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2005-12-02 05:42

The Citroen C-AirPlay

Unveiled at the 2005 Bologna Motor Show in Italy, the Citroen C-AirPlay is described as "a fresh interpretation of a supermini designed for an active and dynamic lifestyle."

The original body architecture features a curvy exterior with no sharp breaks in the design lines, and an uncluttered cabin that places the emphasis on driving sensations.

Citroen says the C-AirPlay is the result of exploratory studies in creative design and in-depth research into driving pleasure.

Behind the wheel, the driver enjoys dynamic driving sensations based on physical and intellectual perceptions.

Air is a key factor both inside and outside C-AirPlay.

Air flow

From the lowest speeds the air flow around the driver is perceptible and plays an active role.

The air flows in through a ventilation system directly connected with the outside, and through the large air vents on the door panels.

At the same time, light floods in through the roof opening and the porthole windows on the lower part of the doors.

These windows offer a direct vision of the road, thus amplifying passenger sensations. Seeing the road close-up enhances the impression of speed.

Contributing to the flowing body lines of C-AirPlay, the tall windscreen extends right up to the wide panoramic roof.

This creates a vast glazed area that offers excellent visibility while also letting in maximum light.

Contrasting colours

The colours used by C-AirPlay are designed for contrast. The iridescent white bodywork is also present inside the car, alongside the bright red used for the cabin.

These two colours enhance the overall brightness of the car, and create an impression of vitality and warmth in the cabin.

The car has taut body lines and broad air intakes, while the rear-end has a strong, decisive look with broad chrome chevrons stating the visual identity of the marque.

The C-AirPlay is equipped with an 82 kW petrol engine, with SensoDrive automated gearbox with short gear ratios operated by steering wheel mounted gear paddles.

It uses Stop & Start technology for low fuel consumption and emission levels.

Although the cabin of the concept only accommodate two adults and their luggage in comfort, Citroen emphasises that this is, indeed, a supermini - same as the C3.

The level of equipment provided on C-AirPlay is fairly simple, but the car makes no compromises on safety. Driving controls and information are grouped on the steering wheel in order not to break up the pure design lines of the cabin.

The instruments are organised around two spheres including the speedometer, rev counter, fuel level, and other functions.

This equipment is back-lit as soon as the headlamps are switched on. The colour emitted is the same shade of red as the cabin.

Tactile zones in the centre of the front seats include gear controls, the electric window lifts and rearview mirror adjustment.


Length: 3 300 mm
Width: 1 680 mm
Height: 1 390 mm
Wheelbase: 2 230 mm

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