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2009-06-29 13:48
The all-new Citroën C3 is upon us, and in quirky French style adds a pile of new gimmicks and gadgets to entertain the entire family.

Although it retains its rounded profile, the new car has been restyled and lines are tauter than those seen on its predecessor.

The more spacious cabin is also said to have better quality finishes with aluminium and chrome detailing and provides better comfort for it five occupants.

It remains compact too (overall length is just under four metres), but the boot space is a respectable 300 litres and various storage bins have been included in the cabin to free up additional space.

One very cool feature on the new car is its Zenith windscreen that curves and extends to form part of the roof structure, allowing more light into the cabin. This, along with slimmer A-pillars, also allows for greater visibility from within the cabin.

C3 also appeals to the Playstation Generation with its MP3 audio system, USB and full iPod compatibility, Bluetooth hands-free kit and satellite navigation.

According to Citroën, road manners are also much improved and, importantly, the new model has not gained any weight over the car it replaces.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions should be competitive from launch, however, from 2011, new three-cylinder powerplants will be equipped with second generation stop-start technology and five- and six-speed electronic gearbox to produce even fewer emissions.

New C3 will be available in South Africa from February next year.

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