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History of the Citroen C1

The Citroën C1 is a city car that was launched in 2005.

The entry-level urban motor has attracted more than 620,000 customers worldwide, with more than 80,000 sold in the UK since its launch.

Latest features on the Citroen C1 include carbon dioxide emissions from 99g/km, LED daytime running lights, a CD audio system with Citroën’s integrated Connecting Box - Bluetooth system with USB socket - and an Electronic Gearbox System with steering-mounted paddles.

The car was developed by PSA Peugeot Citroen in a shared project with Toyota. Three vehicles were spawned by the venture with the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo identical to the C1 bar the following.

The Peugeot 107 differs in regards to the front bumper plus front and rear lights, while the Aygo features other cosmetic differences while still basically being the same car.

All of these city cars are built at state-of-the-art facilities owned by the Toyota Peugeot Citroen Automobile joint-venture sited at Kolín, a city in the Czech Republic.

Plans to build the C1 et al were announced at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show and with the body designed by Donato Coco.

The C1 is a four-seater hatchback measuring 3.40 metres (133.9 in) in length.

One of the main exterior features of the C1 is the large tail light cluster which extends from the edge of the rear doors to the rear window. This means there is no external metal C-pillar.

The power unit for the C1 is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine which offers average fuel economy on a combined cycle just in excess of 60mpg.

The engine was designed for city life but is able to cruise on the motorway as well. Peak torque comes at 3600rpm and the gearbox has five widely-spaced ratios so high revs are needed a lot of the time.

Equipment on the C1 range includes remote central locking, colour-coded wing mirrors, side airbags, an engine rev counter, alloy wheels, half leather trimmed seats, chrome interior trim inserts and glove box cover.

The C1 received a facelift in 2009 which included changes to the front bumper which incorporated a new grille.

Trim levels were also changed with the basic Vibe models becoming VT, while the Rhythm model became ‘VTR’.

Seat fabrics and ventilation controls were also altered, and all models received colour-coded front bumpers and new wheel trims.

Engines remained the same, but alterations meant the 1.0-litre petrol offered lower carbon dioxide emissions and improved fuel economy compared to the previous generation.

The steering on the C1 is light and the gearbox smooth. There’s lots of glass making visibility good while the tight turning circle is another plus for parking and quick changes of direction present no problems. The suspension is efficient and there is good levels of grip.

The Citroen C1’s list prices are extremely reasonable, and Citroen dealers are never shy with discounts. Rnning costs are reasonable so a year’s motoring won’t break the bank.

All Citroen C1s sit in low insurance groups, and the engine averages more than 65mpg.

The Citroen C1 has seen few complaints about reliability of its mechanicals - with glowing reports from owners in the 2011 JD Power customer satisfaction survey.

As far as safety is concerned on the Citroen C1 there’s an anti-lock braking system which offers a feature designed to keep the car stable whether the brake pedal is pressed on a straight road or in the middle of a bend. Two front airbags are fitted as standard in every model. Only the top specification model gets side airbags. Stability control is available as an extra on the top-rated model.