Citroën at the Frankfurt Motor Show:
The C-line begins a new era with the New Citroën C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso. The renewal is clearly expressed with the Citroën Cactus concept, a vision for the future of C-line models.
The DS-line is as dynamic and engaging as ever, with over 370,000 units sold since 2010, 66% of which have been conquest sales. An exclusive new trim, Faubourg Addict, makes its debut on DS3, DS3 Cabrio, DS4 and DS5. Also on display are two concept cars, DS3 Cabrio Racing and, for the first time in Europe, Wild Rubis.
Citroën’s technological offensive is demonstrated by PSA Peugeot Citroën’s new EMP2 platform. The platform is making its debut on the new Citroën C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso, boasting the lowest CO2 emissions in the segment at 98g/km. The brand’s ‘Créative Technologie’ is also reflected in an increasingly efficient engine line-up, including a new Euro 6 BlueHDi powerplant. The BlueHDi engine will be available with 150bhp in the New C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso, and with an even more powerful 180bhp version in DS5. This technology offensive is also reflected with an addition to the PureTech petrol engine family and the full-hybrid solution called Hybrid Air – which combines compressed air and hydraulics, an expertise written into Citroën’s DNA.
Illustrating the renewal of the brand’s sporting endeavours, Citroën is presenting the C-Elysée WTCC, which is set to race in the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship with two outstanding drivers – Sébastien Loeb and Yvan Muller – at the wheel. This commitment is a new sporting and technological challenge for a brand that has won eight World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ titles.
A technological breakthrough, Hybrid Air uses a combination of air and hydraulics to reduce fuel consumption by 45% in urban driving compared with an equivalent petrol engine. Well suited to city cars, Hybrid Air is displayed in the latest C3, delivering in excess of 94mpg over a combined cycle and 69g/km of CO2.
Based on a combination of several proven components and technologies, Hybrid Air requires no additional batteries making it more affordable, easier to recycle and the system doesn’t have an effect on the amount of cabin space.