, less weight, and a new drivetrain outfitted with centrally controlled differential.

The updates are so extensive, the 2017 cars are being labeled as next-gen racers, and when you pair the new regulations with the departure of the ever-dominant Volkswagen team, the question of who will end up grabbing the title in 2017 is still very much a matter of debate.

Many observers are pointing to Citroen as a possible new favorite. With the vastly upgraded C3 WRC now on the table, things are looking up for the automaker, especially when you consider its long resume of successes in rally racing, part of which includes 96 wins and eight manufacturer’s titles in the WRC.

Will Citroen be the brand to beat in 2017? Only time will tell, but for now, read on for all the nitty gritty on the New C3 WRC.

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2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept Car

2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept Car

A single example of why WRC is so awesome.

Citroen took off the 2016 FIA WRC championship season to focus on developing it’s new WRC car based on the C3. It’s only been a year, and we’re finally seeing the conceptual version make its debut ahead of the Paris Auto Show. As you can see, the car takes a lot of cues from the road-going C3 but has plenty of extreme modifications that make it suitable for its only purpose – tearing up every rally course it rolls onto. The car was developed in a joint venture between Citroen’s style center and Citroen Racing, and is nearly track ready, minus a few minor adjustments that we’ll talk about later. There’s no telling what’s under the hood of this concept, but we know the official race version will deliver 380 horsepower and be about 55 pounds lighter than this concept.

The important thing to remember here is that this model is just a concept and Citroen has kept certain things about the actual production car out of this Concept. It does feature the same width and aerodynamic features of the car that will be used in WRC, so don’t expect to see too many changes in the future. This new car comes as a push to publicize Citroen’s new C3 as well as proof that Citroen is taking its WRC heritage seriously and looks to expand its impressive portfolio of eight manufacturer’s titles and 96 wins.

So, will the new C3 WRC car be able to live up to the hype that Citroen has built up around its previous WRC performance? It’s hard to say, but let’s take a look at this concept and talk more about what’s to come.

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2017 Citroen C3 Picasso

2017 Citroen C3 Picasso

The next C3 Picasso has been spotted, and it looks like it might take on some significant changes

We have received a lot of spy shots lately, and today we got a new set of what looks to be the next Citroen C3 Picasso. Of course, you probably think it looks a lot like the Opel Meriva, and that’s Okay – you should. The Opel Meriva and the C3 Picasso both share the same platform and general design language. They both have their own styling cues, of course, but they are generally the same car with a different badge.

The C3 Picasso we see in the spy shots is under pretty heavy camo, so it’s hard to make out a lot of the details. At this point, Citroen even went so far as to cover the rear, side windows in camo as well to prevent any sneaky shots of the interior – I guess the driver has to stick his head out of the window to check his blind spots. Anyway, let’s take a look at what we can make out from the photos here, and maybe even speculate a little on what we’ll see when we get all of the official details.

Update 08/29/2016: We’re getting another look at the upcoming C3 Picasso through a second round of spy shots. Very little camo has been shed, but this time it has production-ready taillights.

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2017 Citroën C3

2017 Citroën C3

Other manufacturers should take note of Citroën’s dedication to redesigning the C3

It’s been six years since Citroën debuted the second-generation C3 and three years since the car’s last facelift. Now, Citroën is kicking off the 2017 model year with a redesigned C3, and let me just say that it is a huge departure from the outgoing model. The front end has been completely redesigned; the side panels now include Airbump panels like we’ve seen previously on the C3 Cactus, and the new generation brings a new range of personalization options previously unavailable to the C3. Furthermore, there is some new technology to talk about, and Citroën has even gone so far as to add in the option of four different interior themes. In the power department, there is are three gasoline-powered engines and two diesel-powered mills to choose from, making this a versatile option in the world of compacts.

After seeing the spy shots, we really didn’t expect the C3 to change all that much but, upon first glance, the three-year wait from the last facelift is well worth it. Furthermore, this thing actually comes with its own built-in dashcam, which is something that you don’t generally find in a new car – at least not that I can recall anyway. The most interesting thing about this debut is that it was just earlier this month that we caught the C3 testing under heavy camo, and we certainly didn’t expect to see the sheet pulled off the car so soon. With that said, let’s quit wasting time and take a good look at what Citroën is bringing to the table with the all-new C3.

Updated 06/29/2016: Citroën dropped the official details on the new C3.

Continue reading to learn more about the Citroën C3.

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2012 Citroen C3 Red Block Special Edition

2012 Citroen C3 Red Block Special Edition

A year after Citroen pulled the covers off of the C3 Red Block Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the French automaker is returning to the same event with the production version of the model, appropriately called the "C3 Red Block Special Edition."

The car will be part of a strong delegation for the Frenchies with the C3 Red Block Special Edition carrying some of the distinctive characteristics that were done on the concept version. The model will be made available in five different paint finishes - Shark Blue with a matching bumper strip, Banquise White, Aluminum Grey, Manitoba Grey, and Obsidian Black with a gloss black bumper strip. On top of the plethora of hues buyers can choose from, the C3 Red Block Special Edition will also sport a modified steering wheel system, a set of new 17" diamond-effect rims wrapped in 205/40 tires, a modified chassis, and a lowered suspension set-up that drops the car’s ride height by 25mm.

Inside, the C3 Red Block Special Edition gets treated to some fancy make-overs, particularly the gloss black dashboard fascia, which adds a certain panache to the car. There are also aluminum-finished pedals and front door surrounds, a smaller sports steering wheel, and as an option to prospective buyers, red leather upholstery.

Engine options are also part of the offering for the special edition C3. For this bad boy, customers can opt to choose from an e-HDi 90 diesel, an e-HDi 100 diesel, and a VTi 120 petrol engine, with the respective outputs ranging from 90-120 horsepower.

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2011 Citroen C3 Red Block

2011 Citroen C3 Red Block

With only one week away from the Geneva Motor Show, Citroen is giving us a glimpse of some of the models they will be revealing in Switzerland. To be honest, we expected something along the lines of the Survolt concept revealed last year, but their Facebook official page is showing something a little less extravagant. Citroen’s new C3 Red Block model will make its official debut on March 3rd, 2011, and is described as the rebel version of the city car.

The French manufacturer hasn’t said a work about any engine updates the car may have received, but they did announce that the Red Block version will come with a lowered suspension, a new set of 17" wheels, and a matte red Thorium tint with a 3D Bulldog carved dashboard.

The goal of transforming the C3 into a more devilish reincarnation of itself is to attract younger buyers, but with no engine updates to speak of as of yet, we don’t know how successful Citroen will be in getting the kiddies to buy this car.

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2011 Citroen C3 by Musketier

2011 Citroen C3 by Musketier

We rarely hear from the Musketier tuning firm, but that doesn’t mean that mean these guys have fallen off the face of the earth. Recently, the German tuning company that specializes on aftermarket works done on Toyota, Citroen and Peugeot vehicles unveiled their latest work on the Citroen C3.

Taking inspiration from the higher-spec DS3, Musketier went out and added some new aesthetic touches on the C3, including the addition of LED daytime running lights on the car’s vertical front bumper with a matching contrasting color painted on the edges of the C3’s fenders and the lower edge of the bumper. On top of that, Musketier also reshaped the car’s rear lower lip to be able to install the twin exhaust system. The tuning firm also lowered the car’s overall ride height by 35 mm and while also installing a set of 18” wheels. Over at the interior, Musketier dressed up the C3 with leather upholstery while adding touches of carbon fiber and aluminum. Finally, the German tuning company also tweaked with the C3’s electronic system, resulting in a boost in output from 115 horsepower to 129 horsepower.

At face value, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of changes done on the C3, but nonetheless, Musketier’s work is still worth noting, especially if you’re as big fans of the C3 as we are.

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The Finalists For The European Car of the Year

In the glorious country that is the United States of America, we have an interesting and ineffective way of naming our favorite vehicles. It seems every magazine - and sometimes states - gets to name their favorite car of the year. While this can be great for the automaker’s advertising, it can confuse the public just a tad. What car is better here, the winner of Magazine A or Magazine B?

In Europe, things go a bit smoother. Seven different publications from seven different countries pick what they think is the best car of the year. It takes a few months, but in the end you get one winner, which was the Opel Insignia last year.

The finalists for this year came down to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Citroën C3/DS3, Renault/Dacia Duster, Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max, Nissan Leaf, Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, and Volvo S60/V60.

If those are the choices, we choose the Alfa. The Volvo puts up a strong case, but nothing compares to that Italian soul and passion. Despite our pick, we doubt the jurors will feel the same.

So which vehicle do you think deserves to be Car of the Year? Hit us up in the comments section below.

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2010 Citroen C3 Picasso "BLACKCHERRY" Edition

2010 Citroen C3 Picasso "BLACKCHERRY" Edition

Put a cherry on top of this special-edition Citroen C3 Picasso because it sure as heck is mouth-watering.

The French automaker already has a slew of special edition models for the C3 Picasso, but the company figured that there’s no harm in adding another member to the family.

So that being said, feast your eyes on this cherry-popping ride straight from the C3 Picasso family, the “BLACKCHERRY”.

If first impressions could kill, then this hot hatch should be tried for murder. While the car’s technical specs aren’t exactly what you’d call a game changer – a 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 90 horsepower doesn’t really strike fear in anyone – the overall look of the car, especially the spectacular use of the two-tone cherry red and glossy black finish, is cherry hotness personified.

The exterior paint is complimented by the same use of the two colors for the car’s interior detailing, as well as on the side mirrors, the roof rails, and even on the wheels. Speaking of the wheels, there’s nothing mundanely ordinary about those, either. Keeping up to the overall theme of the BLACKCHERRY, Citroen used a set of 17-inch cherry red diamond-tipped alloy wheels on the special edition hatchback, providing a fitting completion to one hot piece of hatchback – a cherry on top of the sundae, if you will.

Although the number of C3 Picasso BLACKCHERRY models wasn’t announced, the car is expected to come with a sticker price of £15,195 – about $24,000 at the current exchange rates.

Press Release after the jump

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Citroen launches design competition for the CS3

Citroen launches design competition for the CS3

Care to see your car designing ambitions come to fruition? Citroen’s giving you the opportunity to do so. Then again, all you need to do is win the company’s new DS3 Design Competition. Sounds easy, right?

The French company is opening up a contest that pits would-be designers to compete for the right to design the DS3’s roof and dashboard. OK, it’s not exactly as glamorous as designing the whole car, but its still a shot at getting your work recognized.

And if you’re thinking that the contest will be judged by also-rans and never-heards, then, well, you couldn’t be further from the truth. A slew of heavyweight designers representing GQ, Louis Vuitton, and the Cartier Foundation will be on-hand to judge your work. Should you win, your personally-designed DS3 will be proudly displayed at theParis Motor Show and also at Citroen’s very own C 42 show on the Champs Elysees.

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Video: Citroen C3 Visiodrive ’Swing’ commercial

This may look like a fun thing to do, but we strongly suggest that anybody who’s even contemplating on pulling this off should reconsider their options.

Citroen’s new commercial, which they’ve so conveniently titled ’Swing’, takes two ballsy teenagers on a ride of a lifetime on-board the new 2010 C3 hatchback. Of course, when we say ride, that leaves plenty of room for misinterpretation so we’ll just invite you to check out the video to see why, despite the thrills you’ll most likely get by doing this, we still suggest you take the figurative high road and keep your wheels on the ground.

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2010 Citroen C3

2010 Citroen C3

The new generation Citroen C3 will go on sale this November. Sold in more than 2 million units until now, the C3 is one of the most successful models on the European market.

The new C3 will get new powerplants starting 2011, incorporating second-generation Stop & Start. Coupled with five- and six-speed electronic gearboxes, they will equip diesel versions emitting only 95 and 90 g/km de CO2. In short, the new generation of three-cylinder engines will enable versions emitting less than 100 g/km de CO2.

With a length of 3.94 m, a width of 1.71 m and a 10.2 m turning circle, it is perfect for the city.

Press release after the jump.

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Citroen C3 Picasso with Start-Stop technology

Citroen C3 Picasso with Start-Stop technology

Citroen unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the second generation Stop & Start technology. It was displayed using this white and orange C3 Picasso. The new technology will be introduced in 2010 and will be available on a range of gas and diesel models.

The special show car offers even better economy than the standard model with almost 70mpg on the combined cycle as well as low CO2 emissions of just 110g/km thanks to the new Stop & Start technology and six-speed EGS (Electronic Gearbox System). When the new C3 Picasso is launched in 2009, diesel versions will be fitted with a Particulate Filter System and will meet the Company’s green ‘Airdream’ criteria (CO2 emissions below 130 g/km when running on gas, under 158 g/km if the vehicles is running on diesel.)

The new-generation Stop & Start system will retain the combined alternator-starter unit, which Citroen claims provides quiet, smooth and almost instantaneous restarts, and will produce even better fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Improving the system’s environmental performance further, the new generation Stop & Start will also recover energy during braking and deceleration to recharge the vehicle’s battery without consuming fuel.

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2009 Citroen C3 Picasso

2009 Citroen C3 Picasso

Citroen will unveil the all new C3 family body style at this year’s Paris Motor Show, ahead of launch in first-quarter 2009. The C3 Picasso is a concept vehicle that revolutionizes user-friendliness with its intuitive modular design that allows owners to optimize interior space in record time.

Measuring 4.08 m long, 1.73 m wide and 1.62 m tall, it has a surprisingly compact front end and a strictly vertical rear end. These original proportions provide an incredible amount of cabin room. The boot is equally capacious, boasting up to 500 litres VDA under the parcel shelf with all five seats in place.

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Citroen launches Cachet special edition range

Citroen launches Cachet special edition range

Citroen, the biggest French manufacturer unveiled again a new special edition range, the Cachet. The C2, C3 and C4 will be the vehicles on which the new edition will be available.

You may say: so what? Does this contain any improvements? Well, the answer is YES! The supermini C2 comes with alloy wheels, front fog lamps, air conditioning, mp3 compatible CD player and is available in 4 stylish colours: black, arctic steel, poseidon blue and sport red. Another option is that you can choose between two petrol engines.

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