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2012-06-05 13:48

LITTLEST CITROEN NOW WITH LEDS: A revised front bumper sporting LEDs and improved steering makes the new C1 a much more competitive little hatchback in the budget market.

Following updates to the rest of the triplet city car pack – the Peugeot 107 and Toyota’s Aygo – Citroen’s lovable city car has been upgraded to be more city-friendly and more frugal than before, the automaker said.

In line with the changes, the CO2 emissions on the one-litre triple have been reduced to 99g/km, while the power output remains untouched at 50kW.


Fuel consumption is reduced, too, with Citroen reporting an average figure of 4.3 litres/100km on the combined cycle.

Changes beneath the metal include a revised power steering system that, Citroen said, presents improved feedback and shock absorbers recalibrated to provide added comfort.

The C1’s appearance gets a slight update, too, in the form of a redesigned front bumper and LED daytime running lights on the top Seduction model, although the hatchback’s appearance at the rear remains largely unchanged.

Two specification levels – Attraction and Seduction – make up the C1 line-up with the latter including modcons such as electric front windows, additional side airbags, Isofix child seat mountings, air conditioning and a CD player that includes an optional Connecting Box with Bluetooth and a USB socket.

Grant Bowring, marketing GM for Citroen SA, said: “Our new positioning allows us to compete head on in this competitive segment where consumers are conscious of monthly costs.

“It is also significant that the Attraction model can be tailored by the customer to up spec their car depending on their budgets and desires.”

New upholstery designs and a redesigned gearlever are some of the changes that have been made to the cabin, while the luggage capacity remains 139 litres (which can be expanded to 700 litres by tossing the 50:50 split rear seat forward).

There are also 12 additional stowage compartments dotted throughout the cabin for small odds-and-ends.


C1 Attraction – R99 900
C1 Seduction – R120 600

All C1 models are sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty and an optional service plan.

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